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Release: Nov. 13, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on epilepsy Nov. 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark A. Granner, M.D., an associate professor of clinical neurology and director of the epilepsy monitoring unit with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on epilepsy with a nationwide audience from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.14.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Epilepsy is the second most common neurological condition after migraine. Today, epilepsy can in most cases be controlled with the correct medical treatment. However, living with epilepsy has its problems, and special education and care are required for the person with epilepsy to lead an active, healthy, and satisfying life. Granner will discuss selected medical and social issues related with epilepsy and will answer questions from the audience.

After receiving his medical degree from UI College of Medicine, Granner completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in electro-encephalography and epilepsy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He joined UI Health Care in 1993.

Granner is affiliated with the American Epilepsy Society and the Epilepsy Foundation of America. His clinical interests are in epilepsy and neurology, and his research interests are in the surgical treatment and pharmacotherapy of epilepsy.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.