Bringing CNS Members Together to Make Children’s Lives Better



CNS Research Committee

Daniel Calame, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine


Children with Self-Limited Epilepsy with Centrotemporal Spikes have seizures and spikes that
come from the sensorimotor cortices and yet are known to develop difficulties with language. Dr.
Baumer will discuss research regarding how spikes modify brain function and connectivity. She
will describe her work trying to modify spike frequency and brain connectivity non-invasively with
transcranial magnetic stimulation.

About the Speakers

Fiona Baumer, MD

Fiona Baumer, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her child neurology training at Boston Children’s Hospital and her epilepsy fellowship at Stanford School of Medicine, where she is an attending physician and conducts research on the impact of interictal epileptiform discharges on
cognition. She is interested in the interaction between epilepsy and movement disorders, particularly in Sunflower Syndrome, and is leading the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium interest group on this condition. Relevant publications to this seminar include:

  • Baumer FM, Porter BE. Clinical and electrographic features of sunflower syndrome. Epilepsy Res. 2018 May;142:58-63.
  • Madani N, O’Malley JA, Porter BE, Baumer FM. Lacosamide-induced Dyskinesia in Children with Intractable Epilepsy. J Child Neurol. 2020 Sep;35(10):662-666.
  • Beinvogl BC, Rosman NP, Baumer FM, Rodan LH, Forster CS, Kwon AH, Berry GT. A 10-Month-Old with Intermittent Hypotonia and Paralysis. Pediatrics. 2016 Jul;138(1):e20151896. *A case of alternating hemiplegia of childhood.