Epilepsy Innovation Conference


The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan hosted its first ever Epilepsy Innovation Conference in Grand Rapids on June 2, 2018. We would like to thank all of the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees who helped to make this conference a huge success! If you have any questions about the conference or feedback to provide, please contact Russ Derry at 800-377-6226 ext. 1302. To see photos of the conference, please visit our photo gallery.


8:30 - 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:45 am
Highlights from the Epilepsy Innovation Institute (Ei2)
Exciting research and developments from the national Epilepsy Foundation’s Ei2
Sonya Dumanis, PhD – Director, Epilepsy Innovation Institute    PRESENTATION SLIDES

9:45 – 10:45 am
Innovations in Epilepsy Treatment
Medication, Diet, Neuromodulation, and Surgery: Past, Present, and Future
Adriana Tanner, MD – epileptologist, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences
David Burdette, MD – epileptologist, Spectrum Health

10:45 – 11:00 am

11:00 am - Noon
Changing How We Think About and Classify Seizures & Epilepsies
How understanding seizure and epilepsy type can clarify diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options
Angel Hernandez, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Kristina Karanec, DO – epileptologist, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences    PRESENTATION SLIDES

Noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch & Networking Time

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Epilepsy and Cognitive Function: Advances in Diagnosis and Management (Panel Discussion)
Advances in the detection and management of memory, attention, and executive function disorders
Rachel Fabris, MD – epileptologist, Spectrum Health
Michael Wolff, PsyD, ABPdN – pediatric neuropsychologist, BRAINS
Julianne Bomia, MA CCC-SLP – speech-language pathologist, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Epilepsy Q&A
Yanny Phillips, DO, PhD – epileptologist, Bronson Neuroscience Center
Nancy McNamara, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Thank You to Our Sponors

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