The Matty Fund and Brain Injury Association of RI Host Workshop on Link Between Epilepsy and Traumatic Brain Injuries

WARWICK, RI – The Matty Fund and the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island this evening hosted a workshop highlighting the link between epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries that drew dozens of attendees whose lives have been affected by seizures.

About sixty attendees, including families that have been touched by the work of The Matty Fund and the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, came to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick for a presentation by Dr. Andrew S. Blum, Deputy Chief of Neurology at Rhode Island Hospital and researcher at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. The workshop examined the latest research on head trauma and its relationship to acute seizures and epilepsy.

“The Matty Fund is pleased to partner with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island to connect local families living with epilepsy with some of the best medical experts in the field,” said Marisol Garcia, Executive Director of The Matty Fund. “I thank Dr. Blum for sharing his expertise and supporting our shared goals of increasing awareness of epilepsy and providing support for families affected by seizures.”

There are more than three million documented cases of epilepsy in the United States, with about twenty percent stemming from traumatic injuries, according to Dr. Blum. The incidence of seizures caused by head trauma is highest among young adults, ages 15 to 34.

“In collaboration with The Matty Fund, The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is working to help those living with traumatic brain injury learn more about the condition’s connection to epilepsy,” said Debra Sharpe, Executive Director of The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island.  “The goal of our Brain Injury Resource Center is to improve access to information, and this workshop is a wonderful opportunity to share the latest research on what can be a very complicated condition.”

Dr. Blum’s presentation included a discussion of epilepsy and its symptoms, as well as the availability of new medications and alternative treatments for seizures caused by traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Blum also addressed questions from the audience on living with seizures.

“I am proud to join The Matty Fund and the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island to shed light on the connection between seizures and traumatic brain injuries,” said Dr. Blum. “By working in partnership with these organizations, we are bringing the best medical information available to help those living with seizures understand their treatment options and lead healthier lives.”

The event is part of The Matty Fund’s quarterly educational workshop series that provides free resources for families living with epilepsy. Previous workshops topics have included the link between autism and epilepsy, alternative therapies for seizures, and seizure safety.

The Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization in memory of Matthew Siravo who passed away from epilepsy May 11, 2003. It is dedicated to providing epilepsy awareness through educational programs, aid for epilepsy research and education, and family events and scholarships for those living with epilepsy.

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