Epileptic seizures are one of the most treatable neurologic conditions. Changes in lifestyle and treatment with antiepileptic medications successfully treats the vast majority of people who present with epilepsy. One obstacle to treatment, however, is accurate diagnosis.

In the Hoyer Lecture at the 2015 American Epilepsy Society (AES) annual meeting, Dr. Jacqueline French, past AES president and Professor of Neurology at New York University, addressed the important aspects of diagnosing epileptic seizures. Dr. French highlighted the important issues in diagnosing epileptic seizures, including the pitfalls of missing the more subtle (but often telltale) signs and symptoms of seizures to help confirm the diagnosis. In the following video, Dr. French and Dr. Ed Hogan discuss the important issues in diagnosing epileptic seizures.

About the 2015 Hoyer Lecture

Epilepsy Foundation Chief Scientific Officer Jacqueline French MD presented the 13th annual Judith Hoyer Lecture in Epilepsy at the American Epilepsy Society 69th Annual Meeting. The lecture, which was sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is entitled, "Obstacles in Epilepsy Diagnosis: If You Don't Ask, They Won't Tell." This series is held in memory of Mrs. Judith Hoyer, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation and the late wife of U.S. 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.

Supported in part by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. and NINDS.

This content was created through a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation and American Epilepsy Society.