Annual Course


Education Credit

6.0 CME

Nurses may claim up to 6.0 contact hours for this session.

University of Minnesota approves this knowledge-based activity for 6.0 contact hours (0.6 CEUs). UAN JA0000810-9999-19-082-L01-P. Initial Release Date: 12/8/19.

Annual Course: Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsy as a Network Disorder

Convention Center, Ballroom III
8:45 AM-5:15 PM
Behavioral Health Providers

The Annual Course will tackle the state-of-the-art knowledge and thought processes related to the growing appreciation of epilepsy as a disorder of brain networks. Through a series of case presentations, didactic lectures, and debates, thought leaders will discuss diagnostic methods and management strategies that address epilepsy and its co-morbidities.

Learning Objectives

Following participation in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the diagnostic techniques used to measure the extent of epileptic networks
  • Discuss the therapeutic implications on medical, surgical, and neuromodulatory treatments of epilepsy and its comorbidities
  • Apply state of the art imaging, neurphsyciological, and clinical tools in the study of epileptic networks



Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsy as a Network Disorder
Chair: Lara Jehi, MD


8:45 AM: Introduction, Lara Jehi, MD
Defining the Anatomy of a Network in Epilepsy (Moderator: Lara Jehi, MD)
8:50 AM: Case: Child with Hypothalamic Hamartoma, Alison May, MD
8:55 AM: Lecture: The Role of Semiology in Developing a Hypothesis for Epileptogenic Zone Localization, Aileen McGonigal, MBChB, PhD, MRCP
9:15 AM: Lecture: Novel Imaging of the Epileptic Brain, Lawrence Ver Hoef, MD
9:35 AM: Debate: Understanding the Epileptic Network is Critical to Plan Resective Epilepsy Surgery vs. Surgery in its Essence is Resection of a Focus, Dario J. Englot, MD, PhD vs. Howard L. Weiner, MD

10:05 AM: Break

Defining the Neuropsysiology of a Network in Epilepsy (Moderator: Tracy Milligan, MD)
10:20 AM: Case: Adult Patient with Non-lesional Frontal Lobe Epilepsy, Heather R. Mckee, MD
10:25 AM: Lecture: Genetics of Networks from Focal to Generalized Epilepsy, Danielle M. Andrade, MD, MSc
10:45 AM: Lecture: Cortico-cortical Evoked Potentials, Dileep Nair, MD
11:05 AM: Lecture: Modulating a Network (RNS vs. DBS), Danielle Becker, MD, MS
11:25 AM: Debate: Invasive EEG is Always Pre-requisite for Planning Responsive Neurostimulation Implantation vs. Not Every RNS Needs to Follow an Invasive EEG, Christopher T. Skidmore, MD; vs. Gregory A. Worrell, MD, PhD

11:55 AM - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break

Networks and Co-morbidities in Epilepsy (Moderator: Lara Jehi, MD)
2:00 PM: Debate: Traditional Neuropsychological Testing Adequately Assesses Network Disruptions Underlying Neurobehavioral Comorbidities vs New Assessment Methods are Needed for Clinical Efficiency and Better Network Understanding, Bruce P. Hermann, PhD vs. Robyn M. Busch, PhD
2:30 PM: Lecutre: The Role of Interictal Activity on Memory Dysfunction, Barbara C. Jobst, MD, PhD
2:50 PM: Lecutre: Sleep and Epilepsy: Interplay of a Network, Nigel P. Pedersen, MD
3:10 PM: Lecture: Harnessing Networks and Machine Learning in Neuropsychiatric Care, Brian Litt, MD


Beyond seizures (Moderator: Lara Jehi, MD)
3:45 PM: Lecture: The Nuances of a Network in Pediatric Epilepsy, Kelly G. Knupp, MD
4:05 PM: Lecture: The "Social" Epilepsy Network, Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN
4:25 PM: Lecture: From Micro-networks to Macro-networks, Catherine Schevon, MD
4:45 PM: Lecture: Artificial Intelligence vs. MD: Fact, Fiction, and the Future of Decision-Making, Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA
5:10 PM: Course Wrap-up, Lara Jehi, MD