Patients, caregivers and health care providers are all welcome to attend this free event. Registration is required.
Did You Know? When left undiagnosed and uncontrolled, epilepsy may progressively alter normal brain function and create serious social and psychological problems. For these reasons, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
9 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and Overview of Epilepsy
Vicente Iragui-Madoz, MD, PhD, professor of neurosciences and director of UC San Diego Health Epilepsy Center
Why does a person develop epilepsy? This patient-centered overview will summarize the main types of seizures and provide an overview of epilepsy.
9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The Epilepsy Center: The Next Step in Care
Evelyn Tecoma, MD, PhD, professor of neurosciences and associate director of UC San Diego Health Epilepsy Center
What types of specialized tests are available at comprehensive epilepsy centers? How does video-EEG monitoring help us individualize care? What types of professionals make up the epilepsy care team? Dr. Tecoma will answer these questions and more as she discusses the next steps in epilepsy care.
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Memory Problems in Epilepsy
Marc Norman, PhD, professor of psychiatry, UC San Diego Health Epilepsy Center
If you’re having trouble with your memory, you’re not alone. It is quite common for individuals of all ages with epilepsy to notice memory problems. Whether they are being caused by disruptive seizures or anti-epileptic medications, Dr. Norman will discuss helpful strategies to minimize impact on daily activities.
9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Medically Refractory Epilepsy: What are the Options?
Leena Kansal, MD, assistant professor of neurosciences, UC San Diego Health Epilepsy Center
In some individuals with epilepsy, seizures can continue even when they are being treated with standard medications. Dr. Kansal will share additional options for these patients, including new medications, beneficial ways to alter your diet and options for brain electrical stimulation.
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Surgical Treatment for Epilepsy
David Barba, MD, professor of neurosurgery, UC San Diego Health Epilepsy Center
Some patients may benefit from surgical treatment, which is designed to remove the abnormal brain tissue responsible for generating seizures. These surgeries can put seizures into remission and provide a life-altering option for individuals with epilepsy. Dr. Barba will describe the ideal candidate and prognosis for a surgical approach.
10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
One Family’s Experience: Lessons from Nina
Dr. Thomas and Nadia Davies
A family shares their experience with epilepsy, discussing the social stigmas, barriers to care they have faced, research and their vision for the future.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Q&A
Throughout the program, audience members may hand question cards to assistants circulating in the audience. The panel will answer questions representative of general interest during the last portion of the program.