Duke Neurology at AES 2023: Highlights from Orlando

By William Alexander

Current and former members of the Duke Neurology Department, along with the nation’s leading epilepsy researchers, providers, and educators, gathered in Orlando, Florida, this weekend for the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 2023 annual meeting. Members of our Department are leading three events or lectures, and contributing to 11 new posters or abstracts on epilepsy surgery, self-care in epilepsy, the use of guidelines in managing epilepsy, and other topics.

"The main themes of the Congress were recognizing and eliminating disparities in epilepsy care and timeliness of appropriate care, including quickly addressing mental health concerns in epilepsy and early referrals for epilepsy surgery,” said Aatif Husain, MD, Professor of Neurology and Division Chief, Epilepsy, Sleep, and Neurophysiology. “It was also a time that current and prior Duke’s got together to celebrate each other, our time together and Duke!”

Members of the Duke Neurology Department have contributed to more than 200 AES presentations, lectures, or posters over the past 23 years. View the AES 2023 official program and schedule here. This year’s contributions include the following: 

  • Aatif Husain, MD: Special Lecture: Clinical Practice Guidelines: Why, What, How
  • Matt Luedke, MD Professional Wellness in Epilepsy Care: Of Hearth and Home: Professional Wellness After Hours
  • Birgit Frauscher, MD, PhD - Investigative Workshop: Source Imaging Along Time and Space: Technical Challenges and Clinical Yields
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Current and former members of the Duke Neurology (and neuro-adjacent community) Department pose at this year's 2023 AES meeting.

In addition, members of our Department contributed to the following 11 posters:

  • 24-Month Analysis of BUTTERFLY: A Prospective, Observational Study to Investigate Cognition and Other Non-seizure Comorbidities in Children and Adolescents with Dravet Syndrome (DS) - Muhammad Zafar, MD, and colleagues
  • Characteristics of Stereo Electroencephalography in Thalamic Nuclei - Prachi Parikh, MD, Derek Southwell, MD, PhD, and colleagues
  • Communication About Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy  - Kayli Maney, MD, and colleagues
  • Enhancing Epilepsy Surgery Decision Making with a Seizure Matching System - Birgit Frauscher, MD, PhD, and colleagues
  • Factors Associated with Focal to Bilateral Tonic Clonic Seizures in Newly Diagnosed Focal Epilepsy - Shruti Agashe, MD, MS
  • Identification of the Epileptic Engram in a Mouse Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy - James McNamara, MD, PhD, and colleagues
  • Pulsatile Corticoid Therapy Reduces Epileptic Burden in Children with Genetic Drug-Resistant Epilepsy - Birgit Frauscher, MD, PhD, and colleagues
  • Improving Epilepsy Education in LMIC Schools: A Study to Improve and Measure Epilepsy Awareness in Pakistan and India -Muhammad Zafar, MD, Roshni Dhoot, MD, medical student Cordelia Hume, and colleagues
  • Initial Single-Center Outcomes Following Anterior Thalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation for Drug-Resistant Epilepsy -Prachi Parikh, MD, Derek Southwell, MD, PhD, and colleagues
  • Outpatient Tapering of Anti-Seizure Medications (ASMs) After Index Hospitalization for Status Epilepticus (SE) -Prachi Parikh, MD, and colleagues
  • Oscillatory and Non-oscillatory Interictal Sleep EEG Biomarkers of the Epileptogenic Zone - Birgit Frauscher, MD, PhD, and colleagues