October 8, 2021

CURE Epilepsy Update: October 2021

Greetings CURE Epilepsy community,

On Friday, September 17th, the epilepsy community came together for our second annual Unite to CURE Epilepsy community virtual fundraiser. Your participation in this event has been amazing. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated, took part in, and tuned in to our event. You’ve helped us raise $1.77M, and you can still donate to help us reach $1.8M. Your commitment to CURE Epilepsy will support innovative and groundbreaking research to help us find a cure to achieve our vision: a world without epilepsy.

As we move into October, we turn our attention to SUDEP Action Day on October 20th. Don’t miss all the information and content that CURE Epilepsy will have during the entire week of October 18th. We will feature free webinars on SUDEP, information on promising research advancements that were funded by CURE Epilepsy, and much more to help inform and educate our community.

In this CURE Epilepsy Update, please find information on:

Thank you for your enduring support of research toward a cure for epilepsy.

SUDEP Action Day #Time2Change
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Wednesday October 20th is SUDEP Action Day, a global event that aims
to raise awareness of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) and the associated risks
SUDEP has on those living with epilepsy.

Join CURE Epilepsy throughout the week beginning October 18th for important information about SUDEP from researchers, community members, and more. Please encourage your friends and families to share this information. It’s #Time2Change what people know about SUDEP, so they can reduce the risk for their loved one living with epilepsy.

Free Webinar: SUDEP & The Heart
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This informative webinar will help viewers learn how inherited neuronal or cardiac diseases may lead to electrical disturbances in both the brain and heart, how altered cardiac function may lead to SUDEP, and why it is critical for the epilepsy community to take a holistic approach to fully understand biological changes that ultimately
cause SUDEP.

The webinar is free to attend and is intended for everyone, including people with epilepsy, their friends, family, and caregivers.

Thursday, October 21st | 1:00pm CT

CURE Epilepsy CARES Events | NYC and Virtual
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CURE Epilepsy CARES (Conversations About Research in Epilepsy & Seizures) is a free, educational event for patients, families, medical professionals, researchers, and all those touched by or interested in learning more about epilepsy and epilepsy research. Join us as neurologists, epilepsy specialists, and other healthcare professionals answer your questions about cutting-edge research and epilepsy treatments.

Register now  for our in-person CARES New York City event or for our virtual CARES event featuring experts from the San Francisco area

CURE Epilepsy CARES NYC | Weill Cornell Medicine campus

Saturday, November 6, 2021 – 10:00am CT

CURE Epilepsy CARES Virtual Event  | Zoom Teleconference

Friday, November 19, 2021 – 12:30pm CT

CURE Epilepsy Board Updates
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Please welcome Shalee Cunneen, MBA, to the CURE Epilepsy Board of Directors! With her daughter Ella as inspiration, Shalee first became a member of CURE Epilepsy’s Lay Review Council (LRC) participating in the review of CURE Epilepsy’s
scientific grant proposals by contributing a lay perspective and helping to ensure the patient point of view is represented at all stages of the review process. She looks forward to serving on the CURE Epilepsy board and continuing the support of our mission to funding research for a cure for epilepsy.

We would also like to congratulate Kelly Cervantes on becoming our new board chair! Kelly has been on the CURE Epilepsy board for four years and hosts our Seizing Life podcast. At seven months old, her daughter Adelaide was diagnosed with infantile spasms, a devastating and difficult-to-treat form of epilepsy. For three years she
fought for answers and better treatments in hope that something would help her, but sadly the seizures could not be controlled, and Adelaide passed away. It is for this reason that Kelly will never stop advocating and fighting for a cure.

A special thank you from all at CURE Epilepsy to Stacey Pigott, our outgoing board chair.


PAME Facebook Live | New Advances in Stopping SUDEP
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Epilepsy affects every individual and their family differently; however, all seek to understand the diagnosis, treatment, and risks associated with their epilepsy. One incredibly important risk to be aware of is SUDEP.

Learn more about ongoing research that is advancing the understanding of SUDEP and new technologies, such as seizure detection and seizure prediction devices, designed to reduce the risk of SUDEP.

Thurs, October 14th, 2021 | 3pm CT

Where: Facebook Live

Registration for the 2021 PAME Meeting now open
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Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME) is a powerful, growing collaboration among health care providers, clinical researchers, basic scientists, public health officials, patient advocates, caregivers, bereaved families, and people living with epilepsy. The first PAME conference was convened in 2012 with the goal of creating a multi-stakeholder collaboration to increase understanding of epilepsy-related mortality, and to champion its prevention.

Registration is now open for the December 2, 2021 PAME Conference and American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting in Chicago. They are also offering a free live stream for those not able to travel to Chicago.

What’s New from the Seizing Life® Podcast
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Catch up on the latest episodes of our Seizing Life podcast, and listen in as we chat with:

  • Mary and Tom Nugent, the parents of 2 sons that have grown up with epilepsy. With one son severely impacted from infancy and another diagnosed at the age of 9, the Nugents have experienced the vastly different impacts of epilepsy in the microcosm of their own household. Watch or Listen.
  • Cindy and Elvin Angulo whose 3-year old daughter Vera was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome, resulting in several different seizure types during her life. Hear about their journey with Vera and the connection between epilepsy and Sturge-Weber syndrome. Watch or Listen.

Do you have a story you want to tell about how epilepsy has impacted your life, your family, or your community? Please share your epilepsy truth on our website.


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