Not another moment lost to seizures

Epilepsy Education Conference 

Save the date: July 27, 2019 from 9am-2pm!

Please see below for our 2018 agenda. Our 2019 agenda will be published upon finalization.

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)



2018 Conference Agenda (Subject to Change) 

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

10:00-10:50   Education Session I

  • Overview of Seizures in Children
  • Overview of Seizures in Adults
  • Special Issues for Women with Epilepsy
  • Neurostimulation and Therapy for Epilepsy
  • Thinking and Feeling in Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy and the Autism Connection
  • Teen Track

11:00-11:50am   Education Session II

  • Food and Epilepsy
  • Genetic Testing
  • Surgery for Epilepsy
  • Medications for Seizures
  • Head Trauma and Epilepsy
  • Thinking and Feeling in Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Encephalopathies
  • Teen Track

12:00pm General Lunch Session

12:20pm   Lunch

1:00-2:00pm   Seizure Detection Challenges



MORNING EDUCATION SESSION 1 (10:00-10:50am)                  
Overview of Seizures in Children            
Seizures, epilepsy, diagnosis and therapies
Mark Nespeca, MD,  Rady Children’s, UCSD & Jeff Gold, MD PhD, Rady Children’s Hospital

Overview of Seizures in Adults
Definition of epilepsy, evaluation and treatments
Abraham Chyung, MD-PhD, Scripps Memorial Hospital

Special Issues for Women with Epilepsy
Menstrual cycle effects on seizures; Contraception; Pregnancy and beyond
Evelyn S. Tecoma MD, PhD, UCSD 

Legal Issues for People with Epilepsy
Work, divorce, criminal justice, school, driving, access to medications
James Grisolia, MD & Lauren Giardina, JD 

Thinking and Feeling in Epilepsy
Memory, thinking, mood, anxiety issues for persons with epilepsy – what’s new and what’s old; Session will repeat at 11:00am
Marc Norman Ph.D. and Amanda Goodling PH.D., UCSD

Neurostimulation Therapy for Epilepsy
The use of neurostimulation devices for the treatment of epilepsy
Jerry Shih, MD, UCSD

Epilepsy and the Autism Connection
Challenges unique to persons with epilepsy who have intellectual disabilities or autism
Tom Montgomery, MD, San Diego Regional Center 

Teen Track: James Lee
A panel of young adults ready to discuss growing up with epilepsy, transitioning to adulthood, and independence. 


Food and Epilepsy             
Dietary Therapies, LGIT, Atkins, and Ketogenic diets
Vanessa Aldaz R.D., MPH, Rady Children’s Hospital 

Genetic Testing            
Genetic testing in epilepsy, when and how testing is performed, and what types of genetic testing results are likely to come back
Kristin Wigby, MD, Rady Children’s Hospital

Head Trauma and Epilepsy: Bilal Choudry, MD, The Neurology Center of Southern California 

Surgery  for Epilepsy 
Indications, Evaluation, Procedures, and Outcomes
Olivia Kim-McManus, MD, UCSD; David Gonda, MD, Rady Children’s; June Yoshi- Contreras, MD, UCSD

Update on Medications for Seizures 
Kim Tallian, Pharm.D., APH, BCPP, FCCP, FASHP, FCSHP, UCSD Health 

Teen Track: James Lee
Teens meet for a music therapy session

Thinking and Feeling in Epilepsy
Memory, thinking, mood, anxiety issues for persons with epilepsy – what’s new and what’s old; Session repeated from morning session I
Marc Norman Ph.D. and Amanda Goodling PH.D., UCSD

Epilepsy Encephalopathies

Will discuss Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, Dravet Syndrome, West Syndrome, and Otahara Syndrome

Jeff Gold, MD, PhD 

LUNCHTIME  (12:20pm)        

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:00pm-2:00pm)

Seizure Detection Challenges (Watches, Bed Sensors, Dogs)

 Mark Nespeca M.D., Rady Children’s Hospital


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