Our National Conference took place in Cork this past weekend with over 200 attendee's from across the Country joining us for a day of discussion & learning on Epilepsy.
The day's proceedings began with an inspirational talk from Mark O'Reilly from Fitvision who focused on how epilepsy has positively infleunced his life. Mark was followed by Dr. Danny Costello, consultant neurologist at Cork University Hospital, who spoke about developing treatments in epilepsy with a key aspect of his presentation focusing on how epilepsy is an individual condition with treatments varying from person to person.
There was then a short break in proceedings with the presentation of the National Volunteer Award to the Tour De Gaggs team. The tour began ten years ago and was set up in memory of Alan Gallagher. Since it's inception, the tour has raised over €75k for Epilepsy Ireland. We were delighted to present the award to Niall Harte & Eoghan O'Shea as representatives of the tour as a small acknowledgement of our appreciation of their fantastic support over the years.
We then heard from our very own National Information Officer, Geraldine Dunne on the aids & appliances that are available for epilepsy. This presentation also included personal testimony from Epilepsy Ireland member, Robert Keane from Clare about how the Embrace Watch device has changed life for him & his family in the managment of his epilepsy.
Finally, in terms of speakers at the conference, we had what was arguably the most anticipated part of our conference - research presented by Neil Powell from Queen's University Belfast on whether dogs can predict seizures. In a fascinating presentation, Neil's research has provided evidence that man's best friend may indeed be able to predict seizures. The early findings from his research are very positive but further studies are required. Nonetheless, these initial findings are very exciting and we look forward to hearing more on Neil's important research.
After a break for lunch, the day's proceedings concluded with two workshops; one for adults with epilepsy & one for children and families. The workshops featured an array of experts and speakers and we hope that everyone in attendance found them to be learning experiences that helps them manage their condition.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who attended including all the fantastic speakers, those who had a stand at the conference and last but not least, the management and staff at the Radisson Blu, Little Island for their help throughout the planning and organisation of our conference.
Stay tuned to our website and our social media channels as we will be uploading videos from the day over the coming weeks. We are already looking forward to next year's event which will take place in Dublin - details to be confirmed.