Neurologist to Co-lead Epilepsy Workshop

Open to the public, the workshop will take place April 29 in downtown Riverside

Claudia Muñoz

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Claudia Muñoz, MD, MPH, an assistant clinical professor of neurology in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, will be a key participant in a workshop on epilepsy that will take place on Friday, April 29, at the Hyatt Place Hotel, Riverside, Calif.

The event, which will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m., will help connect individuals and families affected by epilepsy with experts and information.

“Through this workshop we hope to raise awareness about epilepsy and its therapies,” Muñoz said. “We want patients and their families to know about resources available to them.”

UCR Health is partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles to sponsor the workshop, which is open to the public. Registration costs $10 per person. Some scholarships are available.

A neurological disorder, epilepsy has been present throughout human history. It is characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures, with periods of unusual behavior, sensations and loss of consciousness also being possible. It is the goal of treatment to reach seizure freedom or reduce the seizure burden as much as possible so that patients and their families can lead healthy, productive lives.

Epilepsy affects about one percent of the US population. It can affect anyone at any stage in life. The causes of epilepsy and its treatments are varied. More about the disease can be found here.

At the workshop, Muñoz will be on a panel presenting various topics in epilepsy, including diagnosis, treatments, advocacy and wellness. Her fellow panelists are Dr. Jack Lin (UC Irvine), Dr. Sumeet Vadera (UC Irvine) and Susan Pietsch-Escueta (Epilepsy Foundation of Greater LA).  (A second workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the same day at the same venue is geared toward physicians.)

Muñoz will also give a special presentation in Spanish at 5 p.m., which will cover the basics of epilepsy, its causes and therapies, and what to do in the event of a seizure.  This presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Muñoz noted that because the inland Southern California region is growing in population, the need for local, expert neurological care is on the increase.

“UCR is in the process of building a neurosciences center that will include a comprehensive epilepsy center, bringing that expert care to the community,” she said. “We will continue to partner with the Epilepsy Foundation and UCI to work towards improving the health of those with epilepsy.”

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