Neuro Workshop - Connectomics in Epilepsy: Disease Biomarkers, Models of Cognition and Big Data Network Science (Virtual)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 10:00to16:00

Established scientists and early career researchers will take centre stage for a series of talks on state-of-the-art application of connectome analysis in the understanding of cognitive and clinical dimensions of epilepsy. In addition to these talks, there will be ample time for stimulating discussions on where the field is at and how we can move forward.

It is increasingly recognized that epilepsy is a disorder of whole-brain networks. New techniques to image and to analyze brain connectivity has furthermore given a comprehensive, ‘big data’ perspective on brain networks, and to detect their alterations in epileptic disorders. In this virtual workshop, we aim to overview how these approaches have provided novel insights into the impact of epilepsy on the whole brain, and how these tools are beginning to deliver clinically useful biomarkers and novel models of cognitive function and dysfunction

This is a free event thanks to SickKids and The Neuro.

Registration is available on Eventbrite. ZOOM link sent to registrants.

Vimeo (livestreaming) https://vimeo.com/469786636



10:00 - 10:15 Opening remarks

10:15 - 11:30  Session 1: Connectome Biomarkers 

Chairs: Dewi Schrader, University of British Columbia, Andrea Bernasconi, Montreal Neurological Institute, Ed Hogan, Washington University St. Louis

"Evolving Network Model for Biomarkers of Treatment Outcome in Focal Epilepsy" - Vicky Morgan (Vanderbilt University)

"The Connectomics and Vagus Nerve Stimulation Outcome Study (CONNECTiVOS)" - George Ibrahim (SickKids Toronto)

"Connectome Biomarkers in the Early Stages of Epilepsy" - Simon Keller (University of Liverpool)

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and Gather Space (Via Zoom)

12:30 - 1:45   Session 2: Cognitive Connectomics

Chairs: Mary Pat McAndrews, University of Toronto, Luis Concha, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Matthias Koepp, University College London 

"Towards a Connectome Perspective on Cognitive Dysfunction in Epilepsy: Multiscale Profiling and Dynamic Connectivity Analysis" - Lorenzo Caciagli (University of Pennsylvania)

"Cognitive Phenotypes in Epilepsy: Moving Towards Precision Neuropsychology" - Anny Reyes (University of California at San Diego)

"Functional Connectivity Patterns Associated Compensatory Memory Reorganization in Epilepsy" - Joe Tracy (Thomas Jefferson University)

1:45 - 2:00   Coffee and Quiz Time

2:00 - 3:15   Session 3: Big Data Network Models

Chairs: Carrie McDonald, University of California San Diego, Neda Bernasconi, Montreal Neurological Institute, Fernando Cendes, University of Campinas  

"Network-Based Alterations in the Common Epilepsies: Findings from the ENIGMA-Epilepsy Consortium" Sara Lariviere (Montreal Neurological Institute)

"Understanding Treatment Outcomes from Structural Neuronal Networks" - Leo Bonilha (Medical University South Carolina)

"Connectomics in Epilepsy: The Why and Wherefore" - Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania)

3:15 - 4:00  Open Discussion


Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania)

Leo Bonilha (Medical University South Carolina)

Lorenzo Caciagli (University of Pennsylvania)

George Ibrahim (SickKids Toronto)

Simon Keller (University of Liverpool)

Sara Lariviere (Montreal Neurological Institute)

Vicky Morgan (Vanderbilt University)

Anny Reyes (University of California at San Diego)

Joe Tracy (Thomas Jefferson University)

Workshop Co-Organizers and Session Chairs

Sara Lariviere (Montreal Neurological Institute)

Boris Bernhardt (Montreal Neurological Institute)

Dewi Schrader (UBC Vancouver)

Ed Hogan (Washington University of St Louis)

Andrea Bernasconi (Montreal Neurological Institute)

Mary Pat McAndrews (Krembil Research Institute, University of Toronto)

Luis Concha (UNAM Queretaro)

Carrie McDonald (University of California at San Diego)

Neda Bernasconi (Montreal Neurological Institute)

Fernando Cendes (University of Campinas)

Debbie Rashcovsky (Montreal Neurological Institute)


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