This is the preliminary conference program and is subject to change before the meeting. Please contact Joanna Crooks with questions.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM - Optional Hill Visit Prep Meeting (additional information is available here)

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Optional Capitol Hill Visits (additional information is available here)

4:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Registration Open

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Family Welcome Session, Jeff Buchhalter, MD; Gardiner Lapham, RN, MPH

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Attendee Welcome Reception - Walter Koroshetz, MD; Michele Walsh 

Friday, June 15, 2018

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM - Registration Open

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Family Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM - Welcome: Conference Overview and Goals, Elizabeth Donner, MD; George Richerson, MD, PhD; Tom Stanton, MPP

8:15 AM - 10:15 AM - Plenary 1, Combating Mortality in Epilepsy: Looking Back and Looking Ahead, Elizabeth Donner, MD; William Gaillard, MD; Gardiner Lapham, RH, MPH; George Richerson, MD, PhD; Tom Stanton, MPP

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM - Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Plenary 2, Basic Mechanisms (Imaging Connectomic Biomarkers in SUDEP Brain; Links Between Sleep and SUDEP; Ion Channels and Precision Therapy of Sudden Cardiac Death; Similarities and Potential Shared Mechanisms of SIDS and SUDEP), Onur Afacan, PhD; Gordon Buchanan, MD, PhD; Albert George, Jr., MD; George Richerson, MD, PhD

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM - Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Plenary 3, Creating Urgency & Change: The Role Advocacy Plays in Understanding and Preventing Mortality, Orrin Devinsky, MD; Jeanne Donalty; Jane Hanna, OBE; Gardiner Lapham, RN, MPH; Rosey Panelli, PhD; Sally Schaeffer; Tom Stanton, MPP 

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM - Break

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 - Closing the Loop of Communication, Sara Friebert, MD; Rajesh RamachandranNair, MD, MBBS, Doug Simmons, Jenniafer Walters

Breakout 2 - Functional Biomarkers for SUDEP: A Discussion From the Bedside to the Bench, Berj Bardakjian, PhD; Peter Carlen, MD; Elizabeth Donner, MD; Stiliyan Kalitzin, PhD

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Attendee Reception (Posters Reception & Exhibits Open)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM - Registration Open

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM - Welcome and Updates, Elizabeth Donner, MD; George Richerson, MD, PhD; Tom Stanton, MPP

8:10 AM - 10:00 AM - Plenary 4, Nocturnal Supervision, Seizure Detection, and SUDEP Prevention. What Is the Evidence?, Daniel Friedman, MD;  William Heetderks, MD, PhD; Brian Litt, MD; Rainer Surges, MD; Roland Thijs, PhD

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM - Break

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 - Pathophysiology Roundtable (Cardiac Ion Channels; Pathophysiology of Brainstem Depolarization; Human Dravet Syndrome IPSCs; Forebrain-Brainstem Pathways, Physiological Changes Associated with the Timing of Death), Lori Isom, PhD;  Jeff Noebels, MD, PhD; Jack Parent, MD; Kristina Simeone, PhD

Breakout 2 - New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE): An Emerging Cause of Epilepsy Mortality, Nick Abend, MD, MSCE; Orrin Devinsky, MD; Marissa Kellogg, MD, MPH; Nora Wong

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM - Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM - Plenary 5, Causes of Epilepsy Mortality Beyond SUDEP, Larry Hirsch, MD; Andres Kanner, MD; David Thurman, MD, MPH

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1 - Considering a Device: Questions to Ask and User Feedback, Sonya Dumanis, PhD; Daniel Friedman, MD; Kimberly Greenwalt; Lauren Knepper, RN; Sylvia Palm; Tom Stanton, MPP

Breakout 2 - Evidence-based Self-management Research to Address Risk Factors for Premature Mortality in People With Epilepsy: A Research Update from the Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network, Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES; Dilip Pandey, MD, PhD; Martha Sajatovic, MD; Tanya Spruill, PhD

Breakout 3 - Imaging & Genetics Roundtable (Experimental Imaging; Genetics; Sodium Ion Channels), Carl Faingold, PhD; Alica Goldman, MD, PhD; Miriam Meisler, PhD

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Conference Wrap-Up and Next Steps, Elizabeth Donner, MD; George Richerson, MD, PhD; Tom Stanton, MPP



The American Epilepsy Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Epilepsy Society designates this live course for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.