Understanding Post-traumatic Epilepsy and Impacts on Quality of Life

Thursday, November 18, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Speaker: Mary Jo Pugh, PhD, RN

Dr. Pugh will describe the association of lifetime TBI history and epilepsy in Post-traumatic Epilepsy and quality of life outcomes in Post-9/11 Veterans. This study uses survey data collected using a cohort of Post-9/11 Veterans who appeared to have either no TBI or mild TBI based on VA health system data. This study demonstrates the importance of life-time TBI and the importance of measurement of health outcomes in epilepsy.

MARY JO PUGHAbout the Speaker
The seminar will be presented by Mary Jo Pugh, PhD, RN, a retired Air Force nurse and Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is an investigator at the Informatics, Decision-Enhancement and Analytic Sciences Center of Innovation (IDEAS COIN) and the VA Salt Lake City where she leads the COIN focus area that aims to identify and mitigate health risks in Veterans across periods of vulnerability. Over the past decade she has targeted her work using VA data to identify phenotypes in populations with complex comorbidity such as those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and complex multi-symptom illness in Gulf War era Veterans. Dr. Pugh’s current work related to TBI includes longitudinal observational and prospective studies to identify the emergence of distinct neurodegenerative conditions such as cognitive impairment and epilepsy, and clusters of multimorbidity that may have similar or networked biological underpinnings.

This seminar is part of CURE Epilepsy’s Frontiers in Research Seminar Series. This program is generously supported by the Nussenbaum-Vogelstein Family and aims to help educate and expose researchers, clinicians, and students to exciting epilepsy research and also provide opportunities for young investigators to interact with leaders in the field.