PERC Genetics Special Interest Group

The PERC Genetics SIG focuses on genetically-mediated epilepsies with an interest in:

  1. Identifying and characterizing patients with or without epilepsy who have known or potentially causative variants in genes associated with epilepsy
  2. Examining patterns and yield of genetic testing
  3. Facilitating multi-institutional collaborative studies into genetic epilepsy

Our members

  • Jason Coryell – Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Julie Ziobro – University of Michigan
  • Sonal Bhatia – Medical University of South Carolina
  • Natasha Ludwig – Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Ryan Gill – Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Scott Demarest – Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Kristen Park – Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Zachary Grinspan – Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Ingo Helbig – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Ittai Bushlin – Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Mahesh Chikkannaiah – Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Rachit Patil – Hasbro Children’s Hospital
  • Emily Spelbrink – Stanford Medicine Children’s Health
  • Renee Shelhaas – Washington University of St Louis
  • Annapurna Poduri – Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Tristan Sands – Columbia University
  • Anthony Fine – Mayo Clinic
  • Erika Axeen – University of Virginia
  • Joseph Sullivan – University of California, San Francisco
  • Debopam Samanta – Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Eric Armour – University of Michigan

Our projects

PERC has created a genetic database to record known pathogenic variants and variants of unknown significance found through genetic testing. The specific aims are:

  1. To build a platform for capturing specific clinical data elements to facilitate understanding of the natural history
  2. Facilitate recruitment for future studies and clinical trials. The PERC Genetics Database went into production in March 2022 and is housed at Oregon Health Sciences University. This is detailed in a poster presentation at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting in 2022.

Meeting schedule

4th Monday of each month at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT