Wellness & Epilepsy Conference
 
Saturday, October 22, 2016
VisTaTech Center - Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48152



 
The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan’s Wellness & Epilepsy Conference is Michigan’s premier educational and networking opportunity for people with epilepsy, family members, and professionals who serve them. Each year, the Foundation brings together an impressive group of experts from around the state to share their clinical and personal insights on epilepsy and wellness. The conference also features a Health & Resource Fair, an inspirational Keynote Address, and a day camp for kids, so the whole family can attend. Please take advantage of the formal and informal opportunities to learn and connect at this year’s conference. 
 
 



If you'd like to come the night before, there are many lodging options in the area. 

Please let others know about the conference by sharing our 2016 Conference Flyer.
 

Keynote Address - Chanda Gunn
Sponsored by St. John Providence Health System

Chanda Gunn is an accomplished ice hockey player known for overcoming obstacles on and off the rink. When she was nine, she was diagnosed with juvenile absence epilepsy. Chanda quickly gained control over her epilepsy with antiseizure medication. Unfortunately, in the middle of her freshman year, she experienced a series of tonic-clonic seizures and had to drop out of college to regain control over her epilepsy. Through her hard work, though, she returned to the ice and eventually helped lead the U.S. team to a bronze medal in the XX Olympic Winter Games held in Turin, Italy.

Today, Chanda lives an active life with her family. She continues to battle epilepsy but never lets it defeat her. She is heavily involved in charity work, serving as an Athletes vs Epilepsy Ambassador. Chanda believes people living with epilepsy should support one another and encourages the community not to let seizures discourage them from chasing their dreams. Join us as she shares her inspiring story of perseverance in the face of adversity.  


Schedule at a Glance  (topics and times subject to change)

8:00 - 8:50 am Registration
8:50 - 9:00 am  Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 am Keynote Address - Chanda Gunn
10:00 - 11:00 am The Nature of Epilepsy: Research Highlights 
Sponsored by University of Michigan Health System
William Stacey, MD, PhD - University of Michigan Health System
Yu Wang, MD, PhD - University of Michigan Health System
11:00 - 11:10 am Break
11:10 am - 12:10 pm Beyond Medications: Advances in Epilepsy Treatment
Sponsored by Spectrum Health
David Burdette, MD - Spectrum Health
12:10 - 1:40 pm Health & Resource Fair
Sponsored by University of Michigan Health System
Networking Reception
Sponsored by Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Lunch
1:40 - 2:40 pm Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  Accessing Appropriate Epilepsy Care
Sponsored by Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Marianna Spanaki-Varelas, MD, PhD – Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Aashit Shah, MD - DMC Harper University Hospital
Linda Selwa, MD – University of Michigan Health System 
  Living Well with Epilepsy: Fads and Facts
Sponsored by St. John Providence Health System
Amer Aboukasm, MD – St. John Providence Health System
Iqbal Allarakhia, MD – St. John Providence Health System
  Prevention & Management of Medication Side Effects
Tyson Burghardt, MD - Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University
Zachary Dyme, MD - Sparrow Health System, Michigan State University
2:40 - 2:50 pm Break
2:50 - 4:00 pm Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  Adult Open Forum
Aashit Shah, MD - DMC Harper University Hospital
  Pediatric Open Forum
Daniel Arndt, MD - Beaumont Children's Hospital
  Overcoming Memory Problems
Michael Wolff, PsyD, ABPdN - BRAINS


Networking Reception
Sponsored by Henry Ford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

In addition to the wealth of information offered through its educational sessions, the Wellness & Epilepsy Conference provides an outstanding opportunity to network. The Networking Reception that takes place during lunch helps to connect you with others who share similar interests and experiences. A portion of the tables will have signs (such as "Epilepsy Surgery," "Women with Epilepsy," or "Parents of Teens with Epilepsy") to help you find others with whom you can learn and share. Please use this time to ask questions, share stories, exchange emails and phone numbers, and build your social support network. 


Health & Resource Fair
Sponsored by University of Michigan Health System

The Health & Resource Fair gives attendees a chance to talk with representatives from some of the state's leading health systems, epilepsy centers, treatment providers, and human service agencies. You'll be able to learn more about resources that can help you better manage epilepsy and it's consequences. Be sure to visit all of the exhibitors and fill up your bags with valuable information about the services they provide.  
 

Kids Conference Day Camp
Supported by Children's Hospital of Michigan

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan is again pleased to offer our Kids Conference Day Camp to any children (ages 2 - 15) who have epilepsy or have a family member with epilepsy. The Kids Conference Day Camp allows parents of campers to enjoy the conference while their children are entertained and cared for across the hallway. Participants enjoy a variety of social, educational, and recreational activities, including the following:

  • Icebreaker activities to help kids get to know each other
  • Age-appropriate activity options for individuals and small groups
  • A creative group project that kids work on throughout the day; the project promotes teamwork, reflection, and sharing of ideas
  • A discussion session, led by an epilepsy health professional, where kids learn more about epilepsy and get the chance to ask questions and share experiences 

To register your child or children for the Kids Conference Day Camp, please complete and return the 2016 Kids Conference Day Camp Application for each child. Space at the Kids Conference Day Camp is limited. To reserve a slot, a completed application must be received before the camp fills up. A $10 per child fee will be requested at registration on the day of the camp. This fee can be reduced in cases of financial hardship. If you have any questions, please contact Russ Derry (800-377-6226 ext. 1302).





Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:


2015 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address
Tony Coelho - former U.S. Congressman and primary sponsor of the ADA

Advances in Epilepsy Neurodiagnostics and Neuroimaging
Andrew Zillgitt, DO - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides (due to large file size, this may take several minutes to open)
Eishi Asano, MD, PhD - Children's Hospital of Michigan     Presentation Slides

Epilepsy Open Forum
David Burdette, MD - Spectrum Health
Anastasia Luniova, MD - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Management of Nocturnal Seizures
Nicholas Beimer, MD – University of Michigan Health System
Sucheta Joshi, MD – University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Neeraj Kaplish, MD - University of Michigan Health System

Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy
Zahra Abbas – Adult with Epilepsy 
Gregory Barkley, MD – Henry Ford Health System
Michael Komorn – Komorn Law; Michigan Medical Marijuana Association
Evangelos Litinas, MD, MBA – Om of Medicine


2014 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address
Phil Gattone, Epilepsy Foundation     Presentation Slides

Current Trends in Epilepsy Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center     Presentation Slides

Epilepsy Open Forum
Brien Smith, MD - Spectrum Health
Seth DeVries, MD - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

The Best (and Worst) of Epilepsy
Amer Aboukasm, MD - St. John Providence Health System
Iqbal Allarakhia, MD - St. John Providence Health System
Cassandra Emerson - adult with epilepsy
Janet Weisz - parent of a teen with epilepsy

Advances in Epilepsy Surgery
Ellen Air, MD, PhD - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides
 

2013 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address: Diane Van Deren - Champion Ultrarunner

Current Trends in Epilepsy Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Ruggero Serafini, MD, PhD - Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center     Presentation Slides
William Stacey, MD, PhD - University of Michigan Health System     Presentation Slides

Antiseizure Medications: Striving for "No Seizures, No Side Effects"
Andrew Zillgitt, DO - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides
David Burdette, MD - St. John Providence Health System     Presentation Slides
Jules Constantinou, MD - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides

Safety and Independence: The Epilepsy Balancing Act
Simon Glynn, MD - University of Michigan Health System
Renee Shellhaas, MD, MS - University of Michigan Health System

Adult Open Forum
Brien Smith, MD - Spectrum Health
 

Martha Curtis  gave an inspiring Keynote Address at the 2012 conference. Watch her Keynote Address.