Primary and Treatment Related Comorbidities in Pediatric and Adult Epilepsies: Revising our Understanding of the Relationships
Abstract & Learning Objectives
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder affecting people throughout the lifespan with epidemiological peaks in childhood and older adulthood. In addition to the underlying disease substrate giving rise to seizures, the epilepsies can be complicated by diverse cognitive, behavioral, and social comorbidities that diminish quality of life and lifespan achievement. Recent major advances include a revised classification of seizures and epilepsy syndromes, improved understanding of the epidemiology of the comorbidities including their timing and course, improved interventions including epilepsy surgery, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse influences of the epilepsies and their treatment on normal neurodevelopmental and aging processes. This workshop will present an integrated overview of the epilepsies, its treatment, and problematic neurobehavioral comorbidities and their underlying neurobiological substrate in children, adolescents and adults.
Bruce P. Hermann, PhD
Professor and Director
Madison M. Berl, PhD
David W. Loring, PhD
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Bruce Hermann, PhD
Bruce Hermann is Professor and Director of the Charles Matthews Neuropsychology Laboratory in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has a longstanding interest in the neuropsychological and behavioral effects of epilepsy and epilepsy surgery in children and adults. For the past 15 years he and his research group has focused their efforts in two areas: 1) characterizing the cognitive, psychiatric and neuroimaging abnormalities of adults with chronic temporal lobe epilepsy and following their course prospectively, and 2) characterizing the natural history of cognitive, psychiatric and neuroimaging abnormalities in children with new onset epilepsies and the effects of epilepsy on their neurodevelopmental trajectories. Dr. Hermann currently serves as Treasurer for the International Neuropsychological Society and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Epilepsy Society.
Madison Berl, PhD
Madison Berl, Ph.D. is a licensed pediatric neuropsychologist and faculty member of the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System (CNHP). She is the neuropsychologist for the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program (CPEP). She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine, the Associate Director of T32 Fellowship Program and the Neurobehavioral Core of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at CNHP. She serves on scientific and organizing committees within the American Epilepsy Society and International League Against Epilepsy. Her research interests include the effects of medical conditions and treatments on neuropsychological functioning in children. Specifically, she is investigating the relationship between working memory and language in children with epilepsy using fMRI and DTI.
David W. Loring, PhD
David W. Loring is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Emory University, and is the Director of Neuropsychology Program in the Neurology Department. He was the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Loring is the Principal Investigator of the multi-center project entitled “Cognitive AED Outcomes in Pediatric Localization Related Epilepsy (COPE),” funded by PCORI, and is Adult Neuropsychology Core Director for “Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD),” funded by NINDS. He is an Associate Editor for Epilepsia, is a member of the NINDS Common Data Elements Steering Committee, and is the Editor for the forthcoming INS Dictionary of Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences (2nd edition).
Course DetailsDavis Schoenfeld2020-10-21T22:30:25+00:00
Course Title: CE 6. Primary and Treatment Related Comorbidities in Pediatric and Adult Epilepsies: Revising our Understanding of the Relationships
Credit Hours: 3.0
Instructor(s) Bruce P. Hermann, PhD Madison M. Berl, PhD David W. Loring, PhD