Epilepsy Education Conference

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.

Date

July 27, 2019 | 9am – 2pm

Location

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)

Agenda

8:30am – 9:00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Keynote Speaker

Wellness and Epilepsy – My Story

Speaker:
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

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

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

Speaker:
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

Speaker:
Monsita Faley, DNP, FNP-BC
Scripps Health

Epilepsy & Legal Issues
Employment, driving and special education law

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

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

Speaker:
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

Speaker:
Marc Norman, Ph.D.
UCSD Medical Center

11:00am – 11:50am

Education Session II

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

Speaker:
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?

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

Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla
UCSD Health
UCSF

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

Speaker:
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

Speaker:
Sophia Ceulemans, MS, LGC

Rady Children’s Hospital

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

Speakers:
David Gonda, M.D.
Rady Children’s Hospital
and
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

Speaker:
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

Speakers:
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

Speaker:
Jerry Shih, Ph.D
UCSD Neurosciences