Epilepsy and Dietary Therapies: How What You Eat May Control Seizures

For individuals with epilepsy – particularly refractory epilepsy – change of diet can be a recommended therapy for seizure control. While the ketogenic diet has been around for almost a century and is the arguably the most well-known dietary treatment option,    today, there are multiple diets used to treat specific epilepsy types and syndromes.

In this webinar, two neurologists will come together to present both the research and clinical perspectives of dietary therapies. Dr. Jong Rho will speak to the science backing the use of dietary therapies to control seizures, and Dr. Eric Kosoff will discuss how doctors determine which patients to recommend these therapies for, as well as how patients can work with their doctors to navigate these options.

During a live Q&A at the end of this webinar, you may ask Dr. Rho and Dr. Kosoff questions such as:

  • What epilepsy conditions has the ketogenic diet proved effective in reducing seizures?
  • Can I just look up a ketogenic diet online and try it?
  • What biological mechanisms cause these diets to work and how much do we know about them?
  • What resources are available to help parents and caregivers follow the strict dietary guidelines?

This webinar is jointly presented by Dr. Jong Rho, Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Neurosciences, and Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Calgary and Dr. Eric Kosoff, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Webinar: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Epilepsy Care

Transitioning from pediatric to adult care is a major milestone for individuals with epilepsy and their families. Unfortunately, this process can be delayed due to the multitude of health and comorbid conditions which can accompany epilepsy, as well as the personal bond between the family and their pediatric care team.

This webinar discusses how epilepsy patients, their families, and pediatric neurologists can develop a plan to prepare for the transition of care. The presenter, Dr. Joseph Sirven, explores what factors to consider when transitioning care, established research guidelines for transitioning care, and the resources available to assist everyone involved.

During the webinar, the audience asks questions covering:

  • Is the transition of care plan dependent upon a patient’s epilepsy type?
  • Do treatment options change when a patient begins seeing an adult neurologist?
  • What research has been done into the effects of transition care on a patient’s lifestyle?

This webinar is conducted by Dr. Joseph Sirven, Professor of Neurology and Chair Emeritus in the Department of Neurology and Director of the Epilepsy Program at the Mayo Clinic’s Arizona Campus. Dr. Sirven serves as editor-in-chief at www.epilepsy.com.

Webinar: Epilepsy, Pregnancy, and Contraception

Pregnancy and contraception can be a difficult subject for women with epilepsy to discuss with their doctors, however it is critical for reproductive health. Estimates suggest there are more than 1.1 million women in the US with epilepsy of childbearing age.

Women with epilepsy must face certain considerations when starting a family.  This webinar will focus on the research surrounding epilepsy and pregnancy, as well as provide strategies to help minimize risks for both mother and baby.

This webinar will address questions, such as:

  • What does research show about the safety of certain anti-seizure drugs in pregnancy?
  • What resources are available to women with epilepsy who are planning a family?
  • Which forms of contraception interact with anti-seizure medications?

This webinar will be conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Gerard, Associate Professor of Neurology with a specialty in epilepsy at Northwestern University. Her clinical focus is contraceptive and pre-conception counseling as well as the management of epilepsy during pregnancy.

Separating Stigma from Truth: Epilepsy Research and Resources

Have you ever been afraid to talk about your epilepsy to friends and coworkers for fear of repercussions? Epilepsy stigma is prolific and can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Approximately 50% of people in the US and Europe report feeling stigmatized because of their epilepsy diagnosis, according to recent studies.

Discover research findings about the public attitudes and beliefs about epilepsy, as well as how likely people with epilepsy are to encounter stigma due to negative public attitudes. We review how these harmful stereotypes affect quality of life, and explore what recent evidence suggests communities can do to improve public attitudes and reduce epilepsy stigma.

Let’s end these epilepsy stereotypes and shine a light on the truth.

Featured Presenter: Ann Jacoby, PhD, is Professor Emerita in the Department of Public Health and Policy at the University of Liverpool, UK. She is a social scientist whose research career has focused on the lived experiences of individuals with ill health, in relation to its daily life impacts and healthcare outcomes.  She has had a particular interest in chronic neurological illness, with a major focus on epilepsy.