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  International Epilepsy Congress 2015 Istanbul

5 - 9 September, 2015 – Istanbul, Turkey www.epilepsyistanbul2015.org

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2015 Awards to be presented at the 31st IEC

Frederick Andermann
Frederick Andermann

Lifetime Achievement Award

Fred Andermann‘s scientific activities, dedicated to advance epilepsy knowledge, and his dedication as a clinician to the care of people with epilepsy, span a period of almost 60 years. He has shown an extraordinary ability to identify epilepsy syndromes and to assemble and motivate multidisciplinary teams of researchers to conduct further clinical investigations. more …

Shung-Lon Lai
Shung-Lon Lai
Social Accomplishment Award

Matthew Diamond
Matthew Diamond
Epilepsia Prize

Alexandra Liava
Alexandra Liava

Frederick Andermann
Jeanne Paz
Michael Prize

Ambassador for Epilepsy Awards

Ed Bertram
Edward Bertram


Ingmar Blumcke
Ingmar Blümcke


Roberto Caraballo
Roberto Caraballo


Denise Chapman
Denise Chapman


Aristea Galanopoulou
Aristea Galanopoulou


Jean Gotman
Jean Gotman


Mike Kerr
Michael Kerr


Philippe Ryvlin
Philippe Ryvlin


Dennis Spencer
Dennis Spencer


Frank Vajda
Frank Vajda


Steve White
Steven White


Elza Yacubian
Elza Yacubian


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Jean Aicardi, 1926 – 2015

Jean Aicardi

It is with a great sense of sadness and loss that we learned of the passing of Jean Aicardi, who died the morning of August 3, 2015. Jean was born in 1926 in Rambouillet, France. He earned his MD from the Faculté de Médecine in Paris in 1955 and had his early professional training at the Hôpital des Enfants Malades, also in Paris. It is how he lived those many years that made him an extraordinary figure in epilepsy and child neurology. His entry into this field was not planned, rather it came about through almost chance encounters in his early training in Paris with mentors and colleagues who were interested in neurology and children. As with many highly successful people, he found a path forward through many obstacles, including the lack of formal support for physicians who wished to enter the field of child neurology. More …

Discount on Epilepsy Books for ILAE Chapter Members

John Libbey Eurotext offers 15% discount

ILAE Chapter members can now receive a 15% on all books on Epilepsy published by John Libbey Eurotext.

Use Promotional Code: EPILEPSY when ordering on the John Libbey website.

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Epilepsia remains the top epilepsy journal


Epilepsia's latest impact factor is 4.571, essentially unchanged from last year. Epilepsia remains the top epilepsy journal, ranked 24 of 192 Clinical Neurology journals (up from 26 last year), with the most important and most cited papers.

Read the top 10 cited articles contributing to Epilepsia's new Impact Factor.
Access to these key articles is free for a limited time.

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News Around the World All news

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy:
Mechanisms and New Methods for Analyzing Risks

Seizures & Syndromes of Onset

This book presents a methodology for identifying and classifying clusters of risks that lead to SUDEP. Developed over the last two years, the SUDEP Classification System and Risk Factor Cluster ID method will help to address gaps in our knowledge about the causes and possible prevention of this tragic complication.

Edited by: Claire M. Lathers, Paul L. Schraeder, Jan E. Leestma, Braxton B. Wannamaker, Richard L. Verrier, Steven C Schachter, M.D.

Seizures and Syndromes of Onset in the Two First Years of Life

Seizures & Syndromes of Onset

A reference book on diagnosis, consequences, and management of neonatal and infantile seizures. This book provides new insights on how it is best to approach seizures and epilepsy in the first two years of life, to systematically create a blueprint upon which diagnostic and treatment decisions can be based.

Edited by: Helen Cross, Linda de Vries, Solomon Moshé, Douglas Nordli, Federico Vigevano

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Clinical Research News
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Antiepileptic drugs and intrauterine death: A prospective observational study from EURAP

The most important risk factors for intrauterine death in pregnancies of women with epilepsy include maternal exposure to AED polytherapy and the presence of MCMs in at least one of the parents. T Tomson et al. Commentary: N Jetté. (Neurology 2015 85:580-588)

Relation between stress-precipitated seizures and the stress response in childhood epilepsy

Patients with epilepsy often report that stress can trigger seizures, but many physicians interpret this as recall bias. Van Campen et al. show that stress-sensitivity of seizures, determined either retrospectively or prospectively, correlates with a blunted cortisol response. (Brain 2015 138: 2234-2248)

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Basic Science of Epilepsy News All news

Astrocyte uncoupling as a cause of human temporal lobe epilepsy

Astrogliosis (marked by hypertrophy of astrocytes and upregulation of astrocyte-specific markers) has been suggested to be proconvulsive in temporal lobe epilepsy. In this study, the authors show that there is loss of gap junction coupling between astrocytes in tissue resected from people with epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis; this could underlie improper buffering of K+ ions. … Using an animal model of epilepsy, the authors also show that astrocytic uncoupling is a fairly early process in epileptogenesis. Hence, one can hypothesize that halting astrocytic uncoupling after an initiating event could stop epileptogenesis.

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A novel anticonvulsant mechanism via inhibition of complement receptor C5ar1 in murine epilepsy model

Studying inflammation could give us insights into novel drugs for seizure disorders. In this study, the researchers examined a certain pro-inflammatory complement peptide C5a and its receptor C5ar1 in experimental epilepsy. (Neurobiology of Disease 76(2015) 87-97)

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Epileptic Disorders

Editor's Choice:
Management of epilepsy in resource-limited settings. Comments by Associate Editor Mike Kerr

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Chapter Spotlight:

Treatment Gap

The Epilepsy Association of Pakistan focuses on creating epilepsy awareness among the masses and toward providing quality treatment to patients with epilepsy. Their public awareness campaign is having measurable results.

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VIREPA Application Deadline Extended!

Please see VIREPA course details for information and deadlines for 2015-2016 Academic Year courses.

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Epilepsy & Sports

Diane Borg, Maltese Sportswoman
Maltese Sportswoman of the Year
Diane Borg and friend
Stand Up For Epilepsy® and for full participation in sports.

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Definition of Epilepsy 2014 - New definition and commentaries.

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