ECHO Epilepsy Learning Days 2024 – Epilepsy in Children & Youth (OTTAWA)

Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre | Chaudiere Room | 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa ON

*The event is free with meals included.
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Epilepsy Learning Day Ottawa

About the Event

Our interdisciplinary epilepsy education event brings together epilepsy specialists and community health providers, fostering connections and knowledge exchange. The event consists of interactive learning with case-based sessions and didactic presentations.

All healthcare providers and students are welcome – content will be most valuable for family physicians, community neurologists and rural/remote healthcare providers.

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INTRODUCING: A Dinner Panel Discussion

Breaking Barriers: Diverse Dialogues on Epilepsy

February 29th, 2024 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

The 90-minute panel will include stories shared by persons with lived experience of drug resistant epilepsy and healthcare providers, along with dedicated time to network with colleagues.

Location:

The panel discussion is preceded by a lovely sit-down dinner in the Chaudiere Room at the Delta Hotels by Marriott, Ottawa City Centre.

Agenda – Dinner:

5:30 p.m. Registration and Welcome
6:00 p.m. Dinner is Served
6:40 p.m. Panelist Introductions
6:45 p.m. Panel Discussion:
Stories & Experiences
7:30 p.m. Q & A
7:50 p.m. Summary and key takeaways
7:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
Delta Hotels, Marriott Ottawa City Centre

Agenda & Topics

Agenda – Child & Youth Epilepsy (Mar. 1):

8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:10 a.m. Keynote:
Health Inequities and Epilepsy
10:10 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. Epilepsy in Newborns & Infants
11:10 a.m. Case-based learning #1:
Epilepsy in Newborns & Infants
12:10 p.m. Lunch
1:10 p.m. Diagnosing and Treating
Paediatric Drug Resistant Epilepsy
1:55 p.m. Case-based learning #2:
Diagnosing and Treating
Paediatric Drug Resistant Epilepsy
3:10 p.m. Jeopardy (Epilepsy)
3:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
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Speakers & Panelists

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Panelist Name (Feb. 29 – Dinner Event):

Dr. Katherine Muir

Paediatric Neurologist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Dr. Maike-Svenja Milkereit

Family Physician, ByWard Family Health Team

Nikki Porter

Community Epilepsy Agency Executive Director, Epilepsy Ottawa

Joanna Hearn

Person with lived experience/life after surgery

Sandi Reggler

Caregiver of person with Drug Resistant Epilepsy (DRE) and mother of child who had epilepsy surgery; Educator, Epilpesy Ottawa.

Speaker Name (Mar. 1 – Day Event):

Dr. Lysa Boissé Lomax

Neurologist, Director of the KHSC District Epilepsy Center & Medical Director of the EEG Laboratory, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)

Dr. Sharon Whiting

Neurologist, Vice-Dean of Faculty Affairs, University of Ottawa (Retired)

Dr. Nadine Morrison-Levy

Pediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist, Queen’s University

Dr. Katherine Muir

Paediatric Neurologist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Dr. Erick Sell

Pediatric Neurologist and Assistant Professor, CHEO (University of Ottawa)

Dr. Lauren Strasser

Paediatric Neurology Resident PGY5 and ECHO Epilepsy Resident Lead, CHEO (University of Ottawa)

Biographies

Joanna Hearn

Joanna’s seizures started a few years before being accurately diagnosed with epilepsy at age fifteen. Over the next fifteen years, Joanna’s treatment has consisted of many medications, three brain surgeries, a VNS, modified Atkins diet, and a service dog.

Professionally, Joanna completed a BA at Queen’s University and additional training in mental health crisis response and support. Joanna now works in recreation at a retirement home, as a yoga instructor focusing on accessibility and has volunteered for several years with Epilepsy South Eastern Ontario and Art for Epilepsy.

Joanna Hearn

Dr. Lysa Boissé Lomax

Dr. Lysa Boissé Lomax is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University jointly appointed to the Division of Neurology and the Division of Respirology. She is the Director of the KHSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Centre, the Medical Director of the EEG Lab at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, and the Queen’s Neurology Residency Program Director. She has an active clinical practice with multidisciplinary Sleep and Epilepsy clinics, as well as a Transition clinic that helps to guide children and their families as they transition from pediatrics into adult care. She has also served on national boards that created guidelines for epilepsy genetic testing, driving in epilepsy, the transition from pediatric to adult epilepsy care. Her research interests include epilepsy syndromes, medical education and acute stroke care.

Dr. Lysa Lomax

Dr. Nadine Morrison-Levy

Dr. Nadine Morrison-Levy is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at Queen’s University. She is also the Director of Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMs). She graduated from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She completed her residency training and a Master’s in Epidemiology at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She subsequently completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Toronto and a Pediatric Epilepsy fellowship at the University of Ottawa. Her work includes pediatric general neurology and managing children with drug-resistant epilepsy. She also enjoys spending time with my family and friends.

Dr. Nadine Morrison-Levy

Dr. Maike-Svenja Milkereit

Dr. Maike-Svenja Milkereit is a bilingual family physician with experience in diverse settings, including inner-city, rural, and remote areas. She is committed to providing comprehensive and continuous care to individuals across all ages. As a generalist, Dr. Milkereit has deliberately sought out diverse practice opportunities, gaining experience in obstetrics, rural emergency medicine, hospitalist settings, and medical student education. She currently works as part of an interdisciplinary team at the ByWard Family Health Team in Ottawa. This team includes nurses, counselors, pharmacists, and dieticians, all working together to provide holistic care.

Dr. Maike Svenja-Milkereit

Dr. Katherine Muir

Dr. Katherine Muir completed her medical degree at the University of Toronto in 2011 and post-graduate training in pediatric neurology at the University of British Columbia from 2011 to 2017. This was followed by fellowship training in pediatric epilepsy at Columbia University from 2017-2018. Her clinical and research interests include pediatric epilepsy, EEG, and genetic causes of epilepsy. She is the director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at CHEO, Epilepsy Fellowship Program Director, Residency Program Director and runs the Tuberous Sclerosis clinic.

Dr. Katherine Muir

Nikki Porter

Nikki Porter is the Executive Director of Epilepsy Ottawa and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance. She has worked in the epilepsy not-for-profit sector for 13 years at the local, provincial, and national levels.

Nikki Porter

Sandi Reggler

Sandi Reggler is the mother of three children, 21, 18 and 14 years old. She began her epilepsy journey as the caregiver when her youngest daughter began having seizures at 8.5 years old. Sandi’s daughter tried ineffective medication after ineffective medication before being diagnosed with refractory epilepsy, which in turn resulted in epilepsy surgery. Sandi’s experience along this path in life has led to spread awareness and education through her role at Epilepsy Ottawa as an Educator.

Sandi Reggler

Dr. Erick Sell

Dr. Erick Sell studied Paediatrics at the National Children’s Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica. He completed Fellowships in Paediatric Neurology and Paediatric Epilepsy at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He has been a Staff Neurologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario since 2008. Dr. Sell is the Director of the Angelman Syndrome Clinic where he collaborates in research clinical trials.

Dr. Erick Sell

Dr. Lauren Strasser

Dr. Lauren Strasser is a paediatric neurology resident (PGY5) at CHEO (The University of Ottawa). She completed medical school at McMaster University and holds a masters in paediatric neuropsychology from University of College London and a bachelors of psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include infantile epilepsy and development, paediatric tremor, and telemedicine in paediatric neurology. Lauren is also our amazing ECHO Epilepsy Resident Lead in the ECHO Epilepsy, Neurology Trainee Program and will be pursuing fellowship in Epilepsy at SickKids starting in summer 2024!

Dr. Lauren Strasser

Dr. Sharon Whiting

Dr. Sharon Whiting is currently Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.
She is an epileptologist with research in the area of health services, specifically transition services for paediatric patients to adult services, the use of the ketogenic diet in the treatment of epilepsy and the quality of life for patients with epilepsy.

She is a past head of the Neurology Division in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She has had major national roles in neurology as Past President of the Canadian Association of Child Neurologists, Past President of the Canadian League against Epilepsy and founder of the Canadian Pediatric Epilepsy Network (CPEN) . She was a member of the executive of the Canadian Neurological Societies Federation (CNSF) and a member of the North American Commission of the International league against Epilepsy.

Dr. Sharon Whiting