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I earned my PhD from the University of Toronto (Pharmacology). My PhD research focused on the anticonvulsant mechanisms of the ketogenic diet, a high fat diet used to treat drug-resistant seizures. I sit on the Board of Directors for the University of Toronto Epilepsy Research Program (UTERP). I... Full Bio
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Brain Awareness Week - Epilepsy Webinar by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Dear all. Brain Awareness Week is March 12-17th and the Ontario Brain Institute has planned a series of virtual events. For details, see www.braininstitute.ca/blo ... Read on »
Ontario steps toward a strategy for comprehensive epilepsy care by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Dear all, A very important development has caused me to emerge from my cocoon of silence. The following message pertains specifically to Ontarians, but those living outsi ... Read on »
Further Rationalization for Comprehensive Epilepsy Care by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Well, it has been a long time since my last post. Hopefully people haven't stopped checking in! I apologize for the hiatus, but having a baby means no sleep, which means no ... Read on »
Further Rationalization for Comprehensive Epilepsy Care by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Well, it has been a long time since my last post. Hopefully people haven't stopped checking in! I apologize for the hiatus, but having a baby means no sleep, which means no ... Read on »
Epilepsy Awareness Month by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Sorry for the long hiatus! In the past 5 months I've graduated with my PhD, started a job, moved into a house and had a baby. So, as you can imagine, life has been a bit he ... Read on »
Epilepsy Awareness Month by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Sorry for the long hiatus! In the past 5 months I've graduated with my PhD, started a job, moved into a house and had a baby. So, as you can imagine, life has been a bit h ... Read on »
A Few Good E-Resources by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures People are taking a more active role in their healthcare More than ever before, people are starting to educate themselves on their health issues. When a diagnosis of epileps ... Read on »
A Few Good E-Resources by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures People are taking a more active role in their healthcare More than ever before, people are starting to educate themselves on their health issues. When a diagnosis of epilep ... Read on »
Classic Migraine Headaches by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures I am a migraine sufferer. I was about 16 when I started to have these crazy visual field disturbances that were followed by a crippling headache, but I didn't know what was go ... Read on »
Classic Migraine Headaches by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures I am a migraine sufferer. I was about 16 when I started to have these crazy visual field disturbances that were followed by a crippling headache, but I didn't know what was ... Read on »
Parenting a Child with Epilepsy: A Journey Continued by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures We have been fortunate to have a guest poster-- a mother of a young boy with epilepsy, who is now on a special diet to help treat his seizures. Here is the third installmen ... Read on »
Parenting a Child with Epilepsy: A Journey Continued by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures We have been fortunate to have a guest poster-- a mother of a young boy with epilepsy, who is now on a special diet to help treat his seizures. Here is the third install ... Read on »
Expressions of Courage by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Art is a great medium for expression. Sometimes it allows us to express things in a way that we otherwise couldn't/wouldn't. I just found out about a great site called Expr ... Read on »
Expressions of Courage by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Art is a great medium for expression. Sometimes it allows us to express things in a way that we otherwise couldn't/wouldn't. I just found out about a great site called Ex ... Read on »
Are Drug Companies Evil? by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures A bit of a loaded question, I realize. My short answer is: "no". For many reasons (some valid, others invalid), people love to hate drug companies. As in any business, a few c ... Read on »
Are Drug Companies Evil? by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures A bit of a loaded question, I realize. My short answer is: "no". For many reasons (some valid, others invalid), people love to hate drug companies. As in any business, a few ... Read on »
The Mysterious "Seizure Threshold" by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures In the basic science realm you often hear epilepsy researchers refer to the "seizure threshold". Experimentally, this refers to the minimum stimulation required to trigger a s ... Read on »
Epilepsy in a Nutshell Wordle by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures My friend Peter Jamieson writes a blog about Ultimate Frisbee (a sport I spend too much time playing) called The Cultimate Opinion. He introduced me to Wordle, a program th ... Read on »
The History of Diet to Control Seizures by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures Here is a copy of the presentation I gave at the 2008 SACEC / UTERP Advances in Epilepsy Care Conference. It outlines a brief history of the use of diet in the treatment of se ... Read on »
Society for the Advancement of Comprehensive Epilepsy Care by Kirk Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Epilepsy & Seizures The Society for the Advancement of Comprehensive Epilepsy Care ( SACEC ) and the University of Toronto Epilepsy Research Program (UTERP) are hosting an Advances in Epilep ... Read on »