Seizing Hope: High Tech Journeys in Pediatric Epilepsy (Special film screening event at the BC Children’s Hospital)

4:00PM – 5:00PM PDT
Monday, Oct 3, 2022
SHY D308, Shaughnessy Building, BC Children & Women’s Hospital, 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1

3:30PM Doors open
4:00PM Screening starts
4:30PM Panel and Audience Q&A
5:00PM Adjourn

Judy Illes, CM, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS
Professor and UBC Distinguished Scholar in Neuroethics, Director, Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia

Heather Bagg
Parent Stakeholder

Mary B. Connolly, FRCP, MBBCH
Investigator and Director, Epilepsy Surgery Program, BC Children’s Hospital
Head, Division of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

Johann Roduit, PhD
Science Communicator, Producer, and Founding Partner of Conexkt

Please note that seating is general admission and is first-come, first-served. Tickets obtained through registration at Eventbrite do not guarantee guests a seat at the theatre. Theatre is overbooked to ensure a full house.


Families with children suffering from pediatric drug resistant epilepsy (DRE) face complex realities. In a world guided by the promises of technology, the goal of Seizing Hope is to raise awareness about the options offered by different technologies specifically for the brain in complement or as an alternative to treatment with medication. As the directors and producers of this mini-documentary, we want to empower and improve decision-making by exploring values and priorities through the lens of the families and doctors who care for them. We compiled the stories of four families with children who have pediatric DRE to shed light on their hope, trust, and empowerment journey.

The views and research presented in this documentary represent a multi-year neuroethics project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health of the USA National Institutes of Health, BRAIN Initiative.


Neuroethics Canada UBC, with funding from the NIH/NIMH BRAIN Initiative (#RF1MH117805-01) in association with Conexkt Innovation Studio And Cassiar Film CO. present Seizing Hope.
Featuring the Bagg, Chartrand, Thompson, and Cowin families.
Executive Producers Dr. Judy Illes and Dr. Patrick J. McDonald.
Produced by Dr. Johann Roduit. Directed by Adam Wormald

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