Events & News

Events & News

All year long, the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group promotes epilepsy education for patients, their caregivers, medical treatment staff, and the general public. Team Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group participates in several epilepsy walks and many different fundraising activities that directly benefit the national or local epilepsy foundations and advocacy societies. Check out our upcoming schedule and you may find an activity that interests you.

Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Conference

Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Conference

Saturday October 3, 2015
Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Conference

Time: 9AM-4PM
Cost: free

Sheraton Mahwah Hotel
1 International Blvd
Mahwah, NJ  07495

Audience: patients, caretakers and professionals who work with them

Breakfast and lunch included

Simultaneous all-day conferences on adult and childhood epilepsy and psychogenic non epileptic seizures taught by epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, social workers, registered dieticians, and nurses who specialize in epilepsy and seizures. 

Our partners: EFNJ, LGS Foundation, Capabilities Partnership, Inc./Epilepsy Society of Southern NY, Epilepsy Free


8-9 AM: Breakfast and Registration


Session 1and 2
Program introduction

How is epilepsy diagnosed: Recognizing types of seizures and imitators of epilepsy–Christos Lambrakis, MD

Session 1 and 2
Epilepsy emergencies and how to prevent them- Marcelo Lancman, MD

10:45-11:00 BREAK

Treatment of epilepsy-Medical, Diets and surgical –Jeffrey Politsky, MD

Alternative treatment of epilepsy and the role of medical marijuana –Philippe Douyon, MD 

12:30-1:30  LUNCH

Session 1 - Pediatric epilepsy issues

1:30-2 Frequently asked questions in pediatric epilepsy- Lorraine Lazar, MD, PhD

2-2:30 Do children with epilepsy have cognitive problems and how to ensure success in school-Robert Trobliger, PhD

2:30-3 Pediatric epilepsy surgery, Arno Fried, MD

3-3:30 Research and advances in epilepsy-Juliann Paolicchi, MD

3:30-4 Planning of transition to adulthood in epilepsy- Adrienne Arkontaky, attorney

Session 2 - Adult epilepsy issues

1:30-2 Frequently asked questions in adult epilepsy, Julie Tsao, MD

2-2:30 Research and advances in epilepsy- Evan Fertig, MD

2:30-3 Memory and concentration problems in epilepsy – Robert Trobliger, PhD

3-3:30 Depression and anxiety in epilepsy- Gaston Baslet, MD

3:30-4 Adult epilepsy surgery- Arno Fried, MD


9-9:15 Welcome and Program Introduction –Lorna Myers, Ph.D.

9:15-10 Introduction to Psychogenic non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) –Lorna Myers, Ph.D.

10-10:45 How are psychogenic seizures diagnosed- Christos Lambrakis, M.D.

10:45-11 BREAK

11-11:45 Treatments for PNES: evidence-based and new frontiers–Gaston Baslet, M.D.

11:45-12:30 Trauma and PNES: Treating PTSD with exposure therapy-Lorna Myers, Ph.D.

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-2:15 A growing PNES movement-we have invited PNES advocates and community members John Dougherty (Author of Lowering the Shield), Amber Cooper (Founder of PNES Awareness), Michael Hipp (Founder of, Nadine Boesten (PNES advocate from the Netherlands), Eric L. Nelson (PNES advocate), Millie Nelson (PNES caretaker) and Lee Paolella (PNES advocate).

2:15-2:30 BREAK

2:30-3:15 Maintaining your quality of life while living with PNES-Lorna Myers, Ph.D.

3:15-4 Caring for the Caretaker and local available resources-Urmi Vaidya, LCSW

4-5 Informal round table gathering for audience members who wish to stay behind and continue networking

Events that were highlighted in the past

Glow Walk and Run
Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group conference on Epilepsy and Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
The 2018 Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF) Biennial Family & Professional Conference
2018 Take a Walk in Our Genes
Annual Hudson Valley Stroll for Epilepsy
12th National Epilepsy Walk in Washington, DC
International Epilepsy Day
71st Annual American Epilepsy Society
Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Symposium
Glow Walk and Run
Braddock Park, North Bergen
Webinar: Supporting students with seizures in school
Brain Health Initiative 2017
Webinar: Treating PNES and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using prolonged exposure therapy
5-Borough Bike Tour
Epilepsy Town Hall: Treatment Options for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy
Webinar session on Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures - Dr. Lorna Myers
International Epilepsy Day
5-Borough Bike Tour
American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting