Annual Newsletter 2014
A Letter From Our Founder, Dr. Orrin Devinsky
Finding A Cure For Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) is an organization dedicated to helping people and families living with epilepsy, through research, education, and clinical and community support programs. We are very proud of what we have accomplished and remain ambitious about plans for the future.
The heart of FACES is our community of doctors, nurses, neuropsychologists, technicians, and administrators, and – most importantly – the people and familes we care for along with friends and our wider community of collaborators in epilepsy care around the world.
Our research program has never been as robust or exciting as now. Currently, we are exploring the immunological mechanisms underlying epilepsy, researching the safety and efficacy of pure cannabidiol (CBD) in children and young adults with treatment resistant epilepsy, developing novel methods to surgically treat epilepsy, undertaking studies to understand the risk factors and mechanisms underlying sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP), advocating for individuals who suffer from healthcare disparities, developing new strategies to treat depression in people with epilepsy, and more than a dozen other ongoing studies with collaborators around the world.
Our Annual Epilepsy Conference is one of the largest in the world. The annual newsletter and monthly e-newsletter are read by more than 12,000 people. Game Day at Chelsea Piers brings families together for fun and our Camp Scholarships bring the joy of friendship for campers and respite for parents. The College Scholarship program awards much needed funds to students with epilepsy.