Facebook Live: Genetics - Everything You Need to Know


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Friday, June 4, 2021

Join us on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Advances in science and medicine over the last decade have led to a better understanding of the ways genetic factors contribute to epilepsy. Please join us for a Facebook Live on Wednesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. ET about "Genetics - Everything You Need to Know." 

Elaine Wirrell M.D., co-editor-in-chief of epilepsy.com, will be asking our panel questions about:

  • What is a gene?
  • What does it mean when we say epilepsy has a genetic cause?
  • Is genetic and inherited the same thing?
  • Is it typically one gene or multiple genes that lead to epilepsy - polygenic vs monogenic? 
  • Which persons with epilepsy should consider genetic testing?
  • If testing is needed, how is it done?
  • What should i know before undergoing genetic testing?
  • and many more!
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Elaine Wirrell

Elaine Wirrell MD

epilepsy.com Co-editor-In-Chief


Annapurna Poduri MD, MPH

Annapurna Poduri MD, MPH

epilepsy.com Genetics Co-Editor



Beth Rosen Sheidley MS, CGC

epilepsy.com Genetics Co-Editor



Kim Nye

Caregiver and Founder of TESS Research Foundation for SLC13A5 Epilepsy

Kim is the founder of the TESS Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that aims to find better treatment options and ultimately a cure for SLC13A5 Epilepsy.

Kim holds a BA from Princeton University where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She did a postbac at Oxford University.  For more than 15 years, Kim has been involved with the pediatric neurology and medical genetics communities in the United States. She is a member of the Rare Epilepsy Network and the Epilepsy Leadership Council, a Lay Reviewer for CURE Epilepsy, and a Reviewer for the Epilepsy Foundation’s Shark Tank Competition.  She is a current Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Rare As One grantee.

Kim lives in California with her husband and their four kids. Two of their children have SLC13A5 Epilepsy, a genetic epilepsy.   

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