Neurostimulation in Epilepsy: Thinking Outside the Box Featured

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM CST Saturday, January 16

Neurostimulation is a growing part of the treatment algorithm at many comprehensive epilepsy centers. As we learn more about these technologies, many investigators are exploring novel stimulation paradigms and patient populations that may extend beyond the originally labeled indications. We are also reaching a better understanding of the direct and indirect effects of brain stimulation on seizures. Here we will discuss novel and innovative uses of neurostimulation for epilepsy, explore potential mechanisms of action, and discuss high-yield case presentations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe when open- vs. closed-loop stimulation strategies may be more appropriate.
  • Discuss various thalamic stimulation strategies and how to select the best target.
  • Explain why the direct effects of neurostimulation on seizure activity may not fully represent the beneficial effects of therapy.


Dario J. Englot, MD PhD

Choosing Thalamic Stimulation Strategies

Rushna Ali, MD

Case Discussions: Closed vs. Open Loop Thalamic Programming Strategies

David Burdette, MD

Toward Patient-Specific Response Biomarkers in Closed-Loop Brain Stimulation

Mark Richardson, MD PhD

Case Discussions: Implantation Without Intracranial Monitoring

Jason M. Schwalb, MD

Faculty and Presentations subject to change.