Conferences and Educational Workshops

 

Annual Epilepsy Education Exchanges:

The Epilepsy Education Exchanges are annual conferences in the Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre region. Participants include those living with epilepsy, family and loved ones of those living with seizures, medical and healthcare professionals, and school personnel.

Topics are related to epilepsy treatments and updates, psychological, emotional and social concerns, clinical trials, employment and school issues, as well as other challenges that those with epilepsy/seizure disorder share.

Philadelphia’s annual conference is rotated throughout the 5 counties surrounding Philadelphia.
Click here to view the 2011 keynote presentation.
Click here to view presentations from the 2012 Exchange conference.

The Date is set for the 2014 Exchange!

November 1 at the Ace Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, PA.


This year’s series features new topics as well as those that are on the cutting edge of epilepsy treatment and research. See below!

Medical Marijuana & Epilepsy 
Eric Marsh, MD, Regional Epilepsy Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Joyce Liporace, MD, Great Valley Neurological Associates

New Treatment Devices & Clinical Trials
Kathryn Davis, MD, Penn Epilepsy Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Headaches & Epilepsy
Stephanie Wrobel GoldbergMD , Jefferson Headache Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Caregivers & Stress
Jaime Spinell Zuckerman, PsyD

2013 Series:

Frances E. Jensen, MD

Keynote: Frances Jensen, MD
Chair of the Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania Epilepsy is more than just seizures – learn about bridging the knowledge gap between doctors and patients, the non-medical aspects of epilepsy, and promising directions in medical research


Other Workshops Include:

Forgotten Siblings & the Impact of Epilepsy on the Family; Danielle Boyce, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Sleep & Epilepsy; Christopher Skidmore, MD & Joon Kang, MD, Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Opening up on SUDEP; Michael Sperling, MD, Director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Neuropyschological Testing: Why and Why? Edward Moss, PhD, Malamut & Moss, P.C.

Vendor Exhibits provided by: Cyberonics,  The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health, Canine Partners for Life, Lundbeck, Pediatric Specialty Care and UCB Pharmaceuticals.  Visit their tables at the conference to learn even more about developments in the field.

Wilkes-Barre also hosts an Epilepsy Education Exchange each fall. Past conference topics include as new treatment options, memory and cognitive effects of epilepsy, caregiver burnout, and men and women’s issues. The 2013 Conference featured Michael Sperling, MD, Director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center presenting “After the Diagnosis,”. Additional workshops included:

Coping with Epilepsy, Paul McCabe, MD, Geisinger Medical Center, Scranton
Social Security Benefits and Epilepsy; Thomas Giordano, Esq., Pond, Lehocky, Giordano & Stern.
Depression and Epilepsy, Rebecca Dalgin, PhD, University of Scranton

Click here to view the 2013 Wyoming Valley Brochure

Questions? Contact Mary Loughlin at epilepsywv@efepa.org or 570-592-1150

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Evening Education

Lancaster County  hosted the  annual spring evening seminar on May 28, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center. The program, titled “Living Well with Seizures: Quality Epilepsy Care” featured Dr. Frank Gilliam, Professor of Neurology and practicing epileptologist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Gilliam presented on current and future treatment options and ways to best manage an epilepsy diagnosis.

Allentown hosted an evening educational program in the spring at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown on March 26, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm entitled, “Establishing Hope: Current and Future Treatment Options.” The program features Soraya Jimenez, MD of the Lehigh Valley Health Network presenting the newest in epilepsy treatments, and Christopher Skidmore, MD of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center speaking about the future in epilepsy treatment.

Women’s and Men’s Conferences:

Separate Issues is offered every other year in the spring, both conferences run on the same date, simultaneously. They focus on the unique and special concerns related to epilepsy/seizure disorder that are gender specific.

Past conferences have included topics such as: Women: Hormones & Epilepsy, Pregnancy & Healthy Babies, Bone Health, Beyond Child-bearing Years. Men: Sexuality, Reproduction & Genetics, Side-effects of Medication, Lifestyle Adjustments, and Psychological Issues.

Joyce Liporace, MD, Director of the Women’s Health and Epilepsy Program, Center for Neuroscience, Riddle Hospital, has been the chairperson for the Women’s Conference since it’s inception in 1999. Michael Sperling, MD, Director of the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, was the chairperson of the first Men’s Conference in 2010.

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Speakers for all EFEPA conferences are well-known professionals in their field.
Visit our Professional Advisory Board and Board of Directors to view some, but not all, of our conference faculty.

Young Adults:

The EFEPA host’s semi annual educational programs geared towards young adults.  These programs focus on networking, job preparation, independence, and living well with epilepsy.

The May 2013 Educational Seminar was titled Key’s to Independence and utilized the UCipher assessment to reveal new insights into personal strengths, social and workplace skills, and employment goals.

For more information on Young Adult programs please contact Steve Ference at (215) 629-5003 x110 or sference@efepa.org.

The Foundation is not affiliated with any hospital in its services area. Presenters are chosen by their expertise of the subject matter. The Foundation is not funded by the pharmaceutical industry and is an independently incorporated affiliate of the Epilepsy Foundation National Office, Landover, MD, (800) 332-1000. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll free (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

The Foundation does not provide or facilitate transportation to any programs or events. These conferences are free and open to the public.

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In addition to our conferences and seminars, EFEPA is available to schedule specialized educational trainings for the following:

  • Epilepsy and Seizure Management for Seniors
  • Epilepsy and Seizure Response for Law Enforcement
  • EMS Training: Epilepsy and Seizure
  • Managing Student with Seizures for School Nurses

To schedule any of the following, contact Sue Livingston at 215-629-5003 x102 or slivingston@efepa.org

Online training is available for: