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4th East Mediterranean Epilepsy Congress
Luxor, Egypt

4th EMEC 2017 in Luxor

The 4th East Mediterranean Epilepsy Congress (EMEC) was held on 16th-18th February 2017 in the city of Luxor on the east bank of the Nile River in Southern Egypt. The congress hosted more than 360 delegates from 30 countries. The majority of participants came from the neighboring countries, as well as countries as far away as Argentina and Afghanistan. Read full report and view more photos.

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ILAE and IBE Announce 2017 Awards

Charlotte Dravet
Charlotte Dravet
Lifetime Achievement Award

The IBE/ILAE congress awards are presented biennially at the time of the International Epilepsy Congress, to honour individuals who have made significant contributions, over a long period of time and at international level, in the field of epilepsy. There are three categories: Ambassador for Epilepsy, Social Accomplishment, and the highest honour, Lifetime Achievement Award. See all awards

Günter Krämer chosen as new ILAE Wikipedia Editor-in-Chief


The ILAE has taken the unique opportunity to convey through Wikipedia the most authoritative and up-to-date information about epilepsy, working jointly with our ILAE journals (Epilepsia, Epilepsia Open, and Epileptic Disorders). Under the leadership of ILAE Wikipedia Editor-in-Chief Günter Krämer and Associate Editors Selim Benbadis and Nicola Maggio, the editorial team will Read more …

WHO extends status of Official Collaboration to the ILAE

We are delighted to hear that, during their recent triennial review of their relations and collaboration, the WHO Executive Board decided to maintain official relations with the ILAE. We will endeavor to strengthen our collaboration in the coming years, working towards the goal of improving lives of people with epilepsy throughout the world. Read more …

New ILAE Seizure Classification and slides

The ILAE announces the publication in Epilepsia of two new landmark classification documents, one of seizure types and one of the epilepsies. In addition, there are two new supporting slide presentations:

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Epilepsy and Law in India

The Indian Epilepsy Association and the Indian Epilepsy Society published this data to make it readily available to people with epilepsy, their caregivers, physicians, and the general public. Note that the intent is solely to make available the various provisions under the Indian Law. Users must make the final decision about their individual situation after verifying the facts in consultation with the legal experts.

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Seizure Journal offers free issue in celebration of 25th Anniversary

The 25th anniversary of the founding of a medical journal is a notable milestone and a cause for celebration. Seizure — European Journal of Epilepsy has now reached this milestone, and in gratitude and celebration is offering a free copy of the 25th anniversary Special Issue.

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NIH Awards $21 Million to Research Consortium to Study Epilepsy in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries

An international consortium of academic research institutions have been awarded a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop better ways to prevent epilepsy in patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. More…

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Nodding syndrome may be an autoimmune reaction to the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus

Nodding syndrome is an epileptic disorder of unknown etiology that occurs in children in East Africa. There is an epidemiological association with Onchocerca volvulus, the parasitic worm that causes onchocerciasis (river blindness), but there is limited evidence that the parasite itself is neuroinvasive. (Science Translational Medicine, 15 Feb 2017) More …

Pharmacogenetics of Antiepileptic Drug Efficacy in Childhood Absence Epilepsy

Four T-type calcium channel variants and 1 ABCB1 transporter variant were associated with differential drug response in CAE. The in vivo P640L variant's ethosuximide effect was confirmed by in vitro electrophysiological studies. This suggests that genetic variation plays a role in differential CAE drug response. () (Ann Neurol 2017;81:444–453) More …

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Interfering with the Chronic Immune Response Rescues Chronic Degeneration After Traumatic Brain Injury

The focus of this paper is whether and how neurons that survive in the brain after an injury contribute to long-term deleterious effects. After the closed-head model of TBI, mice were shown to have tissue damage, a reduction in dendritic spine density, an increase in inflammation, and an increase in activation of microglia and astrocytes. These changes were widespread and persistent. (Journal of Neuroscience 21 September 2016) More …

WONOEP appraisal: Biomarkers of epilepsy-associated comorbidities

Epilepsia January 2017

The objective of this appraisal is to present state-of-the-art recent research findings in the field that highlight potential biomarkers for comorbidities in epilepsy. It reviews recent progress in the field, including molecular, imaging, and genetic biomarkers of comorbidities and highlights new directions and concepts from studies on comorbidities and potential new biomarkers for the prediction, diagnosis, and treatment of epilepsy-associated comorbidities. Epilepsia. DOI: 10.1111/epi.13652. More …

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