Living with Epilepsy Conference

Sat October 12, 2019 Columbus, OH US 43205 Directions
Nationwide Children's Hospital - Stecker Auditorium
555 S 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH US 43205

People living with epilepsy, their caregivers and friends, along with professionals in the field of neurology are encouraged to attend this all day seminar focusing on the latest treatments and trends in epilepsy. A variety of sessions will be offered by leading professionals in the field, this conference you don't want to miss!

The conference will take place at Nationwide Children's Hospital in the Stecker Auditorium located at 555 S 18th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205. Parking is available in the orange garage.

Registration is $10 for the conference only or $40 for the conference and CEU's. The conference includes seminars, continental breakfast, and lunch. If you are unable to pay the registration fee, please call 614-725-1031. Online registration ends 10/10/2019. If you would like to register after online registration ends, please contact Karen Brown at 614-725-1031. Registration will be available at the door as space allows. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions or if you have any special needs (interpreter services). Please note that registration ends October 10, 2019. However registration is available at the door as space allows.

Looking for Continuing Education Opportunities?

Social Workers - Ohio Social Work Board Approved for 5.5 clock hours. Approval # RCSO31702

Nurses - Any continuing education activity that has been approved by other licensing boards will be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing for all nurses in the State of Ohio. You may use this continuing education to meet your licensure requirements.

Electroneurodianostic Technologists - 5.5 ASET CEU's applied for Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists.

ASET - The Neurodiagnostic Society has granted ASET Continuing Education Units [ASET-CEU's] for this program (upon completion of the full conference). Such crediting, however, should not be construed by program participants as an endorsement of any type of instruments or supplies mentioned or involved in these presentations.


8:00 AM - 8:40 AM Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:40 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome and Remarks
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Epilepsy Alliance Ohio
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM General Session: "Living a Good Life, Living with Epilepsy"
  • Dr. Monica Islam, MD; Nationwide Children's Hospital. This presentation will examine measures of quality of life in epilepsy. Several patients and families will be invited to share their experiences.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
  • "Non Epileptic Seizures" Amanda Cramer, CNP; OhioHealth - Discussion of psychogenic nonepileptic spells, including view of diagnosis, causes, treatment and outcomes.
  • "Anatomy of Epilepsy" Girish Hiremath, MD, FAANS; OhioHealth - This presentation will look at various forms of seizures and their relation to brain anatomy.
  • "Working with the School: Psychological Evaluation and Special Education Services for Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy" Mary Wojnaroski, PhD; Nationwide Children's Hospital - This presentation will discuss psychological evaluations, special education law, possible special education services, and working with the school to access needed services.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Concurrent Sessions (choose one)
  • "Epilepsy and Surgery" Adam Ostendorf, MD; Nationwide Children's Hospital - This presentation will provide an overview of the various types of surgery available for those with epilepsy and the process that people go through to determine if they are candidates for surgery.
  • "Is Lack of Sleep Connected to Epilepsy Control?" Jaysingh Singh, MD; The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - In this presentation we will discuss how sleep is connected to epilepsy control. We will explore the different stages of sleep and therapeutic intervention connecting epilepsy and sleep.
  • "Seizure First Aid: Understanding Acute Seizure Care" Stephanie Ahrens, DO; Nationwide Children's Hospital - This presentation will define seizures and status epilepticus, when do we intervene with seizure medication and explore barriers to seizure care for families in and out of the hospital setting.
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Exhibits and Luncheon
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM General Session: "Cultivating Resiliency: The Positive Advantage"
  • Brandon Kozar, PsyD, MBA; Nationwide Children's Hospital. In this presentation, we will address the common myth between the relationship of happiness and success. Using recent research findings, we will learn how desired personal and professional outcomes are improved through cultivating a positive primed brain state. Finally, we will learn activities that have been proven to facilitate such a state and foster resiliency.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM General Session: "Questions I Forgot to Ask" Panel
  • Dr. Sheri Cotterman Hart, MD, PhD; Mt. Carmel Neurology
  • James Herbst, Pharm, D; Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Debbie Terry, CPNP-PC; Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Karen J. Brown, LSW; Epilepsy Alliance Ohio
  • The Panel will provide views and advice on concerns expressed by audience members
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Conclusion, Evaluations & Door Prizes







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