'Talk About It for Epilepsy!' Presented by Sunovion: Live from Hollywood, an 8-Hour Netathon

Join Host Greg Grunberg and his celebrity friends for a special live stream to help raise awareness for epilepsy and seizures.

Zachary Quinto: Top doctors and scientists are working everyday to find better treatments for people with epilepsy, and to find a cure.

Steven Schachter, MD (Harvard Medical School)

Greg Grunberg: I want to talk about Research.

Steven Schachter, MD: Epilepsy research takes a village. We need everyone involved, from people with seizures, family, to the government to fund the work, to foundations like the Epilepsy Foundation, and make this a global effort. Because, although one person to the next might have differences, it's the richness of those differences that can inform us on what we need to focus on. 

Greg: So the Epilepsy Foundation has been instrumental in research and in funding grants. Just give us a brief history of that, and really, how integral the foundation is to the future of research.

Steven: Sure. Much of the focus of the Epilepsy Foundation Research Program has been to move products, devices, diagnostics forward that can get to help patients and families, in a relatively short period of time.  And what we're happy to say is that nearly 50% of all the new products in development for epilepsy, were supported, often at the very early stage by the Epilepsy Foundation. And that credibility that the funding brought to the project has helped them secure additional funding to move the idea eventually forward so that it can impact people. 

Zachary: One way to increase research and end seizures is to stop all the misunderstanding around epilepsy. That means we all need to talk about it…