SUDEP Campaign Reaches All Time High

More than 15,000 copies of a book that brings together global expertise on SUDEP will have been distributed to epilepsy communities around the world by the end of December 2012.

San Diego, Dec 2012
- The book, Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy: continuing the global conversation, combines a collection of considered observations by leading experts with the moving accounts by families bereaved by SUDEP.

In the last year, the book’s website received almost 80,000 hits.

Now the global conversation is set to reach an even wider market, after a record-breaking 4,500 visitors to the annual American Epilepsy Society gathering in San Diego were each offered a copy in hardback or on a free memory stick. Earlier this year books were given to delegates at the European Epilepsy Congress in London.

Dr Elizabeth Donner, co-founder of Canadian not-for-profit SUDEP Aware said "The Global Conversation book is a critical tool in raising awareness of SUDEP. The value is the combined contributions by scientists, physicians and families bereaved by SUDEP. The book provides people with epilepsy, their caregivers and healthcare providers with access to reliable information about SUDEP in a way that is accessible and supportive."

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy is the term used when someone with epilepsy dies suddenly, often after a seizure that involves a loss of consciousness.

The success of the global conversation is attributed to a powerful three-way collaboration between Epilepsy Bereaved, Epilepsy Australia and Canada’s SUDEP Aware, which together reach out to research teams from many countries and over 60 experts from around the world, enabling effective distribution.

It is a follow-up to the first edition, Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy: the global conversation, which was published in 2005 and was the brainchild of the founding partners Epilepsy Australia and Epilepsy Bereaved.



Photo: The editorial team, from left to right: Tamzin Jeffs (SUDEP Aware), Denise Chapman (Epilepsy Australia), Jane Hanna (Epilepsy Bereaved) & Rosemary Panelli (Epilepsy Australia).

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Tamzin Jeffs


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