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UPMC Children’s at AES 2023

September 20, 2023

Connect with UPMC Children’s Division of Child Neurology and Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery faculty at the 2023 American Epilepsy Society annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, December 1-5.


Please join UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for an evening reception at AES 2023 on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Celebration Rooms 12-13 on the Convention Level.

We look forward to connecting with friends, alumni, and colleagues to share more about our new traveling patient program and referral options for epilepsy surgery at UPMC for both pediatric and adult patients.

Educational Sessions

Be sure to stop our presentation and poster sessions throughout the conference to hear from some of our faculty about their newest research.

Can't attend AES? There's still an opportunity to connect! Visit our referral webpage for more details on how to refer a patient or contact our physician teams.


Poster Session 1

Date: Saturday, December 2

Title: Lamotrigine and Exogenous Estrogen Among Females with Epilepsy: An Analysis of Administrative Claims Data

Authors: Laura Kirkpatrick, Samuel W. Terman, Elizabeth Harrison, Page B. Pennell

Poster Board Number: 1.238

Location: Poster Hall Location: West Hall C, Level 2 


Poster Session 2

Date: Sunday December 3, 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Poster Board Number: 2.329

Location: Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, West C Lobby, Level 2

Title: Treatment of Pediatric Drug-Resistant Generalized Epilepsy with Responsive Neurostimulation of the Centromedian Nucleus of the Thalamus: A Case Series of Seven Pediatric Patients

Authors: Mikaela Speakes1, MD; Kiersten Reznik, PA-C1; Taylor Abel, MD2; and William Welch, MD1

1Division of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh

2Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh


NOTE: This poster was selected for the AES Pediatric Epilepsy Highlights Session, which includes a special presentation of this research.

Date: Monday December 4, 3:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: Orange Country Convention Center, West Concourse, Tangerine Ballroom, West Hall F (WF4), Level 2



Session: Platform E: Surgery

Date: Monday December 4, 2023, 3:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Session Moderators: Ruba Al-Ramadhani, MD, and Chengyuan Wu, MD


There are three concurrent sessions of selected key scientific abstracts. Authors present a 10-minute overview of their work followed by a five-minute Q&A session.


Session: Platform E | Surgery

Date: Monday December 4, 2023, 3:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Presentation Title: Characterizing Cognitive and Neuropsychological Outcomes Following Pediatric Hemispherectomy

Authors: Michael Granovetter, PhD1; Sophia Robert2; Christina Patterson, MD3; and Marlene Behrmann, PhD2,4

1School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

2Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

3Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh

4Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh

Platform Session Number: E.03

Scheduled Time: 3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, W311 F-H, Level 3


Special Interest Group: SIG | Engineering and Neurostimulation: Advances in the Surgical Treatment of Children with Refractory Epilepsy

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 7:00am – 8:30am

Presentation Title: Novel Neurotechnologies in Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Presenter: Taylor J. Abel, MD