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Photo of Mrs. Judith HoyerThe Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy is a public lecture series highlighting the promise of epilepsy research. Held each year in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, the series was established in 2002 to honor the memory of Mrs. Judith Hoyer, an active member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation and the late wife of Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD). As a person with epilepsy herself, Mrs. Hoyer spent her life both helping families cope with epilepsy and promoting research into a cure and a better quality of life for those with the disorder. Each year, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) works in partnership with the American Epilepsy Society (AES), and the member organizations of Vision 2020 to plan and sponsor this event. The purpose of the lecture is to raise awareness about the epilepsies among researchers and the public and provide intellectual stimulation that will promote progress toward finding a cure for epilepsy.

The 11th Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy:
Pediatric Epilepsy: Little Steps, Big Challenges

December 6, 2013 (3:30 to 5:30 P.M.)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.
Ballroom C, Level 3

Photo of Dr. John M. PellockDr. John M. Pellock is the presenter of the 11th Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy at the 67th annual American Epilepsy Society meeting. Dr. Pellock has demonstrated a lifelong devotion to caring for individuals with epilepsy as a physician, and to finding new treatments for them as a researcher. He is Chair of the Divisions of Child Neurology and of Epilepsy at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is also Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Institute and Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University, trained in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia, and completed a fellowship in child neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Pellock is an internationally recognized expert in epilepsy drug therapy. In 2010, he led the working group that produced the U.S. Consensus Report on Infantile Spasms to guide pediatricians in recognizing, diagnosing and treating this rare but serious condition.

He has conducted scores of studies on childhood epilepsy, including the NINDS-funded FebSTAT study, an ongoing, prospective investigation of 200 children with febrile status epilepticus. In addition, his studies have been instrumental in determining the effects of anticonvulsants on fetal development, and in identifying new antiepileptic agents for use in children and adults.

Dr. Pellock served as President of the American Epilepsy Society in 2011, and has received numerous awards and accolades including several recognitions as a top doctor in the United States.

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