Wellness & Epilepsy Conference


Mark your calendar - the 2018 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference will be on... 

Saturday, November 10, 2018
VisTaTech Center

Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152





KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Stacia Kalinoski, Documentary Filmmaker

  Stacia Kalinoski is an Emmy award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and inspirational speaker. She reported for television stations in Nebraska, Oregon, and Michigan before a seizure turned her career upside down. As a journalist, documenting this experience was a natural decision. Stacia produced a documentary called Brainstorm, which premiered on Twin Cities PBS, earned a regional Emmy nomination, then aired on numerous PBS stations nationwide. Her goal is to reduce the stigma of epilepsy through education and inspire people battling epilepsy. 


Schedule at a Glance

8:00 - 8:45 am
Registration

8:45 - 9:00 am
Opening Remarks
Stephen Kuehn - Chairperson; Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors

9:00 - 9:45 am
Keynote Address - Stacia Kalinoski,
Documentary Filmmaker

9:45 - 10:45 am
Causes of Epilepsy: How Etiology Influences Prognosis & Treatment

10:45 - 10:55 am
Break

10:55 am - 12:10 pm 
Cannabis for Epilepsy: Navigating Uncharted Territory

12:10 - 1:40 pm
Lunch, Health & Resource Fair, Networking Time

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

  • Focus on Females: Managing Epilepsy in Women and Girls
  • Managing Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures, Depression, and Anxiety Disorders
  • Transitions Toward Independence

2:45 - 2:55 pm
Break

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

  • Epilepsy & Physical Health - from Vicious Cycle to Vitality
  • Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy
  • Caregiver Open Forum


KIDS CONFERENCE DAY CAMP

Please take advantage of this program created for children ages 2 – 15 who have epilepsy or have a family member with epilepsy. The Kids Conference Day Camp takes place at the same time and location as our Wellness & Epilepsy Conference. This allows parents to attend the conference while their children learn, make new friends, and have fun in a safe environment.

Activities include the following:

• Fun “ice-breaker” games to help kids get to know each other
• An interactive discussion with a pediatric epilepsy specialist
• A variety of age-appropriate group recreational activities for kids to choose from
• A creative group project that will promote teamwork, reflection, and sharing of ideas
• An opportunity to see the Keynote Address (for older kids who are interested)

To attend, a Kids Conference Day Camp Application must be completed and returned to us. Please contact Pam Bird at 800-377-6226, ext. 1204; pbird@epilepsymichigan.org, and one will be sent to you. A completed application must be received to reserve a spot for your child. SPACE IS LIMITED!




Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors:


2017 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address
Joyce Bender - Bender Consulting Services

Epilepsy Research: Accelerating New Therapies 
Kathleen Farrell, MB BCh BAO, Director of Clinical Research - Epilepsy Foundation - Presentation Slides
Jason Schwalb, MD, Neurosurgeon - Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program - Presentation Slides

Medications for Epilepsy: Choices, Chances, and Changes
Rohit Marawar, MD, epileptologist - DMC Harper University Hospital - Presentation Slides
Kari Vavra Janes, PharmD, BCPS, Pharmacist - Ferris State University - Presentation Slides


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.