Wellness & Epilepsy Conference
 
Saturday, November 11, 2017
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. 
 

Keynote Address

To be determined


Continuing Education

ASET CEUs are provided for Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists. We can also provide certificates of completion upon request to other professionals. Contact Russell Derry (248-809-4744) for assistance.
 

Networking Reception

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

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

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 2017 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:


2016 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address
Chanda Gunn - Olympic Hockey Medalist

The Nature of Epilepsy: Research Highlights
William Stacey, MD, PhD– University of Michigan Health System
Yu Wang, MD, PhD - University of Michigan Health System

Beyond Medications: Advances in Epilepsy Treatment
David Burdette, MD - Spectrum Health


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.