Epilepsy & Seizures Expo

Saturday, November 9, 2019 | Graduate Hotel – Minneapolis
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The Epilepsy & Seizures Expo at the Graduate Hotel Minneapolis is designed to meet the needs of all those affected by epilepsy. This event is perfect for adults and youth with epilepsy, as well as parents and caregivers. Meet with exhibitors to have one-on-one conversations about products, treatments, and available services, and attend breakout sessions to learn more about the topics relevant to you.

This year we’re joined by Blanca Vazquez, MD, Director of Epilepsy Clinical Trials at New York University (NYU) Langone Health’s Department of Neurology and Director of International Programs for the Epilepsy Service.

In hopes of making attendance easier, we’re happy to offer on-site childcare for children ages 3-12. Please read this waiver prior to registration. Arrangements for childcare must be made in advance, please contact Mary Meuwissen at mmeuwissen@efmn.org or 800.779.0777 to learn more.

Expo Schedule

Check-In/Registration
Breakout Session #1
Keynote Speaker – Blanca Vazquez, MD
Break/Visit Exhibitors
Breakout Session #2
Break/Visit Exhibitors
Mainstage Speaker
Breakout Session #3

Keynote Speaker

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Blanca Vazquez, MD

Director of Epilepsy Clinical Trials at NYU Langone Health’s Department of Neurology and Director of International Programs for the Epilepsy Service, Dr. Vazquez will be our featured speaker this year and will talk about “Hot Topics in Epilepsy: New treatments and future directions related to epilepsy and seizures.”

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Breakout Sessions 8:30-9:30 AM

Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy – Dr. Julie Hanna

Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for medically refractory epilepsy delivers electrical pulses to a target in the brain called the anterior nucleus of the thalamus which is part of a network involved in seizures. Dr. Julie Hanna will review how the therapy works and who might be a candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation.

Medications 101 – Dr. Douglas Smith

The list of anti-seizure medications is long, and the list of possible side effects is even longer. Please join Dr. Douglas Smith of the Minnesota Epilepsy Group as he reviews the dozens of anti-seizure medication options to see if there may be other treatment options for you or your loved ones.

Virtual Jane VR Experience

UCB presents this immersive virtual reality experience to help those without epilepsy understand what it’s like to have a seizure in public. There’s a limited number of spots so make sure to signup for a time when you arrive.

"The Expo really helped me not feel alone dealing with epilepsy. It's nice getting some more information on top of what I've learned through my treatment."

-2018 Epilepsy & Seizures Expo Attendee

Breakout Sessions 11:15 AM-12 PM

Sleep and Epilepsy – Sarah Moe

Sleep problems and epilepsy share a complex relationship where each impacts the other. In this seminar, you will learn about their connection as well as how to get the quality and quantity of sleep needed to feel rested.

Diet and Epilepsy – Dr. Heidi Currier

Dr. Heidi Currier will discuss how different aspects of diet, from healthy eating to the ketogenic diet, can help manage seizures.

Virtual Jane VR Experience

UCB presents this immersive virtual reality experience to help those without epilepsy understand what it’s like to have a seizure in public. There’s a limited number of spots so make sure to signup for a time when you arrive.

"This was the first time we went to the Expo and it helped us understand, ask questions, and find answers. It made us feel that we are not dealing with this alone."

-2018 Epilepsy & Seizures Expo Attendee

Breakout Sessions 1:15-2 PM

CANCELLED! Why is a Rescue Protocol Needed? – Dr. Tim Feyma

Due to conflicts, Dr. Tim Feyma is no longer joining us for the Epilepsy & Seizures Expo.

CBD and Epilepsy – Dr. Ilo Leppik

Dr. Ilo Leppik from the University of Minnesota will cover the current science between CBD and the treatment of epilepsy. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with attendees.

Virtual Jane VR Experience

UCB presents this immersive virtual reality experience to help those without epilepsy understand what it’s like to have a seizure in public. There’s a limited number of spots so make sure to signup for a time when you arrive.

Registration for the Expo is now open!

Tickets are $20 per person, or $40 for the whole family. Financial assistance available by contacting mmeuwissen@efmn.org or 800.779.0777.

 

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