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Merritt-Putnam Symposium | The Neurobiology of Memory in Epilepsy

This symposium focuses on the neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and epigenetic substrates of distinct types of memory function. Memory deficits are a common comorbidity in epilepsy, and patients undergoing brain resection for control of pharmacoresistant focal seizures may experience postoperative memory decline. This session will provide the learner with an overview of current knowledge of memory structure and function, an understanding of functional reorganization of memory circuits in epilepsy, and predictors of memory outcomes after surgery.

Learning Objectives

Following participation in this activity, learners will be able to:
  • Examine and comprehend the neuroanatomy of memory circuits in the brain
  • Identify how memory circuits are reorganized after epilepsy surgery
  • Discover how specific anatomical lesions or interventions affect different types of memory function
Award Presentations: J. Kiffin Penry Award of Excellence in Epilepsy Care, AES Founders Award


Chair: Catherine Schevon, MD, PhD
Introduction: Catherine Schevon, MD, PhD
Linking the Sleeping Cortex to the Waking Hippocampus for Memory Consolidation: Eric Halgren, PhD
Assessing Memory with Functional MRI: John S. Duncan, MD, FRCP, FMedSci
The Epigenetics Basis of Memory Formation and Its Disorders: Farah D. Lubin, PhD
Neural Substrates of Memory: Insights from Lesion Analysis in Epilepsy: Daniel L. Drane, PhD
Memory and the Mesial Temporal Lobe in the Real World: John M. Stern, MD
Panel Discussion: All faculty

Target Audience

Neurosurgeon, Neuropsychology/Behavioral Health, Nurses, Clinical Trainee Student/Fellow Basic Science Trainee, Allied Health Professionals/Advance Practice Providers, Adult Neurologists/Clinician (MD/DO), Pediatric Neurologists/Clinician (MD/DO), Basic Science/Scientists. Public Health/Epidemiology/Policy

Program Purpose

Knowledge, competence, performance

Career Stage

Early, mid-career, established