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23rd Annual International Epilepsy Symposia - October 5-11, 2014 - Cleveland, Ohio
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Epilepsy Surgery In Children:
Impact of Brain Development and Pathology

Overview

This unique epilepsy symposium will provide a comprehensive and at the same time refreshing approach to the evaluation and surgical management of pediatric patients with uncontrolled seizures. Specifically, the symposia will focus on the current state and future directions of presurgical evaluations and epilepsy surgery guided by our renewed understanding of the underlying pathology in each individual. With the widespread use of noninvasive and invasive evaluations and epilepsy neurosurgery the need arises to better define the pathological substrate and tailor our investigations, and expectations accordingly. This goal will be accomplished by detailing the structural and histopathological identification of each epileptic substrate. We will then review neuroimaging, electro-clinical and anatomo-functional, typical and atypical, presentations of each pathological substrate in pediatric patients with medicallyintractable epilepsies. We will then review the process of individualized surgical decision-making based on illustrative case discussions.

Target Audience

The symposium is designed for adult and pediatric neurologists and epileptologists, neurosurgeons performing epilepsy surgery in adults and children, neuroradiologists, clinical neurophysiologists, psychiatrists, clinical neuropsychologists, social workers and other expert caretakers of patients across all age groups with epilepsy.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the management of complex and refractory epilepsy in children with various pathologies focusing on epilepsy surgery
  • Review individualized per-surgical evaluation, surgical approaches and techniques and outcomes after epilepsy surgery.

 

Status Epilepticus: Overview and Scope of the Problem

Overview

The status epilepticus symposium will review the fundamentals of status epilepticus, update our colleagues on the modern medical practice, and discuss the future of treatment and recovery. Status epilepticus is often under recognized particularly in the critical care setting and making the diagnosis is the first step before treatment can be initiated. Treating status is not straight forward and our algorithms are out dated and often ineffective at stopping seizures. We will discuss the use of new and innovative medical approaches to stop and prevent seizures. The outcome of status epilepticus is highly dependent on the care and support of the patient during treatment. We will also discuss the future of preventing complications of treatment and innovations to improve patient outcomes.

Target Audience

The symposium is designed for adult and pediatric neurologists and epileptologists, neurosurgeons performing epilepsy surgery in adults and children, neuroradiologists, clinical neurophysiologists, psychiatrists, clinical neuropsychologists, social workers and other expert caretakers of patients across all age groups with epilepsy.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the definitions and epidemiology of Status Epilepticus (SE)
  • Review the pathophysiology of SE
  • Discuss the role of continuous EEG monitoring in the diagnosis and management of SE
  • Review the algorithm of medical management of SE and discuss the contributions of new antiepileptic medications and formulations in the modern management of SE
  • Discuss the medical complications of SE and the management approach to improve patient outcomes
  • Discuss the neurological and cognitive outcomes of SE

 

Brain Mapping Workshop II
Temporo-Perisylvian Epilepsies

About the Workshop

Temporal lobe epilepsy surgery is one of the most commonly performed resections for the treatment of pharmocoresistant disease. Despite multiple advances in neurophysiological imaging and invasive evaluation techniques, temporal lobe surgery may not lead to seizure freedom in a sizable number of patients.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the role of SEEG in the preresection exploration of patients with temporal and perisylvian epilepsies.

Target Audience

Neurosurgeons and Neurologists

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the functional anatomy of the temporal-perisylvian region and its implications on presurgical evaluation
  • Discuss the electro-chemical presentation of temporal-perisylvian epilepsy
  • Discuss the indications and surgical strategies related to the use of Stereotactic EEG methodology in patients with suspected temproperisylvian epilepsies.

 

Emerging Ethical and Legal Challenges
in Chronic Neurological Conditions

About the Workshop

The care of patients with serious chronic neurological conditions poses difficult ethical and legal dilemmas that extend beyond the acute care setting. This conference provides an opportunity for participants to engage in discussions regarding continuously emerging and profound legal and ethical challenges.

The topics for this conference include:

  • Obligations to provide or withhold innovative or alternative therapies
  • Societal and social issues in our new healthcare systems and the problem of stigma
  • Nonepileptic seizures and other conversion disorders: A dialogue about emerging issues
  • Public Health & Epilepsy: Considering driving, guns, and advocacy

The format of the conference will offer framework presentations by leading individuals from medicine, law, and ethics, followed by structured exploration and discussions. The paradigm of epilepsy will be used to highlight many of the ethical dilemmas, but there will be connections drawn to a variety of neurological illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, early Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, and Parkinson disease that span from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Target Audience

Neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, lawyers, advance care nurses, physician assistants, ethicists, psychologists, health services specialists, and social workers who address practical and ethical challenges related to chronic neurological conditions.

Learning Objectives

This conference will provide:

  • An exploration of dilemmas that arise in an outpatient setting that are relevant to clinicians, ethicists, and public health scholars.
  • Practical ethical frameworks and tools to navigate these dilemmas.
  • An opportunity for audience members to actively engage in developing new approaches and solutions.

 

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