Third Annual Epilepsy Update Agenda

Disneyland Hotel and Conference Center, November 4-5th, 2019

Monday November 4th AM Session: Epilepsy Genetics (8-12)
Moderator: Deborah Holder, MD


Overview of Genetics of the Severe Pediatric Epilepsy Syndromes and Approach to Genetic Testing in the Clinic
Heather Mefford, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Clinical Genetics
Director, Mefford Lab
University of Washington
Seattle Children’s Hospital


Syndromes, Epilepsy and Genetics
Sulagna Saitta, MD, PhD
Professor, Clinical Genetics
UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital


SUDEP: Is Prevention Possible? Genetic Diseases that Increase a Patients Risk
Bill Gallentine, DO
Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital




Treatment of Epilepsy using Genetics: Personalized Medicine
Deborah Holder, MD
Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Director, Epilepsy Fellowship
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


What Can a Genetic Counselor Do for You:
Maki Kaneko, PhD, MS, CGC
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Center for Personalized Medicine
Catherine Quindipan, MS, CGC
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Center for Personalized Medicine


Case Studies : Panel of all speakers

Monday November 4th PM Session: Hot Topics 1-4
Moderator: Michelle Armacost, MD


New Anticonvulsant Medications: Available Now and Coming Soon
Joe Sullivan, MD
Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center
University of San Francisco
Benioff Children’s Hospital


fMRI vs Wada for Memory Evaluation in Surgical Patients: Have We Reached Consensus
Carrie McDonald, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry
University Of California, San Diego


Adherence and Self-Management in Epilepsy
Katherine Junger, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


Laser Ablation in the Treatment of Epilepsy: Patient Selection, Results
Daniel Curry, MD
Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery
The John S Dunn Foundation Endowed Chair for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Division of Neurosurgery
Texas Children’s Hospital


Wearables: What is Out There, What Works?
Joe Sirven, MD
Professor of Neurology
Chair, Division of Epilepsy
Department of Neurology
Mayo Clinic

Tuesday November 5th AM Session: Surgery: Case Conversations

Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery: 8:00-9:50
Moderator: Deborah Holder, MD, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Panel Members:
P David Adelson, MD
Director, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Medical Staff Section Chief Phoenix Children’s Medical Group
Division Chief, Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurosurgery

Daniel Curry, MD
Director, Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery
The John S Dunn Foundation Endowed Chair for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Division of Neurosurgery
Texas Children’s Hospital

Jason Chu, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Department of Neurosurgery
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Jason Lerner, MD
Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles
Associate Chair of Clinical Pediatric Neurology
Director, Pediatric Neurophysiology Lab
Director, Adolescent Epilepsy Center at UCLA

Matt Lallas, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Pediatric Epileptologist
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Lily Tran, MD
Assistant Professor, University Of California, Irvine
Pediatric Epileptologist
Children’s Hospital Orange County



Adult Epilepsy Surgery: 10:10-12:00
Moderator: David Millett, MD,
Director Epilepsy Center
Hoag Hospital

Panel Members:
Jerome Engel, MD
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Director Epilepsy Telemetry Unit
Director, Seizure Disorder Center

Jack Lin, MD
Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Vice Chair, Academic Affairs
Department of Neurology
University of California Irvine School of Medicine

Brian Lee, MD
Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Keck School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of Southern California

George Nune, MD, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Medical Director, Keck Hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
University of Southern California

Kitti Kaiboriboon, MD
Epilepsy Center
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Tuesday November 5th, PM Session: Neuromodulation: 1:00-5:15
Moderator: Charles Liu, MD


Vagus Nerve Stimulation: Update on New Features, Improving Efficacy
Katie Polovitz, MD
Adult Epileptologist
Neurology of the Rockies, LLC


Responsive Neurostimulation: What is New, Patient Selection, and Programming Tips
Martha Morrell, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine


Deep Brain Stimulation: Where Will it Fit in the Landscape of Neuromodulation
Bob Fisher, MD
The Maslah Saul Professor in the Department of Neurology
Professor, by courtesy, of Neurological Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine



Hands on Programming: VNS Basic/VNS Advanced/RNS/DBS:

3:15-3:45 Session 1
3:45-4:15 Session 2
4:15-4:45 Session 3
4:45-5:15 Session 4

Attendees choose the sessions they would like to attend, devices and programmers will be available to practice programing for both novice and experienced providers to learn basic and advanced techniques on each of the neuromodulation devices currently in use.