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Hot Topics Symposium 2014: Epilepsy Updates

Recorded December 2014


The Hot Topics symposium presents information about newly developed approaches to epilepsy diagnosis and management. Faculty discuss how MRI can be used to facilitate understanding the pathophysiology of epilepsy and interictal functional disturbances through study of the default mode network. In addition, new MRI analyses evaluate disease progression with important implications for both diagnosis and treatment. How generic drug use impacts seizure control is discussed, presenting data from a new study. Lastly, a new less invasive surgical treatment for epilepsy, thermal ablation, is discussed. This potpourri of topics covers the most recent advances in epilepsy, and should be valuable to both clinicians and basic scientists.

Learning Objective

  • Recognize when to use generic anticonvulsant drugs when appropriate, based on the potential impact on treatment efficacy and tolerability and assists patients in understanding the pros and cons of utilizing generic medications
  • Utilizing current understanding of the pathophysiology of epilepsy, including progression of disease, learner utilizes new diagnostic and treatment approaches
  • Educate patients on how new diagnostic and treatment approaches can be used to manage refractory epilepsy.
Target Audience

Co-Chairs: R. Edward Hogan, M.D. and Michael R. Sperling, M.D.
Michael R. Sperling, M.D.

The Default Mode and Networks in Epilepsy
Jean Gotman, Ph.D.

Progression of Disease in Epilepsy
Andrea Bernasconi, M.D.

Generic Drug Update
Michael D. Privitera, M.D.

Thermal Ablation
Robert Gross, M.D., Ph.D.

R. Edward Hogan, M.D.

ABPN Core Competencies
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed the Hot Topics Symposium and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.
Core Competency: Medical Knowledge