Sunday 6th September

SUNDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2015
 

07:30 - 09:00

 

TEACHING SESSION:                                                                                                                                      

SERIES 1: VIREPA: NEUROIMAGING IN EPILEPSY AND EPILEPSY SURGERY: DO'S AND DON'TS               

Co-Chairs:William Theodore (USA), William Davis Gaillard (USA)                                                                                  

  • Speaker 1: William Theodore (USA)
  • Speaker 2: William Davis Gaillard (USA)

 

TEACHING SESSION:                                                                                                                             

SERIES 2: CASE ORIENTATED SERIES: ELECTROCLINICAL SYNDROMES                                                          

Chair: Perrine Plouin (France)

  • Speaker 1: Ronit Pressler (UK)
  • Speaker 2: Renzo Guerrini (Italy)
  • Speaker 3: Perrine Plouin (France)

 

TEACHING SESSION:                                                                                                                                 

SERIES 3: EPILEPSY IN THE TROPICS: UPDATE AND PERSPECTIVES: PREVENTABLE EPILEPSIES             

Chair: Esper Cavalheiro (Brazil)

  • Translational aspects of neurocysticercosis-related epilepsy - Hector H. Garcia (Peru)
  • AIDS and epilepsy - Charles Newton (Kenya)

 

TEACHING SESSION:                                                                                                                               

SERIES 4: THE BEST OF TWO WORLDS: TRANSLATIONAL EPILEPTOLOGY: WHAT DO AND CAN CLINICIANS EXPECT FROM NEUROSCIENTISTS?                                                                                                                        

Chair:  Solomon L. Moshé (USA)

  • Speaker 1: Jerome Engel Jnr. (USA)
  • Speaker 2:  Giuliano Avanzini (Italy)​

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TEACHING SESSION - VIDEO:                                                                                                                           

FITS, FAINTS AND FUNNY TURNS: IMITATORS OF EPILEPSY                                                               

Co-Chairs: Walter van Emde Boas (The Netherlands), Çigdem Özkara (Turkey)

  • Speaker1 : Çigdem Özkara (Turkey)
  • Speaker 2: Walter van Emde Boas (The Netherlands)

 

09:00 - 11:00

PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM:
DOCTOR, IS MY EPILEPSY GENETIC AND WHAT CONSEQUENCES DOES IT HAVE?

Co-Chairs: Emilio Perucca (Italy), Athanasios Covanis (Greece)

  • How genetics are changing the epilepsy landscape - Sam Berkovic (Australia)
  • I’m confused - who do I test, when do I test, how do I test? And what do I tell the patient? - Iscia Lopes-Cendes (Brazil)
  • How genes affect response to treatment - Sanjay Sisodiya (UK)
  • The pros and cons of knowing the answer - Tracy Dixon-Salazar (USA)

 

11:00 - 11:30

  • Morning break

 

11:30 - 13:00

PARALLEL SESSSION:
PITFALLS IN THE LIFE CYCLE OF ANTIEPILEPTIC DRUGS

Co-chairs: Michael Privitera (United States), Heinz Beck (Germany)

  • Pitfalls of preclinical studies: A tale of networks and power - Heinz Beck (Germany)
  • Pitfalls of clinical studies: Seizure detection and study design - Michel Baulac (France)
  • Do the drugs behave as expected at the time of approval? - Martin J. Brodie (UK)
  • Pitfalls in off label use - Samuel Wiebe (Canada)

 

PARALLEL SESSION:
GLOBAL STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING STIGMA AND IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE

Co-chairs: Alla Guekht (Russian Federation), Mary Secco (Canada)

  • Stigma and quality of life in people with epilepsy: Global needs and perspective -​ Alla Guekht (Russian Federation)
  • Fighting stigma in Africa - Caroline Mbuba (Kenya)
  • How should physical activity and sports be prescribed to people with epilepsy? -​ Giuseppe Capovilla (Italy)
  • Reaching the top in rugby union with epilepsy - Tom Smith (France)

 

PARALLEL SESSION:
THE COMPLEXITIES OF EPILEPSY GENETICS

Co-chairs: Petia Dimova (Bulgaria), Dan Lowenstein (United States)

  • A new gene and so what? From gene to function - Holger Lerche (Germany)
  • How do different genetic elements interact? - David Henshall (Ireland)
  • Gene-environment interaction: Effect on the spectrum of epilepsy phenotypes - Mohamad Mikati (USA)
  • Is prevention of epilepsy possible? Lessons from genetic epilepsy models - TBC

 

PARALLEL SESSION:
EPILEPSY AND AUTISM: CO-OCCURRENCE AND POTENTIAL COMMONALITIES DURING BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Co-chairs: Jocic-Jakub Bosankai (Serbia), Nicola Specchio (Italy)

  • Autism and epilepsy – cause or consequence? - Roberto Tuchman (USA)
  • Brain development: Common mechanisms between autism and epilepsy spectrum -​ TBC
  • Genomic dissection makes links between some epilepsy syndromes and autism - Gaetan Lesca (France)
  • Does the co-occurrence influence therapeutic approaches? - Barıs Korkmaz (Turkey)

 

11:30 - 13:30

NEUROBIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM:
OPTOGENETICS TO CURE EPILEPSY: FACTS AND FEASIBILITY

Co-chairs: Merab Kokaia (Sweden), Nobukazu Nakasato (Japan)

  • Studying brain networks with optogenetics - Merab Kokaia (Sweden)
  • Neocortical seizure silencing - Robert Wykes (UK)
  • Close-loop flashing to stop seizures - Esther Krook-Magnuson (USA)
  • Functional dichotomy of fast-spiking interneurons in focal seizure generation - Giorgio​ Carmignoto (Italy)

 

13:00 - 14:30

  • Afternoon break and posters

 

14:30 - 15:00

Epilepsia Prize Award Symposium

Co-chairs:Astrid Nehlig (France), Gary Mathern (United States), Michael Sperling (United States)

  • IL-1β associations with posttraumatic epilepsy development: a genetics and biomarker cohort study - Matthew Diamond (United States)

 

15:00 - 16:00

  • Platform Sessions

 

16:00 - 16:30

  • Afternoon break

 

16:30 - 17:30

CLINICO-PATHOLOGLOGICAL CONFERENCE

ADULTS

Chair: Jacqueline French (USA)

Case presenter: Sanjay Sisodiya (UK)

Discussant 1: Eugen Trinka (Austria)
Discussant 2: Norman Delanty  (Ireland)
Pathology discussant: Ingmar Blumcke (Germany)

 

DEBATE:

PATIENTS WITHOUT SEIZURES FOR TWO YEARS MUST DISCONTINUE AEDS

Co-Chairs: Gregory Krauss (United States), Samuel Wiebe (Canada)

  • Pro: Ahmad Beydoun (Lebanon)
  • Con: Taoufik Alsaadi (U.A.E.)

 

VIDEO SESSION:                                                                                                                                     

ELECTRO-CLINICAL SYNDROMES IN DEVELOPMENT

Chair: Candan Gürses (Turkey)

  • Speaker 1: Athanasios Covanis (Greece) 
  • Speaker 2: Candan Gürses (Turkey)   

 

DEBATE:

IS THE WADA TEST STILL NEEDED FOR PRESURGICAL ASSESSMENT?

Co-Chairs: Christoph Helmstaedter (Germany), Jerome Engel (United States)

  • Pro: Marylin Jones-Gotman (Canada)
  • Con: Sallie Baxendale (UK)