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Sharon Swanger, Ph.D.

Sharon Swanger, Ph.D.

CANCELLED: (Brain School) Childhood Epilepsy: Understanding Why Seizures Happen


March 19, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Sharon Swanger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine


Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, M203
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

Sharon Swanger, an assistant professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, will explain how the brain’s signaling pathways are altered in children who develop epilepsy, and how emerging research could help address devastating seizure disorders, including Dravet Syndrome.

The 8th Annual Roanoke Brain School speaker lineup features presentations about what influences early brain development and how these factors relate to infant health.

Each evening of Brain School begins with a catered reception and exhibits in the first-floor atrium from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by an hour-long lecture presented by a leading scientist in Room M203. Space is limited and advance online registration is encouraged. Free parking is plentiful on-site at 2 Riverside Circle and the Carilion Clinic parking garage at 4 Riverside Circle.


Brain School is held every March in Roanoke as part of Brain Awareness Week, which unites the efforts of organizations worldwide in a weeklong celebration of the brain. It is spearheaded internationally by the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research, and by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

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This is a free event. The host is Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

Map and Parking

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