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NW Epilepsy Conferences to Highlight Marijuana Treatments

NW Epilepsy Conferences to Highlight Marijuana Treatments

Seattle, WA October 17, 2014

The NW Epilepsy Foundation announces two regional conferences in November celebrating National November Epilepsy Awareness Month. The conferences will be held in Seattle, WA and Spokane, WA, and are free and open to the public.

The conference in Seattle will be on Saturday, November 8 at the Wright Auditorium at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Keynote speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Bucchalter, Director of the Comprehensive Children’s Epilepsy Center at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bucchalter will speak on Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) – A Conversation Based on Risk and Empathy. SUDEP is the leading cause of premature death among people with epilepsy, and topic gaining more attention in research and patient-provider relationships.

Use of marijuana in treatment of epilepsy, “Medical Marijuana: Current Impacts on Epilepsy Treatment” will be presented by Dr. Russell Saneto of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Other conference presentation topics include “Sleep and Impacts on Epilepsy,” “Anti-Seizure Medication,” “Infants/Preschool Age Children with Epilepsy,” and a panel of medical professionals for a question and answer period.

To register for the Seattle Conference go to: (The Seattle Conference will also be available in webcast.)

The conference in Spokane will be held on Saturday, November 15 at the Health Education Center at the Providence Holy Family Hospital from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. David Lord, Public Policy Director, Disability Rights of Washington, will present on “Your Rights and Responsibilities.” Other conference presentation topics include “Medical Marijuana: Current Impacts on Epilepsy Treatment,” “Advancements in Treatments for Epilepsy,” and a panel of parents speaking on “Caregiving and Epilepsy.”

To register for the Spokane Conference go to:
For more information, go to

About EFNW
The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest (EFNW) leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy. EFNW is the principal advocate for the epilepsy community in Oregon, Washington, Alaska with support to Montana. Nearly 136,000 people are living with epilepsy or seizure related disorders in the Northwest.


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