Wellness & Epilepsy Conference

 
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Diamond Center, Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374




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DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE AVAILABLE 

at the Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi (located adjacent to the Diamond Center, Suburban Collection Showplace).

To reserve a room, call 800-233-1234, or reserve a room online. Use Group Code: G-EFOM to receive your discounted room rate of $115. Reservations must be made by October 23, 205.
 

2015 Keynote Speaker: Tony Coelho
Sponsored by St. John Providence Health System

A United States Congressman for over 10 years, and the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Tony Coelho has been a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. In this presentation, Mr. Coelho will share how his epilepsy influenced his vision for America, how the country has improved as a result of his efforts and the efforts of others, and what still needs to be done to ensure equal rights for people with epilepsy and other disabilities. 

 

Schedule at a Glance

Anticipated topics include the following (subject to change):

  • Advances in Epilepsy Neurodiagnostics and Neuroimaging
  • Epilepsy Open Forum
  • Epilepsy Prognosis
  • Management of Nocturnal Seizures
  • Employment Barriers and Strategies for People with Epilepsy
  • Medications for Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Action: How to Make a Difference in the Fight Against Epilepsy 


Kids Conference Day Camp

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 2015 Kids Conference Day Camp Application (see below) for each child. Space at the Kids Conference Day Camp is limited. To reserve a slot, a completed application must be received. 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).

Kids Conference Day Camp Application - pdf version (use this version if you plan to print the form and fill it out by hand)

Kids Conference Day Camp Application - MS Word version
(use this version if you plan to type in your answers on the computer; signatures can be obtained on the day of the conference)





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.