01-09-2017| Epilepsy Ireland hosts National Conference in Sligo

01 September 2017
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Epilepsy Ireland, the national epilepsy organisation, is holding a national epilepsy conference with 10 high quality speakers in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo on September 9th (10.30am – 4pm). Affecting almost 40,000 people in Ireland, epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions.

Epilepsy facts

  • 1 in 115 people have epilepsy in Ireland
  • 1 in every 20 people will have a single seizure at some time during their lives
  • Nationally, there are approximately 10,000 children (under 16 years old) with the condition
  • About 12,000-15,000 people in Ireland have uncontrolled epilepsy at any time
  • Approximately 1,200 – 2,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year in Ireland
  • Worldwide there are at least 50 million people with the condition

The event will focus on what's new in epilepsy care and will feature some of the following speakers:

  • Dr. Bryan Lynch -'Top 10 things parents should know about their child's epilepsy' Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Temple Street Children's University Hospital
  • Dr. Kevin Murphy- 'Top 10 things adults should know about their epilepsy'
  • Consultant Neurologist, Sligo Regional Hospital
  • Dr. Andrea Higgins 'Top 10 things you should know about memory & epilepsy' Senior Neuropsychologist, Bloomfield Hospital and Health Services, Dublin

Speaking ahead of this year's National Conference Epilepsy Ireland CEO, Peter Murphy, said: "Over the years this event has proved extremely beneficial for people with epilepsy, their families and carers. The conference always provides useful information in the advances of treating the condition as well as Q&A sessions with medical professionals. There is a strong focus on children this year, which will also be extremely beneficial for parents. This is also a great opportunity for everyone in the epilepsy community to come together and share their experiences. Epilepsy Ireland has a significant connection with Sligo as our award winning pre-employment course Training For Success is based in IT Sligo. The course is entering its twentieth year and 85% of graduates have found a job or upskilled after they completed the programme."


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