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Report from the 8th Latin American Congress on Epilepsy (LACE)

LACE-2014

The 8th Latin-American Congress was held in Buenos Aires, September 17 - 20, 2014. The Congress was attended by more than 750 delegates from 40 countries. The program covered a broad range of topics and featured eminent speakers from the region and around the world. A total of 182 abstracts were submitted from centers across America on subjects ranging from cutting-edge basic science to critical community and epidemiological work.

Main sessions included epilepsy in children, epileptic encephalopathy, non-convulsive status epilepticus, and genetics, as well as epidemiological, psychiatric, and neuropsychological aspects and epilepsy translational research. The parallel sessions covered anticonvulsant cost, side effects, and generics, epilepsy surgery in children and adults in America, the ketogenic diet, and epilepsy in the tropics.

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News from ILAE

Temporary changes at Epilepsia

Gary Mathern

Owing to an unexpected illness Gary Mathern will need to step back from Epilepsia for a while. To ensure continued smooth handling of all Epilepsia matters the Executive Committee has given unanimous support to the appointment of Mike Sperling as an interim Co-Editor in Chief. Mike will be working in close partnership with Epilepsia’s other Co-editor-in-Chief, Astrid Nehlig.

We are grateful to Mike for taking the helm at such short notice, and wish Gary a full recovery, expecting to see him back at the helm in due course.

A word from Gary Mathern


Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer Awarded 2014 Prime Minister's Prize for Science

Sam BerkovicIngrid Scheffer

The genetics of epilepsy: bringing hope to families

The two clinician-researchers from the University of Melbourne have led the way in finding a genetic basis for many epilepsies, building on their discovery of the first ever link between a specific gene and a form of epilepsy. Finding that answer has been of profound importance for families.



Epilepsy Regional Teaching Course, Kinshasa

Kinshasa course 2014 participants

The Congolese League Against Epilepsy (LICOCE) held an Epilepsy Regional Teaching Courses from September 6-11 in Kinshasa. Participants came from Burundi, Cameroon, Senegal, Benin and Morocco as well as Kinshasa and the DRC. This workshop was financially supported by the ILAE through its Commission on African Affairs (CAA) and the African Regional Committee (ARC) of The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), and was the first collaborative experience between ILAE and IBRO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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News Around the World
New book: MRI-Negative Epilepsy

Elson So and Philippe Ryvlin have announced the publication of their new book, MRI-Negative Epilepsy, and are graciously donating the editors' royalties to the ILAE. Each chapter critically appraises the role and value of specific diagnostic and treatment techniques to address the challenges of MRI-negative epilepsy surgery.


Yukio Fukuyama

Farewell: Yukio Fukuyama

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Yukio Fukuyama, a true pioneer in the field of pediatric neurology who chaired the Department of Pediatrics at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, for a quarter of a century, teaching and mentoring young doctors and leading us into the 21st century.

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Clinical Research News
Epilepsy: Pregnancy in women with epilepsy—risks and management

The risks of seizures and antiepileptic drug (AED) teratogenicity must be balanced when treating pregnant women with epilepsy. Two recent articles address these risks for newer AEDs. Lamotrigine and levetiracetam carried low risks of malformations, and topiramate exhibited a dose-dependent risk. Levetiracetam controlled seizures more effectively than lamotrigine and topiramate. (doi:10.1038/nrneurol.2014.179)


Prolonged Epileptic Seizures: Identification and Rescue Treatment Strategies

Epileptic Disorders Supplement 2014

Understanding of the mechanisms underlying the predisposition for prolonged seizures may lead to improved management pathways. The contributions published in this supplement of Epileptic Disorders are the final product of constructive debates held during an international experts workshop devoted to the topic of prolonged seizures, particularly in children.

Epileptic Disorders, Vol. 16, Supplement 1, October 2014

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Basic Science of Epilepsy News

Tau reduction prevents disease in a mouse model of Dravet syndrome

Tau ablation prevented the high mortality of Dravet mice and reduced the frequency of spontaneous and febrile seizures. It reduced interictal epileptic spikes in vivo and drug-induced epileptic activity in brain slices ex vivo. Tau ablation also prevented biochemical changes in the hippocampus indicative of epileptic activity and ameliorated abnormalities in learning and memory, nest building, and open field behaviors in Dravet mice. Deletion of only 1 Tau allele was sufficient to suppress epileptic activity and improve survival and nesting performance.


Epilepsia May 2014

Workshop on Neurobiology of Epilepsy appraisal:
New systemic imaging technologies to study the brain in experimental models of epilepsy

Successful application of functional neuroimaging of the whole brain in the animal laboratory now permits investigations during epileptogenesis and correlation with deep brain electroencephalography (EEG) activity. With the continuing development of these techniques and analytical methods, the potential for future translational research on epilepsy is enormous. Epilepsia. doi: 10.1111/epi.12642

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Chapter Spotlight:
Switzerland

YoungStar Training Program
President Günter Krämer presenting the Tissot Medal to Giuseppe Scollo-Lavizzari

The Swiss League Against Epilepsy was founded in 1931 and has been a Chapter of the ILAE since 1964. Their goal is to enhance research in epileptology and inform the public on epilepsy issues to improve the medical and psychosocial situation for people with epilepsy.

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Baltic Sea Summer School

Baltic Sea Summer School Group Discussion

The 8th BSSSE in Trakai, Lithuania in August received unusually high marks from participants. They appreciated the case-oriented studies, the early morning seminars on EEG, semiology and pharmacotherapy, and the tutorials in interactive groups.

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Newly added VIREPA EEG Course

Newly Added EEG Basic course now available

Dates: January 17 – June 29, 2015. Space is very limited.

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Guidelines

Definition of Epilepsy 2014 - New definition and commentaries.

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