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Second African Epilepsy Congress a Success

AEC2 2014

The 2nd African Epilepsy Congress, Epilepsy in Africa: Bridging the Gap, was held in Cape Town, South Africa 22nd to 24th May 2014. The Congress was attended by 287 delegates from 59 countries, including 88 from South Africa. The programme was diverse and varied, and quality of talks excellent, with good attendance throughout, and much fruitful discussion with regard to the current position of epilepsy care in Africa. A total of 57 posters were presented from centres around Africa, ranging from in vitro assessment of traditional remedies to epilepsy service development.

Anthony Zimba
Anthony Zimba

Emilio Perucca with
Jo Wilmshurst

Congress attendees

The over-riding messages of this Congress were "never give up" and "stand up for epilepsy", ensuring everyone believes that we can all do something to improve the lives of people with epilepsy in Africa.

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Clinical Research News

Articles and commentary about DEPDC5 from the May issue of Annals of Neurology:

The wide phenotypic spectrum of patients with DEPDC5 mutations encompasses many electroclinical epilepsy syndroms and levels of severity.

Mutations in mammalian target of rapamycin regulator DEPDC5 cause focal epilepsy with brain malformations

DEPDC5 mutations in genetic focal epilepsies of childhood

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Nature Reviews Neurology: Special Focus on Epilepsy

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Basic Science of Epilepsy News

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

Losartan prevents acquired epilepsy via TGF-ß signaling suppression

Here we investigated albumin-mediated TGF-ß signaling and tested the efficacy of blocking the TGF-ß pathway in preventing epilepsy. (Ann Neurol., 2014, Accepted article. DOI: 10.1002/ana.24147)

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Chapter Spotlight: India

Satish Chandra
Dr.P.Satish Chandra
President, IES

Founded in 1997, the Indian Epilepsy Society is young and growing. Together with the Indian Epilepsy Association (IEA), it released GEMIND (Guidelines for Epilepsy Management in India) in 2008.

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Application is now open for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

The ILAE’s Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA) provides a variety of online courses about the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy in a highly interactive format. Application deadline: 4 August.


ILAE Congresses

10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress
7 - 10 August, 2014
10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress

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Definition of Epilepsy 2014 - New definition and commentaries.

New translations:
French  French
Italian  Italian
Russian  Russian
Spanish  Spanish

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