Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better


About the Speakers

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Ifrah Zawar, MD

Dr. Ifrah Zawar is an adult neurologist, epileptologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. Born and raised in Pakistan, she completed her medical school at Aga Khan University, Pakistan. She completed her neurology residency and epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. She serves as the Vice chair of epilepsy and aging SIG of American Epilepsy Society. She serves on the editorial boards of Epilepsy Currents and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her research and clinical interests include generalized epilepsies and epilepsy and aging.

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Elizabeth Thiele, MD, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth A. Thiele is a pediatric neurologist, epileptologist and a Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her medical training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She completed a second residency in child neurology and a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurology at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Thiele organized and established the Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a multidisciplinary comprehensive clinical program for TSC, as well as a ketogenic diet clinic to treat and manage patients with epilepsy. She is also the Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Service at Mass General and a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thiele’s research and clinical interests include the role of diet in epilepsy treatment, genotype-phenotype correlation in TSC, the role of epilepsy surgery in management of intractable epilepsy, outcomes following infantile spasms, and neuropsychological profiles in relationship to tuber number and location in TSC.

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Louis Dang, MD, PhD

Dr. Louis Dang is a pediatric neurologist, epileptologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. He completed a combined M.D./Ph.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and focused his graduate work on how the Notch pathway regulates cell fate choices in the developing forebrain, and also how it is involved in oncogenesis. He then moved to the University of Michigan for a residency in child neurology as well as a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology. His current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of genetic epilepsies and aims to determine how variants in sodium channel and mTOR pathway genes alter brain development and cause severe childhood epilepsies. Dr. Dang is helping to develop a neurogenetics curriculum that can be utilized broadly by child neurologists and trainees.