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Seizing Hope: High Tech Journeys in Pediatric Epilepsy (World Premiere)

July 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Free

We are excited to invite you to the world premiere of

SEIZING HOPE: High Tech Journeys in Pediatric Epilepsy
5:00PM – 6:15PM PDT
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3M7
View the trailer and RSVP for free to the event here: www.seizinghopefilm.com
This event will be held in-person.

Event timeline
4:15PM Doors open
5:00PM Screening starts
5:45PM Panel and Audience Q&A
6:15PM Public event ends

Can new technology bring hope to children who have drug-resistant epilepsy?

More than 500,000 children in Canada and the USA have epilepsy. About a third of those children continue to have seizures despite taking anti-seizure medications, also known as pediatric drug resistant epilepsy (DRE). Surgery may be one option for them, but what if there is another option that is less invasive or more effective? What if new technology can bring hope to children who have DRE?

Families with children suffering from pediatric drug resistant epilepsy (DRE) face complex realities. In a world guided by the promises of technology, the goal of Seizing Hope is to raise awareness about the options offered by different technologies specifically for the brain in complement or as an alternative to treatment with medication. As the directors and producers of this mini-documentary, we want to empower and improve decision-making by exploring values and priorities through the lens of the families and doctors who care for them. We compiled the stories of four families with children who have pediatric DRE to shed light on their hope, trust, and empowerment journey.

Moderator: Judy Illes, CM, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
Professor and UBC Distinguished Scholar in Neuroethics
Director, Neuroethics Canada
University of British Columbia

Panelists:
Patrick J. McDonald MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Associate Professor and Head, Section of Neurosurgery
Section Head, Neurosurgery, Shared Health Manitoba
Department of Surgery
University of Manitoba

Johann Roduit, PhD
Science Communicator, Producer, and Founding Partner of Conexkt