Not another moment lost to seizures

Epilepsy Education Conference 

July 29, 2017 | Register HERE!   

University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego 92110use Marian Way off of Linda Vista Road (West Entrance)


2016’s Conference Agenda

Learn about new research, emerging technologies & treatment options, medicine and therapies to manage seizures.
Explore epilepsy across the lifespan. For adults with epilepsy, parents of children with epilepsy, teens and seniors, caregivers, family members, medical professionals, teachers, school personnel and the community.


8:30 – 9:00am   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am   Opening Keynote   

9:45-10:45am   Education Session I

10:50-11:50am   Education Session II

NOON   General Session-   New Treatments New Hope

12:20pm   Lunchtime Roundtables

1:00-2:00pm   Personal Connection Sessions

2:00-2:30pm   Closing General Session



(Room A)                          
Pt I: 9:45am                Pediatric Epilepsy Overview              
When do seizures become epilepsy? Causes and basic seizure types and syndromes
Mark Nespeca, MD   Rady Children’s, UCSD & Jeff Gold, MD PhD

Pt II: 10:50am            Pediatric Epilepsy Overview             
Treatment options for pediatric seizures: Meds, diet, surgery
Mark Nespeca, MD   Rady Children’s, UCSD & Jeff Gold, MD, PhD

(Room B)
Pt I: 9:45am               Adult Onset Epilepsy Overview   
Causes of seizures and epilepsy. Classification and how Dr’s think about seizures
Abraham Chyung, MD   Scripps

Pt II: 10:50am          Adult Epilepsy Overview   
Treatment options for seizures: meds, resective and stimlulation surgeries
Abraham Chyung, MD   Scripps

(Main Theater)
Pt I: 9:45am               Surgery for Treatment Resistant Epilepsy (Children & Adults)
Who is a candidate for pediatric surgery, pre-surgical evaluation, risks, outcomes
David Gonda, MD   Rady Children’s

Pt II: 10:50am           Surgery for Treatment Resistant Epilepsy (Children & Adults)
Who is a candidate for pediatric surgery, pre-surgical evaluation, risks, outcomes
Jeffrey Schweitzer, MD   Scripps Memorial La Jolla

(Room ??)
Pt I: 9:45am
               TEEN TRACK “Sharing Your Story”
Explore who, when and where to share your story, the challenges and the benefits including empowering yourself and inspiring others.
Kelley Grimes, MSW
Pt II: 10:50am            “Sharing Your Story” Cont. (Optional Video and Interviewing Sessions)
Come put your new skills into action and share your story to raise awareness about epilepsy!
Kelley Grimes, MSW

(Room C)
9:45am & 10:50am                 Being a Woman with Epilepsy
Fertility, pregnancy, contraception, bone health, menopause
Leena Kansal, MD   UCSD Epilepsy Center

(2nd Floor Room 214)
9:45am & 10:50am                 Epilepsy & Sports
Information for parents and students on epilepsy prevention
Ari Zeldin, MD, FAAP, FAAN & Howard Taras, MD


(2nd Floor Room 219)
9:45am & 10:50am                 Dietary Therapies in Epilepsy
Update on Ketogenic Diet, Modified Atkins Diet, Low Glycemic Index Diet
Vanessa Aldaz, MPH, RD, CDE   Rady Children’s

(2nd Floor Room 220 A)
9:45am & 10:50am                  Epilepsy & Cognition
Memory and learning development across the lifespan for individuals with epilepsy
Mark Norman, PhD   UCSD & Robert Gray, PhD


New Treatments New Hope

(Rooms A, B, C, D)

Experts host topics over lunch for discussion with Q&A             

Children and Epilepsy:
Overview and Q & A regarding children and epilepsy

Sonya Wang, MD   Rady Children’s, UCSD

SSI/SSDI/Living Trusts:
From Application to Appeal, receive tips and advice
Charlene Autolino, Outreach Consulting

TEEN TRACK Lunch Group Meetup:
Come meet-up with fellow teen conference attendees in an open forum
Holly Lundeberg, Social Work Intern MSW ’17

Becoming a Team Captain:
Sharon’s Ride 2017 how to start, promote and excel as a team captain raising epilepsy awareness and sharing your story
Tess Mengel, Programs and Events Coordinator

Family Programs OR Get Involved:
Learn about volunteer opportunitites as well as internships with the Epilepsy Foundation OR Learn about family programs from Camp to Expressive Arts…
Ginny Chacos, Programs and Events Manager

Epilepsy and School:
How to navigate, educate and advocate for your child
Kelley Grimes, MSW


1:00pm-2:00pm    AFTERNOON SESSIONS

(Room G)
TEEN TRACK Expressive Arts Teen Interactive
Interactive projects and expressive arts session to conclude sharing your story theme for the day
Amara Burkesmith, MA   Expressive Arts Therapist


(Main Theater)
New Medications and Treatment Options Including CBD Updates

Latest research on medications, surgeries, brain stimulation and other therapies
Jeffery Gertsch, MD & Kimberly Tallian, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP FCCP, FCSHP-KECK & Scripps 


(Room D)
Transitioning Back to School

Learn strategies to help your student with epilepsy to transition back to school including Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 plans
Kelley Grimes, MSW


(Second Floor Room 220A)
Legal Issues: Employment
Lauren Giardinia, Attorney  Disability Rights California



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