The Power of Purple Webinar Series for Epilepsy is a series of free educational webinars about important topics related to epilepsy. These webinars will be hosted on Zoom and feature neurologists, industry experts, and people living with epilepsy who will be sharing their lived experiences.
Don’t miss our final webinar on March 19th “Meet the Experts” with special guests:
About the Speakers:
Dr. Esther Bui is a Neurologist – Clinician Educator , Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is cross appointed to the Division of Obstetrical Medicine. She is the director of the University of Toronto’s Epilepsy Fellowship and co-director of the Women’s Neurology Fellowship, as well as co-director of Education, Krembil Brain Institute. Dr. Bui completed her M.D. in 2002 and Neurology residency in 2007, and Epilepsy and EEG fellowship in 2010 at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (CSCN) and served on the executive board of the CSCN 2012-2017 and is currently serving as on the executive of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE). Her clinical and research interests lies in advancing the care of epilepsy, particularly focused on gender issues and pregnancy. In education, her interest is on teacher assessment tools and EEG learning.
Dr. Peter Carlen obtained his MD from the University of Toronto and his internship and Internal Medicine training at McGill University, completing his Neurology training at the University of Toronto. He also did postgraduate training in cellular electrophysiology for 3 years at the Neurobiology Unit of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is a Professor in Medicine (Neurology), Physiology, and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He was formerly the Head of Neurology at the Addiction Research Foundation. In 1989, he was appointed Director of the Playfair Neuroscience Unit and Neuroscience Research at the University Health Network for a 10 year term, where he is now a Senior Scientist and Head of the Division of Fundamental Neurobiology. He has over 300 peer-reviewed biomedical publications and 6 patents. His main research interests are mechanisms and control of neural synchrony and entrainment in epilepsy, SUDEP, hypoglycemic seizures, gap junctional communication, brain state classification, and the cerebral pathophysiology of the fetal alcohol syndrome. He is also an active neurological clinician at the University Health Network (Toronto Western Hospital) with a practice focused mainly on patients with epilepsy.
Dr. Gold is a staff neuropsychologist at Toronto Western Hospital, and holds an Assistant Professor academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto. He primarily conducts neuropsychological assessments for the epilepsy program, but also consults to other UHN services such as Neurology. Dr. Gold also maintains a small private practice. His PhD investigated memory changes in daily life for those with early evidence of Alzheimer’s disease. During his residency at Duke University Medical Center, he gained specialized experience assessing and providing CBT treatment for ADHD before completing his clinical neuropsychology fellowship at Saint Louis University and his postdoctoral research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with declared competency with adults and seniors in clinical psychology and neuropsychology.
About the Moderator
W. McIntyre Burnham received his B.A. in Experimental Psychology from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from McGill University. Following post-doctoral studies in electrophysiology with Pierre Gloor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, he joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Toronto, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus. His research career has centered on epilepsy and anticonvulsant drugs. He was the first recipient of the Bahen Chair of Epilepsy Research, and is currently the Director of the University of Toronto Epilepsy Research Program. He is also a Co-Director of EpLink, and a Past President of Epilepsy Ontario and of Epilepsy Canada.
This webinar series is being presented in collaboration with EpLink, Krembil Research Institute and Epilepsy Toronto.