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Ask The Expert On Demand Webinar: Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup: Practical Tips on Genetic Testing in Pediatric and Adult Patients with Epilepsy

Recorded: November 16, 2023
Released: November 22, 2023
Expires: November 22, 2026

About This Webinar

The number of epilepsy-associated gene mutations has doubled over the last six years and will likely continue to grow. Despite this growing evidence and the fact that genetic mutations can have a significant impact on the treatment and outcome of epilepsy syndromes, genetic testing is underutilized within the epilepsy community.

This webinar helps learners establish familiarity with testing modalities, identify patients who would benefit from genetic testing, determine what types of genetic changes can help to explain epilepsy syndromes, and choose the appropriate type of genetic testing for patients with suspected genetic epilepsy to improve epilepsy patient care and outcomes.

Annapurna (Ann) Poduri, MD, MPH

Wolfgang Muhlhofer, MD, MSHS, FAES

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, attendees should be able to:

  1. Identify which patients with epilepsy might benefit from genetic testing
  2. Determine what types of genetic changes can potentially explain specific epilepsy syndromes
  3. Choose the appropriate type of genetic testing for individuals with suspected genetic epilepsy

Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All individuals involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest will be resolved by AES prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners.

Planning Committee, Faculty, Reviewers' Disclosures of Financial Relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the AES requires that any person who is in a position to control content of a CME activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships that they have with an ineligible company. Unless otherwise indicated (*), none of the planners or faculty of this activity have any financial relationships to disclose. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies have been mitigated. The following individuals contributed to this activity’s content. Update for all courses this year.

Planning Committee and Faculty
David Ficker, MD - Greenwich Pharmaceutical - Consultant; Best Doctors - Consultant; Verana Health - Consultant
Tyler Gaston, MD - Greenwich Biosciences, Inc. - Consultant
Soundarya N. Gowda, MD
Nicole Hartmann, DO, MBS
Elaine Kiriakopoulos, MD, MSc
Liu Lynn, MD
Wolfgang Muhlhofer, MD
Madona Plueger, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNRN, FAES
Dragos Sabau, MD, FAES, FACNS
Jaysingh Singh, MD
Chengyuan Wu, MD, MSBm - Abbott Laboratories - Consultant, Boston Scientific Corporation - Consultant, Medtronic - Consultant, Neuropace, Inc - Consultant
Annapurna (Ann) Poduri, MD, MPH
Wolfgang Muhlhofer, MD, MSHS, FAES

CME Reviewer
Shahram Izadyar, MD, FAES

American Epilepsy Society Staff Planners
Cristina Graham
Melissa Ball, CAE, PMP

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
It is the policy of the American Epilepsy Society to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the AES implemented the mechanisms of prospective peer review of this CME activity, to identify and resolve any conflicts. Additionally, the content of this activity is based on the best available evidence.

The American Epilepsy Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Credit Designation
The American Epilepsy Society designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Certificate
To receive credit for your participation in this activity, please complete the evaluation survey provided at the conclusion of the activity.

Unapproved Use Disclosure
The American Epilepsy Society requires CME authors to disclose to learners when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information. Information about pharmaceutical agents/devices that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling may be contained in this activity.

This CME activity is for educational purposes only and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the American Epilepsy Society. Reasonable efforts have been taken to present educational subject matter in a balanced, unbiased fashion, and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each activity participant must always use his or her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label, investigational and/or experimental uses.