San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) will host a discussion about brain aneurysms on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Genentech Hall on the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in honor of National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. 
“Brain aneurysms are ticking time bombs,” Speier said. “Every 18 minutes one of them goes off and ruptures. They disproportionately affect women at a ratio of three to two. The consequences are often fatal or disabling, so understanding the basics of brain aneurysms before a rupture could save lives. The purpose of this discussion is to bring more awareness to a disease that typically goes unnoticed or untreated.”
An estimated 6 million people in the U.S. - or one in 50 - have unruptured brain aneurysms. Although 40 percent of ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal, little research has been funded to look into the causes of the disease, ways to prevent ruptures and into treatment of survivors. Speier will be joined by Janet Hathaway who survived a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2012; Dr. Michael Lawton, Chief of Vascular Neurosurgery at UCSF, who was Janet’s surgeon; Larry Arndt who is Janet’s husband and caretaker; and Christine Buckley, Executive Director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Who:   Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Dr. Michael Lawton, Chief of Vascular Neurosurgery, UCSF
Janet Hathaway, survivor
Larry Arndt, Janet Hathaway’s husband and caretaker
Christine Buckley, Executive Director, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation
What:   Brain Aneurysm Panel Discussion
When:   Monday, September 19, 2016
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Where:   UCSF Mission Bay
Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium
600 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94158