Wellness & Epilepsy Conference
 
Saturday, November 11, 2017
VisTaTech Center - Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48152



 
The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan’s Wellness & Epilepsy Conference is Michigan’s premier educational and networking opportunity for people with epilepsy, family members, and professionals who serve them. Each year, the Foundation brings together an impressive group of experts from around the state to share their clinical and personal insights on epilepsy and wellness. The conference also features a Health & Resource Fair, an inspirational Keynote Address, and a day camp for kids, so the whole family can attend. Please take advantage of the formal and informal opportunities to learn and connect at this year’s conference. 
 
 

 

If you'd like to come the night before, there are many lodging options in the area. 
 

Keynote Address

Joyce Bender - President & CEO, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.


Joyce Bender has built her career on over 30 years of executive search experience, and has become an internationally recognized leader in disability employment, since founding Bender Consulting Services, Inc. in 1995. In 1985, Joyce had a life-threatening accident due to epilepsy that caused a cerebral hemorrhage, which required subsequent brain surgery. This accident left Joyce with a 60 percent hearing loss in one ear and a realization that she had epilepsy. As a result of her personal experience, she developed a passion for helping people with disabilities secure employment. She is also a member of Epilepsy Foundation's Board of Directors and has long been a tireless advocate for the rights of people with epilepsy.


Agenda  (subject to change)

8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration

8:45 – 10:00 am (DiPonio Room-VT500
Welcome and Keynote Address - Joyce Bender, Bender Consulting Services

10:00 – 11:00 am (DiPonio Room-VT500
Epilepsy Research: Accelerating New Therapies
SPONSORED BY HENRY FORD COMPREHENSIVE EPILEPSY PROGRAM
Kathleen Farrell, MB BCh BAO - Senior Program Manager for Clinical Research; Epilepsy Foundation
Jason Schwalb, MD – neurosurgeon; Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

This session will introduce the Epilepsy Foundation’s Research Program and highlight some of the exciting and important work it supports. This includes basic research into the mechanisms of seizures and epilepsy, device development, and development and testing of a wide range of therapies. In addition, the session will highlight a clinical trial on Stereotactic Laser Ablation for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy that’s currently recruiting participants in Michigan.

11:00 – 11:10 am
Break

11:10 am – 12:10 pm  (DiPonio Room-VT500
Epilepsy Medications for Epilepsy: Choices, Chances, and Changes
Rohit Marawar, MD – epileptologist; DMC Harper University Hospital
Kari Vavra Janes, PharmD, BCPS – pharmacist; Ferris State University

The presenters will discuss the many factors that influence the following: the physician’s and the patient’s choice of medication, the chances that the medication will be effective and that side effects will be experienced, and how and when to make changes in the medication regimen. This includes how epilepsy type, comorbid conditions, clinical experience, research findings, medication costs, and other factors influence medication-related decisions. The session will also discuss the role of the pharmacist in helping patients manage their medication regimens.  

12:10 – 1:40 pm
Healthy Lunch
Health & Resource Fair - SPONSORED BY MICHIGAN MEDICINE DEPARTMENTS OF PEDIATRICS AND NEUROLOGY

Networking Stations - SPONSORED BY BEAUMONT HEALTH PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY AND NEUROLOGY

1:40 – 2:45 pm
Breakout Sessions – Early Afternoon

  • Topic 1 (DiPonio Room-VT500
    Sleeping Well with Epilepsy
    Amer Aboukasm, MD – epileptologist; St. John Providence Health System
    Iqbal Allarakhia, MD – pediatric epilepsy and sleep specialist; St. John Providence Health System
    Lisa Guarnaccia REEGT, RPSGT, RST – Manager, Neurophysiology; Sparrow Health System

    The relationship between epilepsy and sleep is complex but important. The speakers will discuss why getting enough high-quality sleep is essential for general health and seizure control. They will also discuss the potential impact of epilepsy and its treatment on sleep, sleep-related epilepsy syndromes, common barriers to sleep, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and strategies for improving sleep.

  • Topic 2 (Kehrl Auditorium-VT550)
    Improvement by Addition or Subtraction: Surgical Options for Epilepsy
    SPONSORED BY MICHIGAN MEDICINE DEPARTMENTS OF PEDIATRICS AND NEUROLOGY
    Simon Glynn, MD – epileptologist; Michigan Medicine
    Nancy McNamara, MD – pediatric epileptologist; Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
    Oren Sagher, MD – neurosurgeon; Michigan Medicine

    For those with drug-resistant epilepsy, the surgical addition of a neurostimulation device or the surgical removal of brain tissue both offer a good chance of improved seizure control. In this session, the panelists will discuss the relative risks and benefits of vagus nerve stimulation, responsive neurostimulation, resective surgery, and other surgical options for the treatment of epilepsy. 

  • Topic 3 (VT425)
    Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy
    SPONSORED BY SPARROW HEALTH SYSTEM
    Tyson Burghardt, MD – epileptologist, Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University
    Michael Andary, MD, MS – physiatrist, Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University
    Nathaniel Smith – Communications Associate, Brain Injury Association of Michigan; person with epilepsy and TBI

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be either a cause or a consequence of epilepsy. The panelists will discuss how TBI influences epilepsy diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. They will also discuss resources and strategies to help people with epilepsy and TBI maximize independence and quality of life.

2:45 – 2:55 pm
Break

2:55 – 4:00 pm
Breakout Sessions – Late Afternoon

  • Topic 4 (DiPonio Room-VT500
    Epilepsy Open Forum
    SPONSORED BY HENRY FORD COMPREHENSIVE EPILEPSY PROGRAM
    Andrew Zillgitt, DO – epileptologist; Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
    Jules Constantinou, MD – pediatric epileptologist; Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

    The speakers will answer questions from the audience about adult and childhood epilepsy. 

  • Topic 5 (Kehrl Auditorium-VT550)
    Epilepsy Diagnosis: Genetic & Autoimmune Testing, EEG, and MRI
    SPONSORED BY BEAUMONT HEALTH PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY AND NEUROLOGY
    Danielle Nolan, MD – pediatric epileptologist; Beaumont Children’s
    Alexandra Shaw, MD – pediatric epileptologist; Beaumont Children’s
    Erin Strobel – parent of child with epilepsy

    This session will focus on current and emerging tests that are being used to provide increasingly specific epilepsy diagnoses. This includes newer diagnostic protocols, such as genetic testing and testing for autoimmune epilepsies; and advances in the mainstays of epilepsy diagnosis: EEG monitoring and MRI. Discussion will focus how such testing can help clinicians provide better information about prognosis and treatment options. 

  • Topic 6 (VT425)
    Epilepsy in the Digital Age: Empowerment Through Technology
    Mohamad Haykal, MD – epileptologist; Spectrum Health
    Susan Woolner, CPXP – Neurosciences Patient Coordinator; Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences
    Matthew Suchan – young adult with epilepsy

    With the rapid growth in personal technology and online resources over the past 20 years, people with epilepsy now have a wide range of digital and electronic tools to help them manage their condition. This panel will discuss how social media and other online resources, smartphones, assistive technology, web-based ridesharing services, seizure detection & alert devices, and other technologies can improve safety, seizure control, and quality of life for people with epilepsy. 
 

Continuing Education


5.5 ASET CEUs are provided for Neurodiagnostic Technologists. We can also provide certificates of completion upon request to other professionals. Contact Russell Derry (248-809-4744) for assistance.


Conference Notebooks
SPONSORED BY HENRY FORD COMPREHENSIVE EPILEPSY PROGRAM

Every registered participant will receive a notebook to capture valuable information, resources, and contact information from the Wellness & Epilepsy Conference.


Networking Stations
SPONSORED BY BEAUMONT HEALTH PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY AND NEUROLOGY

In addition to the wealth of information offered through its educational sessions, the Wellness & Epilepsy Conference provides an outstanding opportunity to network. Attendees will have ample time during lunch to connect with others who share similar interests and experiences. A portion of the tables will serve as "Networking Stations" with signs (such as "Epilepsy Surgery," "Women with Epilepsy," or "Parents of Teens with Epilepsy") to help you find others with whom you can learn and share. Please use this time to ask questions, share stories, exchange emails and phone numbers, and build your social support network. 


Health & Resource Fair
SPONSORED BY MICHIGAN MEDICINE DEPARTMENTS OF PEDIATRICS AND NEUROLOGY

The Health & Resource Fair gives attendees a chance to talk with representatives from some of the state's leading health systems, epilepsy centers, treatment providers, and human service agencies. You'll be able to learn more about resources that can help you better manage epilepsy and it's consequences. Be sure to visit all of the exhibitors and fill up your bags with valuable information about the services they provide.  
 

Kids Conference Day Camp - FULL

Due to high demand, all slots have been filled and we are unable to accept any more applications.





Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:


2016 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address
Chanda Gunn - Olympic Hockey Medalist

The Nature of Epilepsy: Research Highlights
William Stacey, MD, PhD– University of Michigan Health System
Yu Wang, MD, PhD - University of Michigan Health System

Beyond Medications: Advances in Epilepsy Treatment
David Burdette, MD - Spectrum Health


2015 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address
Tony Coelho - former U.S. Congressman and primary sponsor of the ADA

Advances in Epilepsy Neurodiagnostics and Neuroimaging
Andrew Zillgitt, DO - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides (due to large file size, this may take several minutes to open)
Eishi Asano, MD, PhD - Children's Hospital of Michigan     Presentation Slides

Epilepsy Open Forum
David Burdette, MD - Spectrum Health
Anastasia Luniova, MD - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Management of Nocturnal Seizures
Nicholas Beimer, MD – University of Michigan Health System
Sucheta Joshi, MD – University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Neeraj Kaplish, MD - University of Michigan Health System

Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy
Zahra Abbas – Adult with Epilepsy 
Gregory Barkley, MD – Henry Ford Health System
Michael Komorn – Komorn Law; Michigan Medical Marijuana Association
Evangelos Litinas, MD, MBA – Om of Medicine


2014 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address
Phil Gattone, Epilepsy Foundation     Presentation Slides

Current Trends in Epilepsy Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center     Presentation Slides

Epilepsy Open Forum
Brien Smith, MD - Spectrum Health
Seth DeVries, MD - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

The Best (and Worst) of Epilepsy
Amer Aboukasm, MD - St. John Providence Health System
Iqbal Allarakhia, MD - St. John Providence Health System
Cassandra Emerson - adult with epilepsy
Janet Weisz - parent of a teen with epilepsy

Advances in Epilepsy Surgery
Ellen Air, MD, PhD - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides
 

2013 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address: Diane Van Deren - Champion Ultrarunner

Current Trends in Epilepsy Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Ruggero Serafini, MD, PhD - Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center     Presentation Slides
William Stacey, MD, PhD - University of Michigan Health System     Presentation Slides

Antiseizure Medications: Striving for "No Seizures, No Side Effects"
Andrew Zillgitt, DO - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides
David Burdette, MD - St. John Providence Health System     Presentation Slides
Jules Constantinou, MD - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides

Safety and Independence: The Epilepsy Balancing Act
Simon Glynn, MD - University of Michigan Health System
Renee Shellhaas, MD, MS - University of Michigan Health System

Adult Open Forum
Brien Smith, MD - Spectrum Health
 

Martha Curtis  gave an inspiring Keynote Address at the 2012 conference. Watch her Keynote Address.