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Dr. Steven Schachter Presents 9th Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy at the Annual American Epilepsy Society Meeting

Date: 12/20/2011

Steven Schachter, MD, CIMIT Chief Academic Officer and Neurotechnology Program Leader, was this year's featured Hoyer Lecture speaker on December 3 at the 65th annual American Epilepsy Society Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

The ninth in a series of lectures, Schachter emphasized looking into the day-to-day aspects of epilepsy, such as the experience of seizures from the point of view of someone having a seizure and how artwork and music can inspire research because they underscore the perspectives of people affected by epilepsy. An accompanying slideshow of artwork he has collected over the years by talented people affected by epilepsy demonstrated the importance of responding holistically to patients.

Also part of the Judith Hoyer lecture was a musical rendition of a seizure, performed by the Grammy-nominated Relache Ensemble, titled When the Spirit Catches You. The contemporary piece was written by composer and assistant professor at Temple University, Cynthia Folio, who has a daughter, Lydia, with epilepsy. Lydia narrated the visual presentation that accompanied the musical performance.

Read more about the 2011 Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy:
» A More Complete Picture of Seizures and Their Implications by Lisa Boylan
» Inside the Heads of Epilepsy Patients by Gordy Slack

About Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy

The Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy is a lecture series held in memory of Mrs. Judith Hoyer, an active member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation and the late wife of Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD). Mrs. Hoyer spent her life both helping families to cope with epilepsy and promoting research into a cure and a better quality of life for those with the disorder. The purpose of the lecture is to raise awareness of epilepsy among researchers and the public and provide intellectual stimulation that will encourage continuing progress toward finding a cure for epilepsy.


CIMIT is the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. A non-profit consortium of Boston-area teaching hospitals and engineering schools, CIMIT provides innovators with resources to explore, develop and implement novel technological solutions for today’s most urgent healthcare problems. Participants in the consortium are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Northeastern University, Partners HealthCare and VA Boston Healthcare System.

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