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Ever Wonder: What is Epilepsy?

Seizures are a lot like what happens when a car’s brake pedal doesn’t work anymore, says Tufts expert
“What we as a community have to do is be available to support the families and also support the patient,” said Philip Haydon, the Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professor and chair of neuroscience at Tufts School of Medicine. Video: Steffan Hacker
November 1, 2019


November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, so it’s fitting that in November 2021, Philip Haydon—professor and chair of neuroscience at Tufts—plans to set sail from Boston and circumnavigate the globe on a fifty-foot yacht flying a Tufts School of Medicine flag to raise awareness and money for epilepsy research—about 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy.

A percentage of all online and corporate donations to his Sail4Epilepsy nonprofit will go directly to the School of Medicine and the Epilepsy Foundation New England. After he returns to Boston, he will sell his boat and equipment and give all proceeds to the partners.

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