Not another moment lost to seizures

Epilepsy Education Conference 

Save the date: July 28, 2018!


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)


2017’s Conference Agenda

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.


8:15 – 9:00am   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am   Live Well Proclamation & Opening Keynote by premier medical expert on wellness, Dr. Lee Rice  presenting “Your DNA is Not Your Destiny”

9:45-10:45am   Education Session I

  • Seizures in Kids
  • Seizures in Adults
  • Issues for Women with Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy and Legal Issues
  • Teen Track

11:00-11:50am   Education Session II

  • Food and Epilepsy
  • Genetic Testing
  • Surgery for Epilepsy
  • Medications for Seizures
  • Developmental Disabilities/ Autism and Epilepsy
  • Teen Track

12:05pm   Lunch

1:00-2:00pm   Afternoon Session

  • CBD update 2017 Kim Tallian, Pharm. D; Jeff Gertsch MD; Nespeca MD
  • Teen Track – Expressive Arts Workshop



MORNING EDUCATION SESSION 1 (9:45am-10:45am)                  
Let’s Talk About Seizures in Kids              
Seizures, epilepsy, diagnosis and therapies
Mark Nespeca, MD  Rady Children’s, UCSD & Jeff Gold, MD PhD

Let’s Talk About Seizures in Adults
Definition of epilepsy, evaluation and treatments
Abraham Chyung, MD-PhD

Let’s Talk About Special Issues for Women with Epilepsy
Pregnancy, contraception, bone health, and menopause
Evelyn S. Tecoma MD, PhD

Let’s Talk About Thinking and Feeling in Epilepsy
Memory, thinking, mood, anxiety issues for persons with epilepsy – what’s new and what’s old
Marc Norman Ph.D. and Amanda Goodling PH.D.
Let’s Talk About Epilepsy and Legal Issues
Employment, Driving and Special Education Law
Lauren Giardina and Jim Grisolia, M.D.

Teen Track: Kelly Grimes
Strategies to thrive. Learn how to manage your stress and nurture yourself to support your health and wellness


Let’s Talk About Food and Epilepsy             
What to know first if you are considering Ketogenic, Adkins or Law Glycemic Diet Treatment
Vanessa Aldaz R.D., MPH

Let’s Talk About Genetic Testing            
Genetic testing in epilepsy, when and how testing is performed, and what types of genetic testing results are likely to come back
Tracy Dixon-Salazar

Let’s Talk About Surgery  for Epilepsy 
Who may benefit from surgery, resection, callosotomy, hemispherectomy, VNA? What to expect during/after hospital stay.
Sharona Ben-Haim, MD & David Gonda, MD

Let’s Talk About Newer Medications for Seizures 
Medications approved since 2012 – Do they differ much? More effective? Fewer of just different side effects?
Kim Tallian, Pharm.D.

Let’s Talk About Developmental Disabilities/ Autism and Epilepsy 
Challenges unique to persons with epilepsy who have intellectual disabilities or autism
Tom Montgomery M.D.

LUNCHTIME  (12:05pm)        

Expressive Arts 
Community Art Workshop

Amara Burkesmith, MA

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

CBD Update 2017
Kim Tallian, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP, FCCP, FCSHP-KECK, Scripps & Jeff Gertsch M.D. & Mark Nespeca M.D.


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