SYNC Rounds

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We invite you to SYNC Rounds (Southwestern Ontario Year-round Neurosciences Collaboration), hosted by the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences and the Krembil Brain Institute.

This one-hour collaborative presentation will feature a neurological and neurosurgical perspective on Epilepsy.

First Presentation:

"Advancing the Epidemiology of Neurological Diseases: The Example of Stroke-related Epilepsy, ICES and the NeuRU"

Dr. Jorge Burneo, MD, MSPH, FAAN, FAES, FRCPC

Professor of Neurology, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Western University
Jack Cowin Epilepsy Research Chair, London Health Sciences Center & Western University
Chair/Chief, Division of Neurology, London Health Sciences Center & Western University
Co-Director, Epilepsy Program, London Health Sciences Center & Western University
Medical Director, EEG Laboratory, London Health Sciences Center
Co-Leader, EpLink, Ontario Brain Institute

Dr. Jorge Burneo is Co-Director of the Epilepsy Program and the Chair/Chief of the Division of Neurology at Western University and the London Health Sciences Center. He is also a Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University, and the Medical Director of the EEG Laboratory at the London Health Sciences Center. He holds the Jack Cowin Endowed Chair in Epilepsy Research at Western University.

Dr. Burneo was the President of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE), and the Chair of the Council on Communications at the American Epilepsy Society. He is involved in Committees and Task Forces at the ILAE. He Co-Led the establishment of EpLink, a multicenter epilepsy research initiative in Ontario. He has been a member of the Provincial Epilepsy Strategy, and Ontario Epilepsy ECHO, both initiatives to improve epilepsy care in the Province of Ontario. He recently received the distinction of “Ambassador for Epilepsy Award” by the ILAE, for his numerous contributions to the international community, including collaborating in the development of two epilepsy surgery programs in Peru, training of Latin American and International fellows in his center, and collaborative initiatives within the ILAE, AES, CLAE and the English Caribbean.

His research focuses on epidemiology of epilepsy, particularly disparities in care and outcomes following different interventions. He has more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and has received funding from The Canadian Institute for Health Research, the American Epilepsy Society, the PSI Foundation, the Ontario Brain Institute, the American Academy of Neurology, Lawson Research Institute, Western University, New Frontiers in Research Fund, among others. 

Second Presentation:

"Epilepsy: A Window to Brain Mechanisms and Fostering Collaboration"

Dr. Taufik Valiante, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Gerry and Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration, UHN
Director, Surgical Epilepsy Program, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN
Associate Professor at Department of Medicine, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Co-Director, Max Planck-University of Toronto Centre for Neural Science and Technology
Co-Director, Centre for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application
Surgeon Scientist, Krembil Brain Institute

Dr. Taufik Valiante is a Staff Neurosurgeon (Epilepsy Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and Cranial Neurosurgery) and Surgeon Scientist at University Health Network and Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. He is most notably the Co-Director of the Max Planck-University of Toronto Centre (MPUTC) for Neural Science and Technology; the Centre for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA); and the CRANIA Neuromodulation Institute (CNMI). He is also holds the Gerry and Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration.

Dr. Valiante graduated from the MD/PhD program at the University of Toronto in 1997, and pursued an epilepsy neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he learned Dr. Ojemann's technique of language mapping for patient's undergoing epilepsy surgery. It was there that his “dream” began of building ‘next-generation’ laboratory spaces such as Ojemann’, but focused on enhancing the ‘lab’ into an ecosystem that brings together in real-time basic science, clinical, and scientific fields. His research, education, and discovery pursuits have established world-class infrastructures that are driving the next-generation of transdisciplinary spaces that promote the non-traditional intersectionality of scientific fields of medicine, engineering, and computational work to advance our knowledge and discovery potential that spans from the neuron to the whole brain.

He had the recent honor of being acknowledged by the esteemed Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, for creating the first Max Planck Centre in the World with a Physician lead, altering the potential of how discovery science will transform direct patient care. His efforts in establishing centres such as CRANIA, CNMI, MPUTC are to create a nexus of neural science and technology that drive discovery of therapeutics that are focused on transforming brain health using advanced devices that interface with specific areas of the central or peripheral nervous system.

Dr. Valiante also has a strong engagement with the Epilepsy Community through numerous community Boards, where he became acutely aware of the needs of the community – in particular access to surgical services. Working closely with community partners, UHN and SickKids administration, he developed the chronic disease model that was the basis of the Provincial Epilepsy. His conceptualization of the hub-and-spoke model of Epilepsy care in Ontario predicated on the emerging principles of Chronic Disease Management and WHO’s Innovative Care for Chronic Disease has led to Ontario being the only place in the world with regionalized approach to Epilepsy Care.

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CME Credits

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Western University Evaluation

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Krembil Institute Evaluation

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For CME credits, please log into and use encounter ID#4098 for Dr. Burneo and #2150 for Dr. Valiante.

Please Note: your credits will be added as they are for a typical Grand Rounds presentation.