Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Symposium


Epilepsy Free sponsors many community events and education programs throughout the year. By promoting a variety of activities for all ages and interests, all those impacted by epilepsy and seizure disorders can come together as a community. Our programs are designed for persons with epilepsy and seizure disorders as well as their families, friends, co-workers, and caregivers.  In addition, we collaborate with many local foundations throughout the year to create opportunities for increased awareness about epilepsy and seizure disorders.

Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Symposium

Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Symposium

October 28, 2017
Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Symposium

Time: 8.30AM-4PM (registration 7.45-8.30)

Morristown Medical Center
100 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960

Audience: patients, caretakers and professionals who work with them

Breakfast and lunch included

Simultaneous all-day conferences on adult and childhood epilepsy and psychogenic non epileptic seizures taught by epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, social workers, registered dieticians, and nurses who specialize in epilepsy and seizures.

Our partners: EFNJ

2017 Conference Agenda:

7:45-8:30 Registration & Breakfast: sessions 1 and 2




10:15-10:30 BREAK




1:00-2:00 LUNCH


2:00 – 2:30 frequently asked questions in pediatric epilepsy. – Lorraine Lazar, MD, PhD
2:30 – 3:00 Do children with epilepsy have Cognitive problems and how to ensure success in school. – Robert Trobliger, PhD
3:00 – 3:30 Research and advances in epilepsy. – Juliann Paolicchi, MD
3:30 – 4:00 Planning for transition to adulthood in epilepsy. – Adrienne Arkontaky, JD


2:00 – 2:30 Frequently asked questions in adult epilepsy. – Jeffrey Politsky, MD
2:30 – 3:00 Research and advances in epilepsy. – Preeti Puntambekar
3:00 – 3:30 Memory and concentration problems in epilepsy. – Kirsty Bortnik, PhD
3:30 – 4:00 Depression and anxiety in epilepsy. – Katherine Inoyama, MD


9-9:15 Welcome and Program Introduction – Lorna Myers, Ph.D.

9:15-10 Introduction to Psychogenic non-epileptic Seizures (PNES) – Lorna Myers, Ph.D.

10-10:45 How are psychogenic seizures diagnosed – Christos Lambrakis, M.D.

10:45-11 BREAK

11-11:45 Treatments for PNES: evidence-based and new frontiers – Lorna Myers, Ph.D

11:45-12:30 The neuropsychology of PNES – Robert Trobliger, Ph.D.

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-2:15 PNES advocates speak: Eric L. Nelson and Millie Nelson and Brittney Marie Guertin

2:15-2:30 BREAK

2:30-3:15 Maintaining your quality of life while living with PNES – Marcela Bonafina, Ph.D.

3:15-4 Caring for the Caretaker and local available resources – Ruifan Zeng, Ph.D.

4-5 Informal round table gathering for audience members who wish to stay behind and continue networking

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