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HBI - Melbourne Epilepsy Symposium

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The Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute at the University of Melbourne, and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health invite you to the HBI - Melbourne Epilepsy Symposium. Featuring presentations from the Brain and Mental Health Epilepsy NeuroTeam and Melbourne researchers to promote collaborations in epilepsy-related research.

Epilepsy is one of nine NeuroTeams within the University of Calgary Brain and Mental Health research strategy. Led by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Brain and Mental Health research strategy provides a unifying direction for brain and mental health research at the University of Calgary, positioning researchers to unlock new discoveries and treatments for brain health in our community by working in interdisciplinary teams.


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Monday, May 1

8:00 – 9:00 am: Symposium Registration, Full Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks


Session 1 Imaging


9:15 – 9:30 am: “Fixel Based Analysis: Investigating White Matter Fibre Density and Morphology”, Alan Connelly (Florey)

9:30 – 9:45 am: “Spike Wave Epilepsies, Graeme Jackson (Florey)

9:45 – 10:00 am: “Human Epilepsy Imaging at the Seaman Centre”, Richard Frayne (HBI)

10:00 – 10:15 am: “On the Reliability of Scalp EEG-fMRI Studies of Epilepsy: The significance of missing epileptogenic spikes in human markup”, Amir Omidvarnia (Florey)

10:30 – 10:45 am: Tea/Coffee break

10:45 – 11:00 am: "More Than One Type of Black Dog in Epilepsy: Phenotypes of Depression", Genevieve Rayner (Florey)

11:00 – 11:15 am: “Novel MRI and CT Approaches to Study of Human Focal Epilepsy”, Paolo Federico (HBI)

11:15 – 11:30 am: "Doing More With Less: single-shell 3-tissue constrained spherical deconvolution", Thijs Dhollander (Florey)

11:30 – 11:45 am: “Improving the Characterization of the Pre-Ictal State by Quantifying the Variability of Functional Connection Strength”, Bradley Goodyear (HBI)

11:45 am – 12:30 pm: Questions/Discussion

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch


Session 2 – Pathomechanisms, Mouse Models, Genetics, TBI


1:30 – 1:45 pm: “Postictal Hypoxia: Phenomenon, Mechanism, Treatment and Implications”, Cam Teskey (HBI)

1:45 – 2:00 pm: “Using a Spider Toxin to Treat Dravet Syndrome”, Steve Petrou (Florey)

2:00 – 2:15 pm: “Metabolic Mechanisms of Functional Neuroprotection in Epilepsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder”, Jong Rho (HBI)

2:15 – 2:30 pm: “Targeted Therapies for KCNT1 Epilepsies”, Melody Li (Florey)

2:30 – 2:45 pm: "Using Zebrafish and Mouse Models of Epilepsy for Anti-Seizure Drug Development”, Deborah Kurrasch (HBI)

2:45 – 3:00 pm: Tea/Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:15 pm: “Zinc and Febrile Seizures”, Christopher Alan Reid (Florey)

3:15 – 3:30 pm: “The Cytoskeleton in Epilepsy: Cause, Consequence or Bystander?“, Minh Dang Nguyen (HBI)

3:30 – 3:45 pm: "Novel Therapies for Acquired Epilepsy", Sandy Shultz (MNI)

3:45 – 4:00 pm: “Epigenetic Change and Post-Traumatic Epilepsy”, Richelle Mychasiuk (HBI)

4:00 – 4:15 pm: “Somatic Mutations in Sporadic Epilepsies”, Michael Hildebrand (MNI)

4:15 – 5:00 pm: Questions/Discussion

5:00 – 6:30 pm: Symposium Social – registered attendees


Tuesday, May 2

8:00 – 9:00 am: Full Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome to Day 2


Session 3 – Neural/Silicone Interface, Mathematics


9:15 – 9:30 am: “Playing the Long Game - insights from 24/7 neurophysiology”, Dean Freestone (MNI)

9:30 – 9:45 am: “Miniaturized Engineering Opportunities in Neuroscience”, Colin Dalton (HBI)

9:45 – 10:00 am: Towards a Patient-Specific Network Characterization of Epileptogenesis”, Andre Peterson (MNI)

10:00 – 10:15 am: “Correlation Dynamics in Epileptic Seizure Problems and Brain Network Structures: Post-ictal Signatures”, Kris Vasudevan (HBI)

10:15 – 10:45 pm: Questions/Discussion

10:45 – 11:00 am: Tea/Coffee break


Session 4 – Epidemiology


11:00 – 11:15 am: “Linked Electronic Medical Records as a Means of Studying the Epidemiology of Epilepsy”, Colin Josephson (HBI)

11:15 – 11:30 am: "Heart Rate Variability: A Biomarker of SUDEP Risk?", Ken Myers (MNI)

11:30 – 11:45 am: “The Data Science Center Initiative”, Samuel Wiebe (HBI)

11:45 – 12:00 pm: “The Epidemiology and Aetiologies of Severe Epilepsies of Infancy”, Katherine Howell (MNI)

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Questions/Discussion

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch


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