Join Us for a Free Event
Patients, caregivers and health care providers are all welcome to attend this free event.
Did you know more than 2.5 million people in the U.S have some form of epilepsy?And over 50,000 of those people are living with epilepsy in San Diego County. Join us Saturday, April 27 to get the latest insights on epilepsy and meet the faculty of UC San Diego Health System Epilepsy Center.
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
9 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.
Welcome and Overview of Epilepsy
Vicente Iragui-Madoz, MD, PhD, professor of neurosciences and director of UC San Diego Health System Epilepsy Center
Why does a person develop epilepsy? This patient-centered overview will summarize the main types of seizures and epilepsy in various age groups and populations. Epilepsy comes in many shapes and sizes!
9:25 a.m. – 9:45 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 System Epilepsy Center
What types of procedures and testing are available at specialized centers? How does video-EEG monitoring help us to understand epilepsy at the level of the individual? What types of training and professionals make up the epilepsy care team?
9:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Advances in Neuroimaging in Epilepsy
Carrie McDonald, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and faculty member at UC San Diego Health System Epilepsy Center and the Multimodal Imaging Laboratory
How are new techniques able to see past the skull and provide images of the brain and its pathways? How are these new techniques helping us to understand epilepsy and brain function?
10:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Medically Refractory Epilepsy: What are the Options?
Leena Kansal, MD, assistant professor of neurosciences and faculty epileptologist, UC San Diego Health System Epilepsy Center
In some people, seizures may continue, even with the use of medications. What are some options for these patients? How do we judge when a patient might be a candidate for new therapy, clinical trials or surgical treatments?
10:35 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Surgical Treatment for Epilepsy
David Barba, MD, professor of neurosurgery, UC San Diego Health System Epilepsy Center
Carefully selected patients may be candidates for surgical treatment, designed to remove the seizure focus or abnormal tissue, while avoiding injury to important structures, which may be nearby. Epilepsy surgery can be life-altering if the seizures go into remission after surgery. Learn more about this journey by watching a person’s seizures unfold and seeing an epilepsy center team’s approach to finding the best treatment for each patient.
11 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 of general interest during the last portion of the program.