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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 21, 2004

UI Health Care To Present Community Seminar On Epilepsy Nov. 8

University of Iowa Health Care experts will discuss epilepsy and seizures during a free community seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Matthew A. Howard III, M.D., professor and head of neurosurgery, and Mark A. Granner, M.D., associate professor (clinical) of neurology, will present this "Health For Your Lifetime" program that will give an overview of epilepsy and provide the latest information in research and treatment options. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

This program will include discussion of the following:

-- What causes epilepsy and who is at risk
-- How epilepsy is diagnosed and treated
-- The surgical realm of epilepsy
-- Advances in epilepsy research

About 2.5 million Americans have epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but most of the time the cause is unknown.

While the cause of seizures in epilepsy is often unknown, some recent studies show that up to 70 percent of children and adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy can be successfully treated.

Advance registration for this free community seminar is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 319-384-8442 or toll free 800-777-8442. Registration is available online at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call Tom Walljasper, Community Relations, in advance at 319-384-7353.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Tom Walljasper.