2016 Epilepsy Update

Epilepsy Update 2016, is a CME Program at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim California on November 4-5, 2016, sponsored by Brainworks Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization. The target audience for this conference is physicians and advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants) who care for patients with epilepsy as well as EEG technologists. All providers with an interest in epilepsy are welcome. This year’s course will focus on the treatment of epilepsy covering topics including: when to begin and stop treatment, identifying the correct treatment for focal and generalized epilepsy syndromes, and alternative treatments such as diet therapy, surgery and neuromodulation.

Practitioners in the field of epilepsy will find cutting edge information discussed in the course’s “Hot Topics” section. Among this year’s Hot Topics are the use of CBD oil, minimally invasive laser treatment of epilepsy and advances in the understanding and prevention of SUDEP. The second day of the conference will consist of smaller breakout sessions covering topics including EEG reading, seizure identification through the use of videos and interactive case studies.

Course Objectives:


Determine when it is appropriate to treat newly diagnosed patients with epilepsy.


Review recommendations regarding stopping medication in patients after a period of seizure freedom.


Discuss the focal epilepsy syndrome and their treatments.


Discuss the generalized epilepsy syndromes and their treatments.


Review alternate treatment options for drug resistant epilepsy including diet therapy, surgery, and neuromodulation.


Discuss the current role of CBD oil in the treatment of epilepsy.


Describe the use of minimally invasive laser therapy in the treatment of specific cases of drug resistant epilepsy.


Analyze the current state of research on sudden unexplained death in epilepsy.


Interpret basic electroencephalograph studies, reviewing seizure patterns and to determine onset.


Interpret advance electroencephalograph studies, reviewing seizure patterns to determine onset.


Analyze videos of seizures to familiarize participants with the many varied ways seizures can present to help improve diagnostic skills.


Discuss complex epilepsy cases to review correct diagnostic work-ups and treatment plans.


FRIDAY 11/4/2016 (8-4)

Morning Session


Too Treat or Not to Treat
Douglas Nordli, MD
Director, Division of Neurology
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles


Focal Syndromes and Treatments
David Millett, MD
Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Hoag Presbyterian Hospital


Generalized Syndromes and Treatments
Jason Lerner, MD
Director, Adolescent Epilepsy Program
Mattel Children’s Hospital
University of California, Los Angeles




Diet Therapy
Eric Kossoff
Director, Ketogenic Diet Therapy Program
Johns Hopkins University


Christi Heck, MD
Director, University of Southern California
Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Keck Hospital



Afternoon Session


Home/School Rescue plans
Arthur Partikian, MD
LAC+USC Medical Center


Treatment Algorithm for Status Epilepticus
Jim Riviello, MD
Serievsky Family Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Chief, Division of Neurology
Columbia University

Hot Topics


CBD: Does it Work, For Who?
Katie Polovitz, MD
Neurology of The Rockies


Minimally Invasive Laser Treatment for Epilepsy
Sumeet Vadera, MD
University of California, Irvine


SUDEP What Do We Know and Can We Prevent It?
Elizabeth Donner, MD
Hospital for Sick Children



SATURDAY 11/5/2016 (8-12)

Morning Break-Out Sessions

8:00-9:45 and 10:00-11:45 (with a 15 minutes break between sessions)

Choose Two:

Session 1: Basic EEG Reading (Oceanside Room)

Learn the basics of EEG reading through small group discussions with short didactic lecture followed by numerous EEG examples.

Session 2: Advanced EEG Reading (Redondo Room)

Review advanced EEG reading skills for those who already have basic understanding focusing on artifact detection, seizure identification and understanding abnormalities.

Session 3: What Is A Seizure? (Pacific Ballroom A)

Improve your skills at correctly identifying and classifying seizures through the use of videos and group discussion.

Session 4: Epilepsy Case Discussions (neonates/infants/children) (San Diego Room)

Deepen your understanding of epilepsy through case discussions, moderators will have prepared cases or bring you own cases to discuss.

Session 5: Epilepsy Case Discussions (teenagers/young adults) (Santa Monica Room)

Deepen your understanding of epilepsy through case discussions, moderators will have prepared cases or bring you own cases to discuss.