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.
The Dates are Set for the Fall Conference Series
Special Thanks to Lundbeck for supporting these two important conferences!
Epilepsy Education Exchange
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
Wyoming Valley Epilepsy Education Exchange
November 19, 2014 | 6:00 pm – 8: 30 pm
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-592-1150
Spring Conference Series
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Online training is available for: