Special Interest Groups


Education Credit

1.5 CME

Nurses may claim up to 1.5 contact hours for this session.

University of Minnesota approves this knowledge-based activity for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs). UAN JA0000810-9999-19-082-L01-P. Initial Release Date: 12/7/19.

SIG: Children's Hour: Big Debates Over Small Matters in Pediatric Epilepsy

Convention Center, Rooms 337-338
7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Behavioral Health Providers

This SIG will be in the form of a debate covering two topics that come up repeatedly in the pediatric epilepsy clinic. We shall have 2 speakers talk about the data for and against each of these topics for 12-13 minutes each. The first topic is on the role of sports in epilepsy – should Johnny be allowed to play sports if he has epilepsy? (Are there safe sports and for which epilepsy types?). The second debate will be about the role of sleep deprivation (which a lot of our adolescent population is facing) and seizures – all parents seem to be obsessed about sleep and its effects on triggering seizures discussing the real evidence for the same. We shall discuss the role of sleep in abnormal brains in causing seizures, and existing data and also the role of sleep deprivation in normal brains (like JME) in causing seizures. What is the data?

Coordinators: Charuta Joshi, MBBS and Renzo Guerrini, MD

Speakers: Elaine C Wirrell, MD; Katherine Nickels, MD; Zachary Grinspan, MD; and Anup Patel, MD