An estimated 2.2 million people in the United States live with epilepsy, a brain disorder characterized by sudden and unpredictable seizures. Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, proposes public health initiatives that aim to improve the lives of people with epilepsy and their families and promote public understanding of the disorder. The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing starting at 10 a.m. EDT Friday, March 30, in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may participate through a live audio webcast available at http://www.national-academies.org.
The release of the report coincides with the sixth annual National Walk for Epilepsy, to be held Saturday, March 31, in Washington, D.C.
Advance copies will be available to reporters only starting at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, March 29. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 10 a.m. EDT on March 30. To obtain a copy, contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail email@example.com. To register for the briefing, please go to http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/Disease/Epilepsy/2012-MAR-30.aspx.