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, employmelundbeck logont and school issues, as well as other challenges that those with epilepsy/seizure disorder share.

Special thanks to Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring these programs!

The Dates are Set for the Spring Conference Series

Spring Conference Series

The Lehigh Valley Epilepsy Conference will take place on March 26, 2015 from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm at Lehigh Valley HospitalRegistration/check in will open at 5:30 pm.  Exhibits will be available for viewing from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The program will begin promptly at 6:00 pm and will feature two sessions. Dr. Susan Ingram of Lehigh Valley Health Network will open the program, presenting on Mood and Memory. The second session on Managing Epilepsy will be presented by Dr. Kimberly Palangio, a neurologist that is board certified in epilepsy. Click here to view the conference brochure. For directions to the conference, visit http://www.lvhn.org/facilities_directions.

For more information contact Ellen Baca, Lehigh Valley Coordinator at lv@efepa.org or 215-629-5003. Registration is available online at www.epilepsyinthevalley.org 

Lancaster County  will also host an  annual spring evening seminar on May 20, 2015 at the Morgan Center in Manheim Township Library. This year’s presenter will be  Gregory Bergey, MD Professor of Neurology and Director of the Johns Hopkins Epilepsy Center. The topic of the program will cover stimulating devices for epilepsy treatment including Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) and deep brain stimulation.For more information contact Kerri Michnya, Lancaster and Berks Resource Coordinator at kmichnya@efepa.org or 215-629-5003. Registration is available online at www.epilepsyexchange.org. 

Women’s and Men’s Conference:

The Separate Issues program is offered every other year in the spring, with concurrent sessions running about Women’s and Men’s experience with epilepsy. They focus on the unique and special concerns related to epilepsy/seizure disorder that are gender specific. This year’s program will be held on May 2, 2015. The program will run from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the HUB, United Plaza, located at 30 S. 17th St, Philadelphia PA 19103. Registration is now open at http://tinyurl.com/wmepilepsy. 

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 of Great Valley Neurological Associates, 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.

For more information about the program contact Sue Livingston, Education Coordinator at slivingston@efepa.org or 215-629-5003.

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Fall Conferences

Epilepsy Education Exchange

Click here to view presentations from the 2014 Exchange conference.

The Epilepsy Education Exchange is our annual conference held in the greater Philadelphia area. It helps kick off November as Epilepsy Awareness Month. This year’s conference was held on November 1, 2014 at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, PA. The keynote session, “Weeding out the Truth: Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy” was presented by Dr. Eric Marsha from the Regional Epilepsy Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. Joyce Liporace of Great Valley Neurolgic Associates. Their presentation can be viewed on our Youtube page by clicking here. Directions to accessing the page are also available here. 

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

What the Medical Marijuana Hub-Bub Tells us about Present and Future Epilepsy Treatments

Dennis Dlugos, MD, Regional Pediatric Epilepsy Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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

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

Caregivers & Stress
Jaime Spinell Zuckerman, PsyD

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Wyoming Valley Epilepsy Education Exchange

November 19, 2014 | 6:00 pm – 8: 30 pm

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Click here to view the brochure

The Wyoming Valley area also hosts an Epilepsy Education Exchange each fall. This year’s program features two speakers from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. This is a great way to learn more about the latest in the field while meeting others in the community. The program is as follows:

Treatment Options for Epilepsy 
Dr. David Gloss, Department of Neurology, Geisinger Medical Center

Managing Your Diagnosis: Question & Answer with a Neurologist
Dr. Carol Ulloa, Department of Neurology, Geisinger Wyoming Valley

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

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.

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:

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