Genetic Epilepsy Clinics

Episode 10: Genetic Epilepsy Clinics

What should you expect when you attend a genetic epilepsy clinic? What happens when you need to transition from paediatric to adult care? To help answer these questions we talk to Dr Scott Perry, Medical Director, Genetic Epilepsy Clinic, Cook Children’s Hospital.

Hosted by Kris Pierce and David Cunnington, parents of Will, who has SCN2A.

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Guest interview:

Dr. Scott Perry is Medical Director, Neurology; Co-Director, Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center; Medical Director, Genetic Epilepsy Clinic at Cook Children’s Hospital. Dr Perry created the Genetic Epilepsy Clinic at Cook Children’s to improve the diagnosis, understanding, and treatment of children with these rare conditions. In 2019, Dr Perry also established an adult genetic epilepsy clinic.

Dr Perry serves on a number of local, national, and international committees dedicated to improving the care of childhood onset epilepsy. 

You can follow Dr Perry on Twitter: @TheNotoriousEEG

Regular Hosts:

Ms Kris Pierce RN MHSc MWellness, is a rare disease advocate and mother to Will who has SCN2A. Kris has held a range of board, project management, advocate and consumer representative roles and has been instrumental in working with local, state and federal governments to secure funding for multi-million dollar projects. Kris is highly skilled in building teams to work together collaboratively and is a co-founder of Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia (GETA) and SCN2A Australia, and a RARE Global Advocacy Leadership Council member.

Follow Kris on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Dr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and father to Will who has SCN2A. He is director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and at Harvard Medical School in the United States. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular commentator on sleep, both in traditional and social media.
Follow David’s posts on sleep on Facebook or Twitter


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