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Epilepsy Foundation and George Washington University Epilepsy Center Partner to Webcast Grand Rounds Series on

The monthly series, featuring leading epilepsy specialists on a wide variety of topics, will be available live and on demand on

WASHINGTON (Oct. 9, 2014) —, the largest website worldwide dedicated to epilepsy and seizures, will begin hosting Epilepsy Grand Rounds, a monthly seminar series by the George Washington University (GW) Epilepsy Center. The series, which began in January 2013, covers a wide variety of epilepsy-related topics, presented by renowned experts in the field.

“Thanks to our partnership with, this series will now be visible to hundreds of thousands of physicians, health care providers, and lay persons from all over the world,” said Mohamad Koubeissi, M.D., director of the GW Epilepsy Center and associate professor of neurology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “With this exposure, we will have greater opportunity to educate and improve knowledge, competence, and clinical performance of larger numbers of attendees.”

With more than 1.3 million page views per month and over 600,000 unique visitors per month, the Epilepsy Foundation’s is the premier destination for people living with epilepsy, their caregivers, and experts in seizure treatment, care, and research. The webinar series will be hosted within, a section of the site that provides a forum for strong and innovative voices in the field.

“ exists to improve education and awareness of epilepsy for everyone,” said Joseph Sirven, M.D., editor-in-chief of “The Epilepsy Foundation is an unwavering ally for all people impacted by epilepsy and seizures, including the health care providers who are so important to treatment and care. Our partnership with the George Washington University will provide a global platform for the excellent Grand Rounds presentations and help improve the lives of our community.”

Past guest speakers for Epilepsy Grand Rounds include Jerome Engel, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles; Jaqueline French, M.D., New York University; Elson So, M.D., Mayo Clinic; and Greg Holmes, M.D., Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, among others. The upcoming lectures will be hosted on

  • “Understanding the Neurobiology of Limbic Epilepsy to Improve Surgical Outcomes,” by Ed Bertram, M.D., University of Virginia, on Oct. 14 at 8 a.m. EST; and
  • “Single Pulse Electrical Stimulation to Probe human Brain Connectivity and Epileptogenicity,” by Riki Matsumoto, M.D., Ph.D., Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, on Nov. 18 at 8 a.m. EST.
  • “Sleep and Epilepsy: Importance for Memory,” by Carl Bazil, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University, on Dec. 16 at 8 a.m. EST.

The lectures are live-streamed, enabling attendees to send questions to the speakers in real time. They are also archived for later viewing. The webinar series also provides continuing medical education for participating physicians.

To learn more about the GW Epilepsy Center and its educational resources focused on epilepsy, visit:

To learn more about the new professional development section of, visit:

Media: To interview Dr. Koubeissi, please contact Lisa Anderson at or 202-270-4841. To interview Dr. Sirven, please contact Ken Lowenberg at or 301-918-3773.


About Epilepsy:
When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite all available treatments, four out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures while many more experience less than optimal seizure control.

About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:
Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities.

About the Epilepsy Foundation:
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with 48 affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. For additional information, please visit

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