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The Epilepsy Exchange Meeting at the Texas Medical Center (EpiEx)

Join us for the Bi-monthly Epilepsy Exchange Meeting at the Texas Medical Center (EpiEx), proudly hosted by the McGovern Medical School of UTHealth Houston. Set within the heart of medical innovation, the Texas Medical Center is renowned for its vibrant community of medical experts. With a dedicated cohort of over 200 specialists committed to epilepsy care and research, Houston stands as a global hub of medical excellence, encompassing prestigious hospitals, universities, research institutions, and healthcare facilities.

Our Epi-TMC research initiative unites luminaries from esteemed institutions including UTHealth Houston's McGovern Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, as well as distinguished hospitals like Memorial Hermann, Children’s Memorial Hermann, Methodist, St. Luke's Medical Center, and Texas Children's Hospital. Collaboratively, we confront research and development barriers head-on. Each EpiEx meeting revolves around a crucial challenge within the realm of epilepsy.

Research subjects span optimized care, neurostimulation techniques, genetic susceptibility, brain imaging innovations, biomarker discovery, novel anti-epileptic drugs, epilepsy surgery advancements, comorbidities, neurobiology insights, clinical trial progress, and global epidemiological studies.

Accreditation Statement:

  • McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

  • McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 Hour(s) Attendance w/ No Credit. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.Join Our Mailing List

Our doors are open wide to the expansive TMC epilepsy community and the wider Houston-Galveston metropolitan area, embracing neurologists, scientists, clinical staff, and all levels of trainees. At each gathering, two presenters will unveil their groundbreaking epilepsy research and/or illuminating case studies. With a 30-minute presentation slot per speaker, followed by 15 minutes of engaging Q&A, our platform encourages vibrant discussions. Our speaker lineup is a tapestry of diversity, interweaving clinical presenters with basic scientists and pairing emerging researchers with seasoned investigators, fostering a fertile exchange of perspectives.

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Please take note that our meetings currently thrive through in-person interactions, forging a robust epilepsy community, and we take pleasure in providing refreshments to all attendees.

Concurrently, we are hoping to foster cross-institutional dialogues between trainees in the epilepsy field. We want to arrange an informal space for the future leaders in epilepsy. 

Upcoming Speaker Sessions


All Sessions will be held at UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School Building, Room 3.001 (3nd Floor Auditorium)
6431 Fannin St. Houston, TX 77030

Non UTHealth Houston employees or individuals without badge access should enter the McGovern Medical School Building through the Webber Plaza entrance. 

Date & Time:

1st Thursday of every other month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, starting on April 11, 2024. 

5:00 - 5:30 pm - Networking and Refreshments

5:30 - 7:00 pm - Speaker Presentation, Q&A, and Discussion

Scheduled Speakers

  • April 11, 2024

    Dr. Jeffrey Noebels, Baylor College of Medicine - "Genes and Mechanisms for SUDEP Risk"

    Cullen Trust for Health Care Endowed Chair in Neurogenetics

    Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Molecular and Human Genetics

    Dr. Sandipan Pati, UTHealth Houston - "Multithalamic Neuromodulation in Dravet Syndrome"

    Associate Professor of Neurology

    Director, Epilepsy Fellowship Program

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  • June 6, 2024

    June 6, 2024 Registration URL:

    Dr. Hugo Bellen, D.V.M., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine – "Fruit flies to study diseases associated with seizures."

    Distinguished Service Professor, Molecular & Human Genetics

    March of Dimes Chair in Developmental Biology

    Chair in Neurogenetics, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute

    Samden Lhatoo, MD, FRCP (Lon), UTHealth Houston - "The Center for SUDEP Research – A Multidisciplinary Collaborative"

    Professor and John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Distinguished Chair in Neurology

    Executive Vice Chair, Department of Neurology

    Director, Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (TCEP)

    Co-Director, Texas Institute of Restorative Neurotechnologies

  • September 5, 2024

    GQ Zhang, PhD, UTHealth Houston – Title TBA

    Vice President & Chief Data Scientist

    Co-Director, Texas Institute for Restorative Neurotechnologies

    Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, and Public Health

    Barna Dudok, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine – Title TBA

    Assistant Professor of Neurology

  • Past Sessions

    February 1, 2024 - Dr. Sameer Sheth, Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Dennis Lal, UTHealth Houston

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For speaker/scientific inquiries, please contact Jay Gavvala,, and Dennis Lal,

EpiEx Steering Committee:

Jay Gavvala, MD, MSCI

UTHealth Houston

Muhammad Ubaid Hafeez, MD

University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston

Mohamed Hegazy, MD

Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center

Dennis Lal, PhD

UTHealth Houston

Steven Lee, MD, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children’s Hospital

Lu Lin, MD, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

Brandy Ma, MD, MPH

Houston Methodist Hospital

Deepankar Mohanty, MD

Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children’s Hospital

Brigitte Reina, MD

UTHealth Houston

Gabriela Tantillo Sepulveda, MD, MPH

Baylor College of Medicine