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Scientific Symposium | Losing Sleep Over Seizures: Does Sleep Matter?

This educational symposium will discuss the impact of sleep on seizures and epilepsy. The goal is to provide a brief overview of how sleep pathology impacts epilepsy and care of patients with epilepsy and the current state of the art of basic science research into sleep and epilepsy. The topics will include an overview of sleep and its underlying mechanism as well as talks on sleep and memory, SUDEP, and rodent models. This will update knowledge for basic scientists as well as highlight the need for adequate sleep in the clinical care of epilepsy patients.

Learning Objectives

Following participation in this activity, learners will be able to:
  • Recognize the impact of sleep on learning and memory
  • Describe how sleep state influences the risk of SUDEP
  • Compare different models of sleep and epilepsy
  • Review which molecular mechanisms regulate sleep


Co-chairs: Kevin E. Chapman, MD, and Alica M. Goldman, MD, PhD
Overview of the Physiology of Sleep: Milena K. Pavlova, MD
Molecular Mechanisms of Sleep: Jonathan Lipton, MD, PhD
Sleep and Memory: Rama Maganti, MD
Sleep and SUDEP: Gordon F. Buchanan, MD, PhD
Sleep and Epilepsy: Strange Bedfellows No More: Erik K. St. Louis, MD
Blurring the Lines: Misregulated Sleep and Arousal States in a Rodent Model of Epilepsy: Laura Ewell, PhD

Target Audience

Pediatric neurologists/clinicians, (MD/DO), clinical trainee students/fellows, basic science/scientists, adult neurologists/clinicians (MD/DO), allied health professionals/advance practice providers, basic science trainee

Program Purpose

Knowledge, competence

Career Stage

Early, mid-career, established