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Date:3/28/2008

school) are sometimes afraid of me. And sometimes even if they want to have me over after school, their parents are afraid, especially if they haven't seen me have a seizure," explained 14-year-old panelist Carly Richards of Chicago.

Participants addressed the need for continued public education programs that focus on eliminating stigma associated with epilepsy, such as the March 29th annual National Walk for Epilepsy. The panelists encouraged all people who have epilepsy or know someone with the condition to speak out and share their experiences.

"We are at a tipping point for bringing epilepsy out in the open," said Grunberg. "We need to continue the dialogue we started here today to increase awareness and break down the stigma that is unfairly associated with this disorder."

The roundtable, which took place in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 28, was hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation and ORTHO-McNEIL NEUROLOGICS(R), Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Please visit: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org to find more information about upcoming 2008 initiatives resulting from the roundtable discussion.

About the Survey

Richard Day Research fielded a survey to epilepsy patients and healthcare professionals. Data from both audiences were collected in January 2008. Healthcare professional data included 459 healthcare professionals -- comprised of 155 primary care physicians (family, general, or internal medicine) and 304 neurologists. Patient data included 414 people diagnosed with epilepsy, screened for having seen a healthcare professional for epilepsy within the last two years.

About the Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation's goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to par
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