SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME

The congress has been postponed to 2021. We will be announcing further information soon.

The scientific sessions form the main part of the congress. The programme covers topics that are highly relevant within the North American region and further afield and provide a flavour of the latest research in the field of epilepsy. Sessions will feature presentations from leaders in the discipline, including lectures by world-renowned experts.

The Scientific and Organising Committee has endeavoured to create an appealing and diverse programme from the numerous proposals submitted by ILAE and IBE Chapters and other experts.

Sessions cover the following topics:

  • Epilepsy: A personal and global perspective
  • Epileptic seizure prediction
  • The latest on the treatment of status epilepticus
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex: current state of knowledge and future prospective
  • The older adult with epilepsy
  • Withdrawing antiepileptic therapy – evidence and practice?
  • Novel mechanisms of epilepsy and intellectual disability
  • Epilepsy in North America: 15 years after the ILAE report
  • Critical appraisal of new investigative tools for epilepsy surgery
  • Metabolism-based treatments for epilepsy: current evidence and controversies
  • Ictal semiology
  • Women’s issues in epilepsy
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy failures
  • New approaches to integrated epilepsy care and research
  • Epilepsy connectomics: tracking disease severity, treatment outcomes and cognition
  • SUDEP – an update
  • Epilepsy surgery: when is it sufficient to go after a lesion

The Scientific and Organising Committee is working to create a programme that represents the best regional and global epileptology.

Click on the link below to view the overview of the programme schedule.

 

Please check back here for updates as the SOC develops the programme.

Epilepsy: A personal and global perspective 

Co-chairs: Solomon Moshe (USA) & tbc Co-chairs: é

  • How my life changed in 35 seconds – Mark McAllister (Canada)
  • Epidemiology and global burden of epilepsy – Nathalie Jetté (USA)
  • Improving epilepsy care and research – Samuel Wiebe (Canada)
  • Improving the social condition of people with epilepsy – Mary Secco (Canada)

 

Epilepsy in North America: 15 years after the ILAE report

Co-chairs: Amza Ali (Jamaica) & William Theodore (USA)   C

  • What we found in 2006 – William Theodore (USA)
  • The USA: epilepsy after the affordable care act and the IOM report – Sheryl Haut (USA)
  • Providing community support and education in Jamaica – Amza Ali (Jamaica)
  • Epilepsy care in Canada: a model for the future? – Samuel Wiebe (Canada)

Epileptic seizure prediction

Co-chairs: Dang Nguyen (Canada) & Brian Litt (USA)

  • Overview of seizure prediction algorithms over the last 30 years – Jean Gotman (Canada)
  • Seizure prediction in 2019: practical challenges of translating into clinical devices – Brian Litt (USA)
  • Technical considerations in modern seizure prediction approaches: electrode selection and feature engineering – Elie Bou Assi (Canada)

 

The Latest on the treatment of status epilepticus

Co-chairs: Teneille Gofton (Canada) & Jaideep Kapur (USA)

  • Basic sciences principles underlying the treatment of status epilepticus  – Teneille Gofton (Canada)
  • Treatment of non-convulsive and convulsive status epilepticus – Jaideep Kapur (USA)
  • Treatment of refractory and super refractory epilepticus – Cecil Hahn (USA)

 

Tuberous sclerosis complex: current state of knowledge and future perspectives

Co-chairs: Mary Connolly (Canada) & Philippe Major (USA)

  • Basic science about epilepsy in TSC using animal models – Peter Crino (USA)
  • Medical management of TSC – Elizabeth Thiele (USA)
  • Surgical management of TSC – George Ibrahim (Canada)

 

The older adult with epilepsy

Co-chairs: Mark Keezer (Canada) & Colin Josephson (Canada)

  • Painting the clinical picture of the older adult with epilepsy – Colin Josephson (Canada)
  • Advances in the medical management of the older adult with epilepsy – Mark Keezer (Canada)
  • Advances in the surgical management of the older adult with epilepsy – Laura Jehi (USA)

 

Withdrawing antiepileptic therapy – evidence and practice?

Co-chairs: Martin Brodie (Scotland) & Roxanne Melborne Chambers (Jamaica)

  • Withdrawal of AED after successful medical therapy – Martin Brodie (Scotland)
  • Withdrawal of antiepileptic therapy- challenges in resource poor settings – Roxanne Melborne Chambers (Jamaica)
  • Withdrawal of AED after epilepsy surgery – Jose Tellez-Zenteno (Canada)

 

Novel mechanisms of epilepsy and intellectual disability

Co-chairs: Aylin Reid (Canada) & Danielle Andrade (Canada)

  • Blood-brain barrier dysfunction in epilepsy – Alon Friedman (Canada)
  • Genes in epilepsy and intellectual disability – an update – Danielle Andrade (Canada)
  • Effects of Syngap1 haploinsuffiency on progressive epilepsy and behavioural-state homeostasis investigated using qEEG – Shilpa D.Kadam (USA)

 

Critical appraisal of investigative imaging tools for epilepsy surgery

Co-chairs: William Gaillard (USA) & Elysa Widjaja (Canada)

  • EEG-fMRI – Paolo Federico (Canada)
  • MRI Quantitative post processing techniques – Andrea Bernasconi (Canada)
  • Tractography – Eishi Asano (USA)

 

Metabolism- and diet-based treatments for epilepsy: current evidence and controversies

Co-chairs: Jong Rho (USA) & Morris Scantlebury (Canada) 

  • Comparative efficacy of diets vs. newer drugs for epilepsy – J.Helen Cross (UK)
  • Early challenges of implementing the ketogenic diet in the Caribbean – Beverly Anthony (Jamaica)
  • Alterations in gut microbiota – Jong Rho (USA)
  • Anti-epileptogenesis: The role of metabolism and epigenetics – Detlev Boison (USA)

 

Women’s issues in epilepsy

Co-chairs: Page Pennell (USA) and Esther Bui (Canada)

  • North American pregnancy registry – Update – Page Pennell (USA)
  • Fertility issues in women with epilepsy – Elizabeth Gerard (USA)
  • Evidence-based care for women with epilepsy – Esther Bui (Canada)

 

Epilepsy surgery: when is it sufficient to go after a lesion

Co-chairs: Taylor Abel (USA) David Steven (Canada) 

  • Hippocampal sclerosis – Dwaine Cooke (Jamaica)
  • Cortical dysplasia – Taylor Abel (USA)
  • Heterotopic nodule(s) – Francois Dubeau (Canada)

 

New approaches to integrated epilepsy care and research

Co-chairs: Christos Lisgaras (USA) & Samuel Wiebe (Canada)

  • Novel wearables and technologies for epilepsy care – Dang Ngyuen (Canada)
  • E-learning health systems to improve clinical care – Zacchary Grinspan (USA)
  • EpLink – an integrated interdisciplinary research program aimed at improving epilepsy care – W. MacIntyre Burnham (Canada), Mary Pat McAndrews (Canada) and Sharon Whiting (Canada)

 

Epilepsy connectomics: tracking disease severity, treatment outcomes and cognition

Co-chairs: Boris Bernhardt (Canada) & Lorenzo Caciagli (USA)

  • From local to global: how epileptogenic lesions modulate macroscale network organization – Mary Pat McAndrews (Canada)
  • Network imaging biomarkers of secondary generalisation and surgical outcome – Xiaosong Xe (USA)
  • Dynamic cognitive fMRI and multi-scale connectome profiling: tracking cognitive dysfunction across epilepsies – Lorenzo Caciagli (USA)

 

Hot topics session (ILAE YES session)

Co-chairs: Taylor Abel (USA) & Kristen Ikeda – (Canada) 

  • Autoimmunity and seizures – latest updates – Anusha Yeshokuma (USA)
  • Neuropsychology and epilepsy – what every clinician treating epilepsy should know in 2020 – Klajdi Puka (Canada)
  • Cannabis and epilepsy – the good, the bad and the ugly – J.Helen Cross (UK)

 

SUDEP – an update

Co-chairs: Rajesh RamachandranNair (Canada) & Judy Tapper (Jamaica) 

  • Accelerating progress in SUDEP education – Gardiner Lapham (USA)
  • SUDEP clinical perspective – Elizabeth J.Donner (Canada)
  • Neuroimaging biomarkers for sudden death in epilepsy – Samden Lhatoo (USA)
  • Genetic predictors of SUDEP risk – Kenneth Myers (Canada)

 

Temporal lobe epilepsy failures

Co-chairs: Yahya Aghakhani (Canada)  & Taufik Valiante (Canada) 

  • Insufficient resection of the epileptogenic zone in temporal lobe epilepsy –  Taufik Valiante (Canada)
  • Redos of temporal lobe epilepsy surgical failures – Chima Oluigbo (USA)
  • Extratemporal foci mimicking temporal lobe epilepsy – Dang Nguyen (Canada)