Learn & Share Conference Calls
Education and Support are Just a Phone Call Away 
Two common needs among people with epilepsy and their families are the need for up-to-date information on epilepsy and support from others who are coping with the condition. Often, however, lack of transportation, fear of having a seizure, and other factors make it difficult to attend support groups and other community events. In response, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan's Learn & Share Conference Calls provide an opportunity to both gain knowledge about epilepsy and related issues and share experiences to help others.

Interested individuals can participate in monthly Conference Calls (see schedule below) by calling a toll-free phone number and entering a passcode. You can learn more about each call and register online by clicking on "REGISTER" below. You can also contact Russ Derry (ext. 1302) to register (recommended if you want to register for multiple calls).

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2014 Schedule:

Date Topic Speaker(s) Registration
February 12
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Epilepsy and Sleep Linda Selwa, MD - epileptologist
University of Michigan Health System
LISTEN
March 5
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Seizure Types: Implications for Diagnosis and Management Tyson Burghardt, MD - epileptologist
Michigan State University
LISTEN
April 2
noon - 1:30 pm   
Attention, Executive Function, and Epilepsy Christine Trask, PhD -
pediatric neuropsychologist
Rhode Island Hospital
LISTEN
May 7
noon - 1:30 pm      
Complementary Therapies for Epilepsy Gregory Barkley, MD - epileptologist
Henry Ford Health System
LISTEN
June 4
noon - 1:30 pm     
Mood Disorders and Epilepsy Adriana Tanner, MD - epileptologist
Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences
LISTEN
July 9
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Epilepsy Treatment: Recent and Future Advances Ayman Haykal, MD - epileptologist
Spectrum Health
LISTEN
August 6   
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Caregiver-Patient Dialogue Russell Derry, MPH - Director of Education
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
REGISTER
September 3  
noon - 1:30 pm    
The Ketogenic Diet and Other Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy Denise Potter, RD, CSP, CDE
Samantha Choi, MS, RD, CSP -
Ketogenic Diet Dieticians
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
REGISTER
October 11
No Call
Wellness & Epilepsy Conference No Learn & Share Conference Call Scheduled  
November 5
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Epilepsy: Beyond the Nervous System Deepti Zutshi, MD - epileptologist
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center
REGISTER
December 3
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Developmental Disabilities and Childhood Epilepsy Iqbal Allarakhia, MD -
pediatric epileptologist
St. John Providence Health System
REGISTER



The following Learn & Share Conference Calls from 2013 were recorded:

Date Topic Speaker(s)  
February 6 Ask the Epileptologist Yvan Tran, MD
Hauenstein Neuroscience Center at St. Mary's Healthcare
LISTEN
April 3 Epilepsy: Understanding and Managing Risks David Burdette, MD
St. John Providence Health System
LISTEN
May 1 Neurostimulation-Based Therapies for Epilepsy Andrew Zillgitt, DO
Henry Ford Health System
LISTEN
June 5 Severe Childhood Epilepsy Syndromes Rani Singh, MD
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
LISTEN
July 3 Medications for Epilepsy Toya Malone, MD
Bronson Neuroscience Center
LISTEN
August 7 Understanding Epilepsy at the Cellular Level Ruggero Serafini, MD, PhD
Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University
LISTEN
September 4    Managing Challenging Behaviors in Kids With Epilepsy Brad Bridges, LMSW - BRAINS, LLP
Bea Castillo - Director, Camp Discovery
LISTEN
October 2 Epilepsy Diagnosis Nikesh Ardeshna, MD
Spectrum Health
LISTEN
December 4 Epilepsy Surgery: Risks and Benefits Oren Sagher, MD
University of Michigan Health System
LISTEN
















The following Learn & Share Conference Calls from 2012 were recorded:

Date Topic Speaker(s)  
February 1
 
Social Security Disability Benefits Karen Starr, MS, CRC, SDA, CBIS, ADR
STARR Disability Advocates, Inc
LISTEN
March 7
 
Speak Up, Speak Out:
Public Policy Advocacy for Epilepsy
Bill Murphy, Epilepsy Foundation
Arlene Gorelick, Epilepsy Foundation
LISTEN
April 4
 
Epilepsy Surgery Chaim Colen, MD, PhD
Beaumont Health System
LISTEN
May 2
 
Ask the Epileptologist Aashit Shah, MD
Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University
LISTEN
July 11
 
Aging Well With Epilepsy Adriana Tanner, MD
St. Mary’s Health Care
LISTEN
August 1
 
Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures Andrea Thomas, MA, LLP
Henry Ford Health System
LISTEN
September 5
 
Transition Planning for Youth With Epilepsy Tricia Luker and Calvin Luker
The Respect ABILITY Law Center
LISTEN
October 3
 
Medications for Epilepsy Linda Selwa, MD
University of Michigan Health System
LISTEN
December 5
 
Assistive Technology for Cognition Michael Wolff, PsyD, ABPdN
BRAINS
LISTEN
















The following Learn & Share Conference Calls from 2011 were recorded:

Diagnostic Tools for Epilepsy: From EEG to PET
Simon Glynn, MD - University of Michigan Health System
LISTEN 

Epilepsy in the Teenage Years
A panel of young adults who dealt with epilepsy as teens
LISTEN