On March 22nd, the HSE, Epilepsy Ireland, OACS Ireland, FACS Forum and Trinity College Dublin came together to organise the first National Conference on The Consequences of Sodium Valproate (Epilim) in Trinity College.
The event was attended by patients & families affected by valproate exposure, healthcare professionals and policy makers and featured experts from the UK and Ireland in addition to the experiences of families affected and updates on the Irish response to the valproate problem to date.
Below are a selection of videos from what was a packed day. Thank you to all the speakers for their contribution to highlighting this important issue.
Dr Colm Henry, HSE Chief Clinical Officer: Introduction & Welcome
Karen Keely: OACS Ireland and the Valproate campaign in Ireland
Dr Jeff Aronson: The History and Pharmacology of Sodium Valproate
Prof. Carl Heneghan: Sodium Valproate - Who knew what and when?
Prof. Andrew Green: Foetal Valproate Syndrome – the Irish Experience
Panel discussion (segment) - Living with Foetal Valproate Syndrome
Cora Flynn: Sodium Valproate – An overview of the HSE Response
Dr Ronan Glynn: HSE Rapid Assessment Report on sodium valproate exposure in Ireland
Prof. Andrew Green: Diagnostic Pathway for Foetal Valproate Syndrome
Cora Flynn: HSE valproate communictions & nurse-led support service
Des O'Flynn: Developing a pathway of community health and social support services
Geoff Day: Closing Remarks