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SNI Grand Round Series 2011 – Epilepsy Genetics

Thursday, February 3, 2011
7:30am – 8:30am
Swedish Education Conference Center, Room B

 

Marcio Sotero de Menezes, MD, Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology, Swedish Neuroscience Institute

 

 

 

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have an increased ability to:

  • Identify genetic epilepsy syndromes 
  • Explain treatment of genetic epilepsy syndromes

SNI Grand Round Series is every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 

New center brings tertiary neurological care to children

 The Pediatric Epilepsy and Pediatric Neurology services at Swedish Medical Center have combined to create the new Swedish Pediatric Neuroscience Center. As part of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI), comprehensive neurological care for newborns, infants, children and adoles­cents is now located at the Swedish First Hill campus in Seattle. Marcio Sotero de Menezes, M.D., has been appointed direc­tor of the new center.

The center has a high patient volume for the medical and surgical treatment of seizure disorders, including complex epi­lepsy syndromes and genetic epilepsies. It is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level-4 epilepsy center.

In addition to epilepsy, the center’s specialists treat pediatric patients for a wide range of neurological disorders, in­cluding headache and migraine; move­ment disorders, tics and Tourette’s syn­drome; genetic and metabolic disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders and learn­ing disabilities; brain malformations; cere­bral palsy; stroke; tuberous sclerosis; and neurofibromatosis.

The center’s pa­tients will also benefit from a broad spectrum of pediatric neurol­ogy inpatient hospital services, including epilepsy monitoring unit, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, procedural seda­tion services, pediatric neurosurgery and intraoperative EEG monitoring, imaging services, and neuropsychological testing. Physical, occupational and speech therapy services are also available to the center’s patients.

For more information about the Swedish Pediatric Neuroscience Center, please call 206-215-1440. 

  

Marcio Sotero de Menezes, MD, Pediatric Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology, Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Clinical Neurophysiology Lab Receives Accreditation

Congratulations are in order for the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory for attaining Accreditation by the EEG Laboratory Accreditation board of ABRET.  We are the first and only Lab to receive Accreditation in Washington State and one of only 10 labs west of the Mississippi. 

Accreditation means the Lab has met strict standards and is recognized as a place where patients and physicians can have confidence they are receiving quality diagnostics.

 Thanks for all the great work and CONGRATULATIONS to everyone on the team who made this possible!

-Colleen Douville
Director for Cerebrovascular Ultrasound
Program Manager for Clinical Neurophysiology

The neurophysiology laboratory at Swedish is a critical component to the Epilepsy program.

Swedish Summer Research Program a Success

On August 12, 2010 six undergraduate and three high-school students completed the 2010 Swedish Summer Research Program. This program is now in its second year and was led by Dr. Dan Rizzuto, Research Manager at Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) and Dr. John Henson, Director of Neurology at SNI. The 10 week program included training in research ethics and basic neurology as well as weekly seminars from SNI physicians. Each student was also assigned to a research project and individually mentored by the physician investigator leading the research. The program was roundly considered a success by all participants. Of note, one participant and his mentor wrote a manuscript, entitled “The Impact of Electroconvulsive Therapy on Visuospatial Navigation and Memory”, which was submitted to the Journal of ECT.

Special thanks to all of the Swedish project mentors: Dr. Annabaker Garber, Dr. Mike Doherty, Dr. Jim Bowen, Dr. Bart Keogh, Dr. Ken Melman, Dr. Greg Foltz, Dr. Jill Jesurum, Dr. Cindy Fuller, Dr. Nameeta Shah, Dr. John Henson, and Dr. Philip Mease.

We will begin accepting applications in March for the Summer 2011 program. Stay tuned for further details.

SNI Fellowship Opportunities

The Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, is committed to improving the delivery of neurologic care through evidence-based protocols, research and education.

SNI offers advanced training through five fellowships:

Applications are reviewed as received, with fellowships beginning bi-annually on January 1 and July 1.

For one hundred years Swedish has been the premier health-care provider in the Pacific Northwest and a trusted resource for people when it truly counts. As a high-volume, urban medical center located at the epicenter of the Puget Sound area, Swedish attracts nationally recognized physicians and scientists, and provides a broad population base that enhances the patient care, research and education efforts at SNI.

Applying for an SNI fellowship

You can also email your inquiries to SNIFellowships@swedish.org

Neuromodulation Symposium

The symposium “Advances in Neuromodulative Therapies: 2010 and Beyond” will be held August 27, 2010 starting at 7:15 am in the Swedish Education and Conference Center at the Cherry Hill campus.

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A broad array of local and national experts will speak on current and future applications of neuromodulation in the treatment of neurological disorders.

The poet and thinker David Whyte will start off the symposium by addressing some of the philosophical and ethical issues raised by our increasingly dynamic interaction with the human brain and spinal cord.

We hope you will be able to join us for what should be a fun, informative, and inspirational symposium.

 

Ryder Gwinn, MD
Director of Epilepsy Surgery
Functional Neurosurgery
Swedish Neuroscience Institute

FDA MedWatch – Lamictal (lamotrigine): Risk of Aseptic Meningitis

FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that Lamictal (lamotrigine), a medication commonly used for seizures in children two years and older, and bipolar disorder in adults, can cause aseptic meningitis. Read more