Jersey City Medical Center Hosting Second Annual Epilepsy Conference

Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) and the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey will co-sponsor the second annual Epilepsy Conference in September.

The free half-day conference will be held at JCMC, located at 355 Grand St. and will feature experts discussing the following topics:

  • Treatment for Epilepsy: What’s on the Horizon?
  • Advances in Epilepsy Surgery; Memory Treatment Program for Persons with Epilepsy
  • Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in Public Schools
  • SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death from Epilepsy): Facts and Fiction
  • Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey: Services for Children and Adults Living with Epilepsy in the Garden State

“Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent neurological condition in the United States, affecting two to three percent of the population at some time in their lives,” said Dr. Evan Fertig, an epileptologist and co-director of the Epilepsy Center at Jersey City Medical Center who will present at the conference. “This conference is intended to give the public an overview of epilepsy, while examining specific issues that confront both children and adults with the disorder.”

Epilepsy is a condition marked by seizures, which are defined as sudden alterations of behavior due to temporary changes in the electrical functioning of the brain. A person is said to have epilepsy if he or she has had two or more seizures that are not provoked (for example by drugs or alcohol or extremely low blood sugar).

According to the American Epilepsy Society, epilepsy affects 50 million people globally and three million Americans. It is the most common neurological disorder found in children living in the U.S. and the third most common neurological condition affecting adults (after Alzheimer’s disease and stroke). It is as common as breast cancer in women or Type I Diabetes.

The conference will be held on September 22 and begins at 8:30 am with registration and a free breakfast. The program itself runs from 9 am to 12 pm. For more information or pre-registration, call 914-428-9213 (dial option 6) or email events[at]epilepsygroup.com.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.