UTERP Meeting Fri Nov 2, 2012

October 31st, 2012 · No Comments

The following is a message from our friends at the University of Toronto Epilepsy Research Program (UTERP) about an upcoming scientific meeting at the University of Toronto:


The next UTERP/OBI Fellows’ Meeting will take place on Friday, November 2, at 4 pm in Room 4227 of the Medical Sciences Building.

The speaker will be: Tariqus Salam (from Jose-Luis Perez-Velazquez’s research group)

The topic will be: Validation of monitoring changes in brain synchrony to anticipate seizures and implement feedback stimulation to stop seizure occurrence.

This continues our series of talks by the OBI PIs.”

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Purple Day receives Royal Assent!

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Great news everyone! Bill C-278, the Purple Day Act, received Royal Assent on June 28, 2012! This means that March 26th of every year is now legally recognized by the Canadian government as Purple Day, a day of epilepsy awareness, a day where Canadians should wear purple to promote a greater awareness of epilepsy and to support the 300,000 Canadians living with epilepsy!

The following is an official news story from Canadian Newswire about the passing of Purple Day into law: Purple Day now legally recognized in Canada

Congratulations to Cassidy Megan and everyone else behind the Purple Day campaign! Cassidy, your dream is one step closer to reality! We at SECA fully support you and will continue to celebrate Purple Day every March 26th on the University of Toronto St. George Campus!

To everyone else in the world who celebrates Purple Day, keep up the great work! Together, we can make sure the world celebrates Purple Day and everyone is made aware of the impact of epilepsy!











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Happy Purple Day!!!!

March 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Hey everybody, its Purple Day! We at SECA are wishing you all the best today, and we hope you’re wearing purple in support of epilepsy awareness!

We have set up tables at Gerstein Library and at Sid Smith Hall on the University of Toronto. Feel free to swing by and talk to us, maybe even pick up some free stuff!

Also, Cassidy Megan is in Toronto today! She has quite a busy schedule, having opened the Toronto Stock Exchange and hanging out at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also running a fashion show with Epilepsy Toronto tonight at 45 The Esplanade! Keep your eyes on the news, or if you have time come on out and support Purple Day!


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UTERP Meeting Friday March 26, 2012

March 16th, 2012 · No Comments

The following is an update on an upcoming epilepsy science meeting being held by UTERP (University of Toronto Epilepsy Research Program) at the University of Toronto:

“This weeks Fellow’s meeting is fast arriving.

Topic: Normal Adult EEG
Speaker: Dr. Arina Bingeliene

Time: 4:00 pm, Friday March 16th
Location: Room 4227, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto

Looking forward to seeing you there.”

We at SECA hope that you can attend and learn more about the science of epilepsy.


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UTERP Meeting Friday March 9, 2012

March 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Hello all:

The following is an update from our friends at UTERP about an upcoming scientific meeting on epilepsy. This particular meeting is very exciting, Dr. Burnham will detail the epilepsy research group’s work for the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)! We hope you attend!

“This week Dr. Burnham will be speaking at our scheduled UTERP/OBI Scientific Seminar.

Speaker: Dr. Burnham
Topic: “The new OBI Program for Epilepsy Research: New Approaches to Intractable Epilepsy.”
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Room 4227, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto

We look forward to seeing you.”


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UTERP Meeting Friday March 2, 2012

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

The following is an update from UTERP about their scientific meetings on epilepsy at the University of Toronto. This meeting will occur on Friday March 2, 2012, at 4:00 pm, in room 4227 in the Medical Sciences Building, UT:

“Dr. Paul Hwang has kindly agreed to speak in a series of Seminars on EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology…The topic of Dr. Hwang’s Seminar on this Friday is: History of EEG & Introduction.

You are cordially invited to join us.”


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My Epilepsy Diary App

February 8th, 2012 · No Comments

I came across this excellent software tool/app recently, and I thought I would share it all of you. Its called My Epilepsy Diary, and can be found here. It can run on your computer, iPhone/iTouch, or Android smartphone. It was created by the great people over at Epilepsy Therapy Project, and gives you connection to Epilepsy.com’s online community. It is absolutely free, and uses the internet to improve epilepsy management.

Its a tool which allows you to record your seizures in an electronic journal which connects to a database run by Microsoft (Microsoft HealthVault). It also can: track your medications; track your mood; track side effects; take notes; store attachments; send you reminders; and create detailed reports about your epilepsy. Its an exciting new tool which I highly recommend you check out!

We will place a permanent link to the site which hosts it on our “Links” page, in case you cannot find this post.


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UTERP Meeting Feb 10 2012

February 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Hey everyone! We at SECA have partnered with the University of Toronto Epilepsy Research Program (UTERP) to bring you updates of upcoming UTERP meetings. We begin posting them this week. Heres hoping you attend and enjoy the scientific seminars!


Speaker: Dr. Michael Sumner

Topic: “Neuroplasticity, the epilepsises, and the use of neuroplasticity to treat some forms of epilepsy”

Time: 4:00 pm on Friday, February 10th

Location: University of Toronto, Medical Science Building, Department of Pharmacology, Room 4227

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Update from the Purple Day Campaign

November 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Our friends at the Purple Day Campaign are making headway on getting Purple Day recognized as an official day of epilepsy awareness by the Canadian Federal Government. I will let a status update from their Facebook page do the talking:

“Canada: Private members Bill C-278 – The Purple Day Act will be presented in the House of Commons in Ottawa on or before November 14th. Bill C-278 will be voted on and if passed with then go on the next stage of this process. We are asking you contact the Federal Member of Parliament that represents you in Ottawa and tell them why this bill is so important to support for those living with epilepsy in Canada. It’s important they know about some of the challenges that people living with epilepsy face such as; the lack of public awareness, education, and stigma associated with the condition of epilepsy. Please reshare with others to help us spread the word. If this bill passes all steps it will mean that March 26th – Purple Day will be recognized as the “Official Day” for Epilepsy Awareness in Canada.”

You heard them, get out there and contact your Federal MP! I will be writing my letter in short order. Only together can we get Purple Day recognized by Canada! Lets raise awareness of epilepsy and fight stigma in society!


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Thanks for the Epilepsy Conference!

October 19th, 2011 · No Comments

The Andrews-Reiter Conference held this past weekend at the University of Toronto was a great success! I hope everyone enjoyed it, I had a great time. It was a great opportunity to hear about a valuable treatment style, as well as network with everyone in the epilepsy community.

Also, thanks to the speakers and the conference organizers for all their hard work: John Park, Ellen Novack, Donna Andrews, Joel Reiter, Joshua Kors, Siegward Elsas and Rosa Michaelis! We at SECA hope you enjoyed your time in Toronto and at the University proper! We look forward to collaborating further with you in the future!


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