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Patient/Caregiver Education

Veterans & Epilepsy - Basic Training

Caregiver Webinars

- Memory in Epilepsy - Tracy Broomhead, RN - March 5, 2020 -
- Epilepsy Self- Management & Community Resources
– Natacha Jean – Noel, NP – November 7, 2019 –:
- Women’s Issues - Divya Singhal, MD – October 2, 2019 -: Women's Issues in Epilepsy
- Post Stroke Seizures  - Tracey Broomhead – June 6, 2019 -:
- Cannabinoids
- Chris Ransom, MD  - December 6, 2018 –:
- Medical Adherence – Kathy Totice, Pharm D - October 4, 2018 -:

Epilepsy: What Actually Happens?

YouTube - Veterans and Epilepsy: Basic Training Series*

Veterans and Epilepsy: Basic Training - series on YouTube with 9 videos.
- YouTube: Basic Training: Epilepsy and TBI
YouTube: Basic Training: Diagnosis
- YouTube: Basic Training: Psychosocial Issues
YouTube: Basic Training: Medications
- YouTube: Basic Training: Seizure First Aid
- YouTube: Basic Training: Introduction to Epilepsy & the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence
- YouTube: Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures
YouTube: Basic Training: Surgery Interventions 
YouTube: Basic Training: Women's Issues

Epilepsy Self-Management Handbook

Self-Management Guide (PDF)

This guide was developed by our ECoE national nursing workgroup. It is designed as a tool to give advice to epilepsy patients about managing medications, staying safe, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Epilepsy and Seizures in Veterans Quick Series

In association with Quick Series®, the VA ECoE has developed the above information booklet on Epilepsy and Seizures. It includes summary information regarding the definition, diagnosis, treatments, and safety guidelines for patients with epilepsy. 

If you would like to request a copy, please include your mailing address in an email to


Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)

Epilepsy Phenomes/Genome Project

The Epilepsy Phenomes/Genome Project is a research project sponsored by a consortium of epilepsy centers and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) working to identify genes that influence the development of epilepsy and drug responsiveness. For more information, please read the documents below or go to the Epilepsy Phenomes/Genome Project website: *

Epilepsy Phenomes/Genome Project contact information:
Phone: (888) 279-EPGP

Epilepsy - Video Presentations

Epilepsy Medication and Side Effects Yana Kriseman, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Socioeconomic Effects of Epilepsy Siddharth Kharkar, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Epilepsy and Depression Manu Hegde, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Cognitive Effects of Epilepsy Jeffrey Bigelow, MD, MPH Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Introduction to Epilepsy and Seizures Sarah Shalev, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Epilepsy: Coping with Seizures and Stress Gilbert Woo, MS, MFTI Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Epilepsy and Traumatic Brain Injury John Hixson, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Seizure Response and First Aid Josiah Ambrose, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Epilepsy and Sleep Arif Kabir, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)
Introduction to Seizures and Epilepsy Karen Parko, MD Slides Video (WMV) Video (MP4)

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