Novel Musical Event to Highlight Hoyer Lecture at Baltimore Convention Center
December 2, 2011
A novel musical event open to the public is scheduled for the 9th annual Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy, tomorrow December 3rd, during the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting and scientific conference on epilepsy.
Many people have seen a seizure, but few have heard one. For those affected by epilepsy—people with epilepsy, caregivers, parents, siblings and friends—this will be a rare experience. In a live performance at the Baltimore Convention Center, members of the public will have the opportunity to hear a musical rendition of a seizure, performed by the Grammy-nominated Relache Ensemble, titled When the Spirit Catches You. This contemporary composition was written by composer and assistant professor at Temple University, Cynthia Folio, who has a daughter with epilepsy.
Ms. Folio's daughter, Lydia, will narrate a visual presentation that will accompany the performance. Steven C. Schachter, MD, a Harvard epileptologist with a special interest in how seizures and epilepsy affect people's lives, is this year's featured Hoyer Lecture speaker.
The 2011 Hoyer Lecture, Psychological Aspects of Epilepsy: State of the Art, begins at 8:45AM with special presentations, followed at 9:30AM by the illustrated lecture and musical performance. It is located in Ballroom III, level 400, free and does not require a ticket to attend. The Epilepsy Foundation encourages anyone who is interested to attend this lecture.
The event is sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Epilepsy Society, the Epilepsy Foundation, CURE and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.
About the Judith Hoyer Lecture
The Judith Hoyer Lecture on Epilepsy is a lecture series highlighting the promise of epilepsy research. It is held in 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). Mrs Hoyer spent her life both helping families cope with epilepsy and promoting research into a cure and better quality of life for those with the disorder. The purpose of the lecture is to raise awareness of epilepsy among researchers and the public and provide intellectual stimulation that will encourage continuing progress toward finding a cure for epilepsy.