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CLAE Scientific Meeting Speaker Presentations

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Friday, October 14, 2016 
Presentation  Speakers

CEA and CLAE Session: AED Drug Shortages - Patient Impact, Collaborative Strategy and the Way Forward

 Ms. Deirdre Floyd (CEA), Dr. Nathalie Jetté (CLAE, University of Calgary), Dr. Suzanne Nurse (CEA) and Dr. Carter Snead (CLAE, University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children)

Plenary Session: Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures - from Etiology to Treatment

 Dr. Markus Reuber, University of Sheffield
Saturday, October 15, 2016 

Plenary Session: Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Management of Non-Epileptic Events


 Chair: Dr. José Tellez-Zenteno, University of Saskatchewan
TopicsSpeakers
Epidemiological Aspects of Patients with Non-Epileptic Events

Dr. José Tellez-Zenteno, University of Saskatchewan
A Perspective of Diagnosis and Management of Adult Patients with Non-Epileptic Events

Dr. Markus Reuber, University of Sheffield
A Perspective of Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Patients with Non-Epileptic Events

Dr. Mary Connolly, University of British Columbia
What is the Best Treatment for Patients with PNES?

Dr. Thomas Snyder, University of Alberta

Session 1: Is Marijuana Useful for the Treatment of Epilepsy in Adults?

Chair: Richard McLachlan, Western University
TopicsSpeakers
History of Marijuana and Seizures

Richard McLachlan, Western University
Physiology and Pharmacology of Cannabis

Dr. Mac Burnham, University of Toronto
Case for Medical Marijuana in Epilepsy

Dr. José Tellez-Zenteno, University of Saskatchewan
Case Against Medical Marijuana in Epilepsy

Dr. Mark Sadler, Dalhousie University

Session 2: Bad Seizures but Non-Diagnostic MRI – What To Do?

Chair: Dr. Andrea Bernasconi, McGill University
TopicsSpeakers
Advanced Structural MRI: Converting Negative to Positive MRI

Dr. Neda Ladbon-Bernasconi, McGill University
Non-Structural Evidence of Seizure Focus: The Role of Functional Imaging

Dr. Paolo Federico, University of Calgary
The Importance of Assessing White Matter Integrity: The Role of Diffusion Imaging

Dr. Donald Gross, University of Alberta
Linking Histology to in Vivo MRI

Dr. Ali Khan, Western University

Top Trainee Abstract Presentations

Chair: Dr. Paolo Federico, University of Calgary
TopicsSpeakers

Gradual Alterations of Structural-Functional Brain Networks in the Spectrum of Cortical Malformations

Dr. Seok-Jun Hong, McGill University

Structure-Function Analysis along Hippocampal Subfield Surfaces in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Dr. Boris Bernhardt, Montreal Neurological Institute
Population-Based Registry of SUDEP in Children

Robyn Whitney, University of Toronto
Heart Rate Variability in Patients with Sodium Channel Mutations Who Suffer SUDEP

Kenneth Myers, University of Melbourne
Session 3: Statistics CourseChairs: Dr. Colin Josephson, University of Calgary and Dr. Boris Bernhardt, McGill University
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Dr. Boris Bernhardt, McGill University
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Dr. Colin Josephson, University of Calgary
Statistical Analysis for Neuroimaging Data

Dr. Seok-Jun Hong, McGill University
Big Data Analysis and Machine Learning

Dr. Jordan Engbers, University of Calgary

Session 4: Post-Traumatic Seizures and Epilepsy

Chairs: Dr. Aylin Reid, University of Toronto
TopicsSpeakers
Post-Traumatic Seizures and Epilepsy in the Developing Brain

Dr. Michael Esser, University of Calgary
Clinical Management of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy

Dr. Jorge Burneo, Western University
Surgical Management of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy

Dr. David Steven, Western University
Experimental Models of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy

Dr. Aylin Reid, University of Toronto
Session 5: Cognition in Epilepsy: New Insights

Chairs: Dr. Marilyn Jones-Gotman, McGill University and Dr. Mary Pat McAndrews, University of Toronto

 Topics Speakers
Cognition in New Onset Epilepsy (in Adults and Children)

Dr. Antonina Omisade, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Dr. Nicole Taylor, University of Manitoba

Effects of Long-Term Epilepsy and of Temporal-Lobe Resection on Cognitive Aging

Dr. Marilyn Jones-Gotman, McGill University
Accelerated Long Term Forgetting (in Adults and Children)

Dr. Mary Pat McAndrews, University of Toronto and Dr. Mary Lou Smith, University of Toronto
Social Cognition: An Under-Assessed Area in Epilepsy

Dr. Melanie Cohn, University of Toronto
Cognitive Remediation and Short-Term Outcomes in Children

Dr. Elizabeth Kerr, University of Toronto

Session 6: Looking Inside the Brain: from Intracerebral EEG to Non-Invasive Methods

Chairs: Dr. François Dubeau, McGill University
TopicsSpeakers 
The Normal Intracerebral EEG in Different Brain Regions

Dr. Birgit Frauscher, Queen’s University
Analyzing and Interpreting the Seizure Onset in Intracerebral EEG

Dr. Philippe Kahane, University of Grenoble
When Can Interictal Activity Be a Sufficient Marker of the Epileptogenic Zone

Dr. Richard Wennberg, University of Toronto
New Intracranial EEG Markers: HFOs, Very Slow Activity

Dr. Jean Gotman, McGill University
Can EEG-fMRI Tell us What the Intracerebral EEG will Find?

Dr. Hui Ming Khoo, McGill University
Sunday, October 16,2016 

Plenary Session: Challenging Surgical and Seizure Semiology Cases

Chairs: Dr. David Steven, Western University and Dr. Mark Sadler, Dalhousie University
TopicsSpeakers 
Case 1

Dr. Alain Bouthillier, Université de Montréal
Case 2

Dr. Walter Hader, University of Calgary
Plenary Session: SUDEP
Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Donner, University of Toronto
TopicsSpeakers 
Case Presentations

Invited trainees
What are the Genetic Risk Factors for SUDEP?

Dr. Danielle Andrade, University of Toronto
Do Brainstem Seizures Contribute to Mortality in Epilepsy?

Dr. Peter Carlen, University of Toronto

Postictal Generalized EEG Suppression and Cerebral Shutdown – A Potential Biomarker for SUDEP?

Part 1, Part 2Part 3

Dr. Elizabeth Donner, University of Toronto
Session 7: Genetics for the Epileptologist
Chair: Dr. Danielle Andrade, University of Toronto and Dr. Patrick Cossette, Université de Montréal
TopicsSpeakers
What the Epileptologist Needs to Know About Genetics

Dr. Danielle Andrade, University of Toronto
Advances in Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsies

Dr. Patrick Cossette, Université de Montréal
The Future is Here: Genetic Therapy for Epilepsy

Dr. Berge Minassian, University of Toronto
How Brain Somatic Mutations Lead to Epilepsy

Dr. Cyrus Boelman, University of British Columbia

Session 8: Why do Seizures Start and Stop?

Chair: Dr. Peter Carlen, University of Toronto
TopicsSpeakers 

Intra and Extracranial EEG Dynamics in Relationship to Seizure States and Strategies for Modulating Seizure Activities

Dr. Berj Bardakjian, University of Toronto
Neuronal and Ionic Dynamics in Relation to Seizure Onset and Termination

Dr. Igor Timofeev, Université Laval
Local Neuronal Network Involvement in Seizure Onsets and Offsets

Dr. Massimo Avoli, McGill University
Presynaptic Mechanisms Determining Seizure Onset and Offset

Dr. Peter Carlen, University of Toronto
Metabolic and Glia Changes in Relationship to Seizure Phases

Dr. Paolo Bazzigaluppi, Toronto Western Hospital





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