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Epilepsy 2020: A vision of the future in epilepsy research

May 8 & 9, 2020

Epilepsy 2020: A vision of the future in epilepsy research is a two-day symposium honoring Professor Jean Gotman and Professor Marilyn Jones-Gotman. With careers spanning five decades at The Neuro, Jean Gotman and Marilyn Jones-Gotman have each, in their field of expertise, contributed tremendously to the advancement of knowledge in epilepsy. This symposium will highlight their contributions in the field as well as focus on current topics and future trends in epilepsy.

This educational event will gather national and international experts in neurophysiology, neuroimaging, cognition and neuropsychology. The intended audience includes neurologists, epileptologists and epilepsy neurosurgeons, neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists and neuropsychiatrists, neuroscientists, neurology residents and graduate students in engineering, neuroscience and psychology.

The registration fee includes course material, welcome reception, daily breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Please note that the registration fee does not include accommodation or travel expenses.

Registration is now open.


Registration is now open.

Registration is $90 until December 15, 2019, after which it is $120.

Student registration is $25 until December 15, 2019, after which it is $35.

Day 1
Biomarkers of epileptogenicity: neurophysiology and imaging

8:30 - 9:00 Welcoming speech – Introduction to Day 1 Dang Nguyen and François Dubeau
High Frequency Oscillations, a new biomarker in epilepsy
9:00 - 9:40 Where do they come from and where are they going? Pete Engel
9:40 - 10:20 HFOs: Do they really mark the epileptic tissue? Julia Jacobs
10:20 - 10:40 Coffee break  
10:40 - 11:20 Back to the future: Is ECoG the answer? Maeike Zijlmans
11:20 - 12:00 Separating healthy from epileptic HFOs Birgit Frauscher
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch break (poster boards - neurophysiology)  
13:15 - 14:10 Keynote lecture: Gloor lecture: EEG and epilepsy – the future Samuel Wiebe
Probing the epileptic focus from inside and from outside
14:10 - 14:50 Finding the epileptic focus with functional imaging Graeme Jackson
14:50 - 15:10 Coffee break  
15:10 - 15:50 Connecting extra- and intra-cerebral signals: How EEG and MEG relate to intracerebral EEG Christian Bénar
15:50 - 16:30 Functional connectivity and network hubs in focal epilepsy Christophe Grova
16:30 - 17:10 Diagnostic and therapeutic use of neurostimulation Philippe Kahane
17:10 - 17:40 Recollections  

Day 2
Cognition and sensory systems in healthy and diseased subjects

8:30 - 9:00 Welcoming speech – Introduction to Day 2 TBD
Neuropsychology in epilepsy and other neurological disorders
9:00 - 9:40 History, major achievements, and future of neuropsychology in epilepsy Gail Risse
9:40 - 10:20 Nneuropsychology in Parkinson’s disease : Contrast PD profiles to those of epilepsy Jelena Djordjevic
10:20 - 10:40 Coffee break  
10:40 - 11:20 Default mode network, aging and dementia Sarah Banks
11:20 - 12:00 Neurocognitive impact of seizures and epilepsy surgery on children with epilepsy Mary Lou Smith
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch break (poster boards - neuropsychology)  
13:15 - 14:10 Keynote lecture: Cognitive effects in obesity: Role of medial temporal lobe structures Dana Small
Epilepsy research widens Penfield’s window on the brain
14:10 - 14:50 How hunger influences sensory processing: Imaging reveals brain changes with learning related to food cues Mark Andermann
14:50 - 15:10 Coffee break  
15:10 - 15:50 Differences in brain structure related to expertise: Brain training Johannes Frasnelli
15:50 - 16:30 Functional connectivity and success in second-Language Learning Denise Klein
16:30 - 17:10 TBD TBD
17:10 - 17:40 Recollections  


Marilyn Jones-Gotman

Marilyn Jones-Gotman, Neuropsychologist, earned her PhD in Psychology from McGill University in 1975. Professor in the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery and in Psychology at McGill, she has been a clinician-scientist throughout her career, spending her professional life half in research and teaching, and half in clinical work. Following her retirement from clinical activities in September 2009, she has continued some research and mentoring and other academic activities. Her research focuses on brain function related to cognition and epilepsy, and on human olfaction and gustation. Growing out of her clinical work, she has a strong interest in neuropsychological tools, and over the years has developed tests tailored specifically for patients with epilepsy, improving the sensitivity and specificity of tasks used in the clinical evaluation of these patients. Her chemical senses research originated in, and intersects with, her epilepsy research. In both domains she has supervised many trainees (postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate honors students, clinical interns), and has lectured in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Jean Gotman

Jean Gotman received an engineering degree from the University of Paris and a PhD in Neuroscience from McGill. He pioneered the automatic detection of spikes and seizures during long-term EEG monitoring and made his methods widely available through Stellate, a company he created in 1986. He published 300 peer-reviewed papers. His research interests include analysis of the EEG, mechanisms of epileptogenesis, seizure generation and spread in humans, High Frequency Oscillations and functional imaging in epilepsy.

Scientific Committee

Francois Dubeau (Chair)
Birgit Frauscher
Mary Lou Smith
Dang Nguyen

Abstract Submission Guidelines

The abstract submission deadline is December 15, 2019. Abstracts will be reviewed by the program scientific committee. Authors will be notified by whether their submission will be accepted or not by January 15, 2020. Clinical and research fellows, residents, medical students, post-docs and graduate students may submit posters. Abstracts should be limited to one page of text in pdf format and not to exceed 500 words, single spaced with a space between the title/author and the main text. Abstracts should be as a part of the registration process for the symposium.

Venue directions


The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is at 3801 University Street, north of Pine Avenue West, on the McGill University campus opposite the former Royal Victoria Hospital.

Montreal is served by highway Routes 10, 15, 20 and 40, and by Greyhound Bus, ViaRail and the P-E-Trudeau airport. In the city, bus and metro service is provided by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).

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Wheelchair access

A wheelchair accessible entrance is on University Street north of the main entrance. Another wheelchair accessible entrance is in the loading area behind the building: to enter the loading area, turn into the driveway south of the main entrance. Please note, there is no parking in the loading area.


Parking near the MNI is sometimes difficult. There are parking meters on University Street and a parking lot north of the main entrance. To enter the lot, turn right into the driveway toward Molson Stadium.

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Taxi Stand

There is a taxi stand on University Street across from the main entrance. You may call a cab from the free taxi phone in the main lobby near the Security Desk.

Access by Public Transportation (STM website)


There are four bus stops within walking distance:

  • Bus 144 stops at Pine Avenue and University Street
  • Bus 356 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street (Nightbus)
  • Bus 107 stops at Pine Avenue and Docteur Penfield
  • Bus 24 stops at Sherbrooke Street and University Street


Take the Metro Green Line to the McGill station. Walk north on University Street and cross Pine Avenue. The main entrance is on the right, past the flags.

Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

  • Enter main lobby turn left and go down the hallway to the end.
  • Turn right and go down the second hallway until you see another hallway on the left.
  • This hallway leads to the Jeanne Timmins Foyer.
  • On your right are the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre entrance doors.


Debbie Rashcovsky
Events Officer

Director's Office
Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital
3801 University Street, Suite 684
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4

Tel: 514-398-6047
Cell: 514-971-6047
Email:debbie.rashcovsky [at] 

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