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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