Epilepsy Education Conference

National Series

Learn about new research; emerging technologies & treatment options; and medicine & therapies to manage seizures.

For adults, teens, and seniors with epilepsy; parents of children with epilepsy; caregivers; family members; medical professionals; teachers; school personnel and the community.

Even if you are unable to attend, you can donate to our Education Conference by clicking here.


July 27, 2019 | 9am – 2pm


University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

5998 Alcala Park,
San Diego 92110
use Marian Way off of Linda Vista Road (West Entrance)

Online registration is closed. Registration will be accepted on the day of the event.


8:30am – 9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Keynote Speaker

Wellness and Epilepsy – My Story

Stacia Kalinowski, Documentary Film Producer

10:00am – 10:50am

Education Session I

Epilepsy 101: Pediatric Seizures & Epilepsy in Kids & Teens
Seizures, epilepsy, diagnosis and therapies

Mark Nespeca, M.D.
Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD
Jeff Gold, Ph.D.

Epilepsy 101: Seizures & Epilepsy in Adults
Definition of epilepsy, evaluation and treatments

Abraham Chyung, M.D., Ph.D.
Scripps Clinic Division of Neurology

Special Issues for Women with Epilepsy
Menstrual cycle effects on seizures; Contraception;
Pregnancy and beyond

Monsita Faley, DNP, FNP-BC
Scripps Health

Epilepsy & Legal Issues
Employment, driving and special education law

Lauren Giardina, J.D.
Disability Rights California
Jim Grisolia, M.D.
Scripps Mercy Hospital

Teen/Young Adult Track
Explore strategies to manage stress, increase independence, and navigate transitions

Kelley Grimes, MSW

Let’s Talk About Thinking & Feeling in Epilepsy
Memory, thinking, mood, anxiety issues for persons with epilepsy – what’s new and what’s old

Marc Norman, Ph.D.
UCSD Medical Center

11:00am – 11:50am

Education Session II

Surgery for Epilepsy: Adults
Indications, evaluation, procedures and outcomes

Sharona Ben-Haim, M.D.
UCSD Health

Update on Medications for Seizures
New medications update – Do they differ much?
More effective? Fewer or just different side effects?

Kim Tallian, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP, FASHP, FCSHP

Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla
UCSD Health

Diet Therapy for Epilepsy
Dietary therapies, LGIT, Atkins and Ketogenic diets

Vanessa Aldaz, RD, MPH
Rady Children’s Hospital

Understanding Genetic Testing in Epilepsy
Genetic testing in epilepsy, when and how testing is performed, and what types of results are likely to come back

Sophia Ceulemans, MS, LGC

Rady Children’s Hospital

Surgery for Epilepsy: Children
Indications, evaluation, procedures and outcomes

David Gonda, M.D.
Rady Children’s Hospital
Shifteh Sattar, M.D.
Rady Children’s Hospital

Let’s Talk About Thinking & Feeling in Epilepsy
Memory, thinking, mood, anxiety issues for persons with epilepsy-what’s new and what’s old

Marc Norman, Ph.D.
UCSD Medical Center

12:00pm – 1:00pm

General Lunch Session

Quality of Life with Epilepsy
Perspectives of patients, families, and health care professionals

Stacia Kalinowski
Reiko Simmons
Dr. Mark Nespeca, Moderator

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Afternoon Session

Emerging Technologies: What is Over the Horizon for Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment
Highlighting some of the new technologies currently being investigated for the diagnosis and treatment of seizures

Jerry Shih, Ph.D
UCSD Neurosciences