PCDH19 Pediatric Epilepsy Professional and Family Symposium



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liveStreaming Note: This conference will be streamed live over the web. If you are unable to attend in person, you may register for the Webcast. You are also able to view the recorded Webcast during the following week at your convenience. Select your registration type for "WebCast" in the dropdown on the registration page. The Webcast link will be emailed to you on the day of the course.


Overview Objectives Accreditation Course Outline
Chairs Faculty Travel & Lodging Cancellation Policy

Department: Neurology
Course Number: MNR15004
Activity Date(s): September 6-7, 2014
Location: UCSF Parnassus Campus - NEW LOCATION!
San Francisco, CA

Physician/AHP $200 (Before 8/6/2014)
Physician/AHP $280 (After 8/6/2014)

Parent/Caregiver $35

Children under 18 need not register

Optional Printed Syllabus $15

Lunch for Attendees and Children under 12 Included in Tuition

Reception for Attendees and Childeren under 12 Included in Tuition


An expert panel of leading researchers and clinicians will discuss the latest research on the diagnostic and therapeutic management of PCDH19 Female Epilepsy. This course is appropriate for, and designed to foster dialogue among, Pediatric Neurologists, Pediatric Epileptologists and Pediatric Neurology RNs and NPs. In addition to these providers who provide direct care for patients in routine clinical visits and in emergent situations, researchers, genetic counselors and families affected by PCDH19 will also benefit from this course.

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The purpose of this course is to improve skills and strategies for early diagnosis and optimal treatment of PCDH19 Female Epilepsy. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe clinical criteria for suspecting PCDH19 at onset of seizures;
  • Analyze seizure management strategies to achieve best long term patient outcomes;
  • Assess and provide education and support for the psychological and developmental impact of PCDH19;
  • Appropriately include PCDH19 as a potential etiology for a patient's epilepsy;
  • Avoid excessive medication use in the treatment of PCDH19;
  • Connect families affected with PCDH19-related epilepsy to genetic counseling services for families

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts category 1 credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA Category 1 Credit for the PRA for organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Pharmacy: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists: This course meets the qualifications on an hour-for-hour basis of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval Number PCE 1272.

Genetic Counselors: This course has been approved to offer continuing education by an organizations other than NSGC. Genetic counselors may submit Category 2 CEU applications for these programs up to 90 days after the program is completed. Up to 40% of credits required for ABGC recertification can be Category 2.

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Course Outline:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Introduction & History of PCDH19
Joseph E. Sullivan, MD

9:00 Italian Experience with PCDH19-related Epilepsy: The
Clinical Phenotype and the Experimental Model
Nicola Specchio, MD, PhD

9:40 Questions & Answers

9:55 Break

10:10 The Challenges of PCDH19 Female Epilepsy
Ingrid Scheffer, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAA

11:05 Gaining Novel Insights into the Biology of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
with Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Sergiu P. Pasca, MD, PhD

11:45 Questions & Answers

12:00 pm Lunch (provided)

1:00 PCDH19 Registry
Annapurna Poduri, MD, MPH

1:40 Questions & Answers

2:00 Altered Neurosteroid Metabolism and
Molecular Pathogenesis of PCDH19 Disorder
Jozef Gecz, PhD

2:40 Questions & Answers

2:55 Break

3:10 Investigating PCDH19 Function using Cell and Mouse Models
Paul Thomas, PhD

3:50 Questions & Answers

4:05 Corticosteroids: A Powerful Treatment Option for PCDH19-related Epilepsy
Norimichi Higurashi, MD, PhD

5:05 Adjourn

5:15 pm All invited to attend a welcome reception.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 From One Family to Many Girls
Ingrid Scheffer, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAA

9:40 Questions & Answers

10:00 The Developmental, Individual-difference,
Relationship-based (DIR) Method of
Comprehensive Intervention
Barbara Kalmanson, PhD

10:40 Questions & Answers

10:55 Break

11:10 A Parents’ Guide to Understanding Genetic Terminology and Test Results
Beth Rosen Sheidley, MD, CGC

11:55 Questions & Answers

12:10 pm Panel Discussion with Presenters and Parents

12:40 Adjourn

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Joseph E. Sullivan, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics
Director, UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center
University of California, San Francisco

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Jozef Gecz, PhD
Women’s & Children’s Hospital
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Norimichi Higurashi, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Jikei University School of Medicine
Tokyo, Japan

Barbara Kalmanson, PhD
Autism Speaks
Kentfield, California

Sergiu P. Pasca, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Stanford University
School of Medicine
Stanford, California

Annapurna Poduri, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Ingrid Scheffer, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAA
Pediatric Neurologist, Physician Scientist
University of Melbourne & Florey Institute
Epilepsy Research Centre
Heidelberg, AUSTRALIA

Beth Rosen Sheidley, MS, CGC
Professor of the Practice of Genetic Counseling
Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts

Nicola Speccio, MD, PhD
Department of Neuroscience
Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital
Rome, Italy

Paul G. Thomas, PhD
Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee

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Travel & Lodging:

UCSF Parnassus Heights Campus
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

The Pediatric Epilepsy Professional and Family Symposium location has been upgraded due to availability at the main UCSF Parnassus campus, where the world-renown Benioff Children’s Hospital is located. Our new meeting location is inside the School of Nursing. Upgraded technology will allow viewers of the streaming webcast to view both the presenter and their slides simultaneously. We are thrilled with the opportunity to welcome on-site participants to this more intimate, more technologically current venue, and look forward to seeing you there!

Further details will be included after your registration is confirmed

Maps of both the Laurel Heights and Parnassus campus locations can be found at: http://www.ucsf.edu/maps. The Parnassus campus is a 15 minute drive the Laurel Heights conference center.

Parking is available on the Parnassus campus at:

  1. Millberry Union Public Garage 500 Parnassus Avenue, located across from the Medical Sciences Building
  2. Westside/Kirkham Surface Lot 707 Parnassus Avenue, located behind the School of Dentistry
  3. Beckman/Koret Surface Lot 5th Avenue at Kirkham

More parking information is available at: http://campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu/transportation/services/parking/public_parking


A very limited block of guestrooms has been reserved at special UCSF conference rates at the following nearby hotels. You are urged to make your reservations early. Please note the hotel cut off dates below. After these dates, rooms will be provided on a space-available basis only. To learn more about these properties, visit their websites using the links below.

The Laurel Inn
444 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco
1 block from the conference center
Rate: $259.00 Presidio or $269.00 City View
Rate guaranteed until: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Phone: 800.552.8735 (Reservations Web-link coming soon.)
Visit the Hotel Website
To reserve your room at the Laurel Inn, please visit this link


The Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street, San Francisco
Approximately 1-1/2 miles from the conference center (5 mins by taxi)
Rate: $199.00
Rate guaranteed until: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Phone: 800.533.4567 (Reservations Web-link coming soon.)
Visit the Hotel Website
To reserve your room at the Hotel Kabuki, please visit this link

Please identify yourself as a member of this UCSF conference to receive the special rate.

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Cancellation Policy:

No refunds.

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