Watch the 2020 Community Day Sessions

Community Day 2020: Watch Now

Organized by, and for, people affected by epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation held the 2020 Community Day virtually on August 29, 2020. Watch the full day of sessions to learn about what’s new in epilepsy treatments, genetics, how you get involved with the Epilepsy Foundation, and how we can take action together.

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Times are eastern time (ET).

Welcome and Introduction – 11:00-11:10 A.M.

  • Jon Scheinman, Director of Youth Programs, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Laura Thrall, President & CEO, Epilepsy Foundation

Understanding the Epilepsies & What’s Next in Epilepsy Treatment – 11:10-11:55 A.M.

  • Charles Kilbourne, MPA, Board Member, Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California
  • David Ficker, MD, Neurologist, University of Cincinnati Health
  • Jacqueline French, MD, Chief Medical and Innovation Officer, Epilepsy Foundation  

Genes and Epilepsy: Understanding the Basics – 11:55 A.M.-12:40 P.M.

  • Shannon Abdul Wahab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation Orange County
  • Elaine Wirrell, MD, Director of Pediatric Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic and Co-Editor in Chief of
  • Kim Nye, TESS Research Foundation, President and Co-Founder

Wellness Break by the Wellness Institute – 12:40-12:45 P.M.

Telemedicine: How We Got Here and What’s Next – 12:45-1:30 P.M.

  • Sue Herman, MD, Director of Epilepsy Program, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Charuta Joshi, MD, Pediatric Neurologist, Children’s Hospital Colorado

SUDEP: Knowledge is Power – 1:30-2:15 P.M.

  • Sally Schaeffer, Senior Director SUDEP Institute, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Sam Lhatoo, MD, Director, Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, UT Health
  • Victor and Libby Boyce, The Cameron Boyce Foundation

Wellness Break by the Wellness Institute – 2:15-2:25 P.M.

Cannabidiol: Making Informed Choices – 2:25-3:10 P.M.

  • Freeman and Leanna Dando, TSU representative for the Central & South Texas office
  • Anup Patel, MD, Section Chief of Pediatric Neurology, Nationwide Children’s 
  • Abbey Roudebush, Senior Manager of Government Relations and Advocacy, Epilepsy Foundation

Getting Involved and Making Change – 3:10-3:55 P.M.

  • Jon Scheinman, Director of Youth Programs, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Britt Dorfman, Government Relations and Grassroots Associate, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Miles Levin, Filmmaker

Closing Remarks – 3:55-4:00 P.M.

  • Jon Scheinman, Director of Youth Programs, Epilepsy Foundation

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thank you for your support in making this event a success and your commitment to the epilepsy community.

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