We invite you to join us for our Volunteer Reception and Epilepsy Lecture Series. This year we are excited to welcome expert guest speaker, Pediatric Epileptologist, Dr. Evan Cole Lewis. Dr. Lewis will join us to discuss Cannabis and Epilepsy. This event provides a great opportunity to learn about Epilepsy as well as connect with Epilepsy Durham Region and other families that are touched by this neurological disease. 


When: Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 pm

Where: Whitby Public Library Main Branch | 405 Dundas Street West | Room 1B

**Please note, there is a $10.00 registration fee / person for the event**



Guest Speaker: Dr. Evan Cole Lewis | MD, FRCPC, CSCN EEG Diplomate


Bio Overview

Dr. Evan Cole Lewis is a Pediatric Neurologist and Clinical

SenTiva is the smallest and lightest responsive therapy for drug resistant epilepsy

Today we were made aware of an email blast from the American Epilepsy Association regarding a Safety Notice for the LivaNova SENTIVA VNS Therapy device, model 1000.


This message has created a lot of concern within the Canadian epilepsy medical community. We understand the concern regarding this notification from the American Epilepsy Society on the subject of the Therapy devices.


This issue first came to light in August 2019 in the USA. A select number of devices were identified as potentially at risk. All unimplanted devices were removed from circulation, and American centres were alerted to this information.


This safety notification occurred prior to the Health Canada approval of SENTIVA. As such, all products available to Canadian patients are NOT affected by this notification. This safety notice does not apply to those patients implanted in Canada.


We are sorry for the obvious concern



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The Ontario Brain Institute’s (OBI) epilepsy research program (EpLink) is looking to better understand the questions Canadians have about epilepsy and seizures. These questions could be about causes or diagnosis, treatment, managing day-to-day life or managing co-existing conditions related to epilepsy.


Co-existing conditions related to epilepsy include:

  • Rett Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders


If you have epilepsy or experience

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Beginning October 1, 2019, the following OHIP-insured services will be updated as a result of the working group's review.


 The following changes are listed in a summary to improve the quality of patient care:


  • Use More Accurate Diagnostic Imaging for Sinus Problems
  • Update the use of Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring Devices (Loop and Holter Monitors)
  • Improve Access to Primary and Specialty Care by Simplifying Referrals to Specialists
  • Use More Effective Testing to Diagnose Infertility


The following changes are listed in a summary to reduce medically unnecessary services:


  • Perform Procedure to Remove Ear Wax Only When Medically Necessary
  • Conduct Larynx Examinations During Stomach Examinations Only When Medically Necessary
  • Continue Access to Urine Pregnancy Tests When

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