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Report from the 10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress

AOEC-2014

The 10th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress was held in Singapore August 7 - 10, 2014. The Congress was attended by over 1,300 delegates from 48 countries. The programme covered a broad range of topics selected from recommendations across the region and featured eminent speakers from the region and around the world. A total of 400 abstracts were submitted from centres across Asia and Oceania and from as far as Russia and USA on subjects ranging from cutting-edge basic science to critical community and epidemiological work. Many opportunities for discussion and networking were made, friendships renewed and new acquaintances made.

AOEC 2014
Opening address by Dr Lim Shih Hui, President, Singapore
Epilepsy Society
ECE 2014
Helen Cross, Ingrid Sheffer,
Samuel Wiebe and
Sam Bercovic
ECE 2014
Session chairs came
from around the world

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News from ILAE

Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge

ILAE and IBE Presidents' Ice Bucket Challenge

ILAE President Emilio Perucca and IBE President Thanos Covanis have joined together to urge all to:

  • learn more about epilepsy
  • fight discrimination
  • advocate for better epilepsy care
  • support epilepsy research and
  • celebrate the first International Epilepsy Day the second Monday in February, 2015

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Epilepsy India: Newsletter of the Indian Epilepsy Association and the Indian Epilepsy Society
July – September, 2014

Contents: Definition of Epilepsy | ECON 2014 Kolkata | Bone Health and Epilepsy | Around the World | Upcoming Events | National Epilepsy Day 2013 | Tirupati Oration in Epilepsy


EpilepsyDiagnosis.org – The new online ILAE Diagnostic Manual

The ILAE Commission on Classification and Terminology is pleased to announce the release of a cutting-edge online diagnostic manual of the epilepsies. The manual makes available the latest concepts relating to seizures and the epilepsies in an easy to understand form. The principal goal is to assist clinicians who look after people with epilepsy anywhere in the world to diagnose seizure type(s), classify epilepsy, diagnose epilepsy syndromes and define the etiology.


ILAE Takes Important Step in Uncovering the Genetic Underpinnings of Epilepsy

Lancet

In a study just published in the prestigious Lancet Neurology, an international group of epilepsy researchers assembled by the ILAE Genetics Commission have made an important first step in discovering that whether or not we develop epilepsy may be determined by the combination of genes that we inherit.

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News Around the World
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.


Ingrid Scheffer

Ingrid Scheffer receives Queen's Birthday honours

Ingrid Scheffer, past chair of the Classification and Terminology Commission of the ILAE, was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for distinguished service to medicine as a clinician, academic and mentor, and for research into identifying epilepsy syndromes and genes.

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Clinical Research News

Impairment of ceramide synthesis causes a novel progressive myoclonus epilepsy

Alterations of sphingolipid metabolism are implicated in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative disorders. The authors demonstrated that the mutation decreases C18-ceramide levels. In addition, they showed that downregulation of CerS1 in a neuroblastoma cell line triggers ER stress response and induces proapoptotic pathways. (Annals of Neurology)


Early predictors of refractory status epilepticus: an international two-center study

This study confirms the independent prognostic value of readily available parameters for early RSE prediction. Prospective studies are needed to identify additional robust predictors, which could be added to the proposed model for further optimization towards a reliable prediction scoring system. (European Journal of Neurology)

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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:
Côte D'Ivoire

AILE

L’Association Ivoirienne de Lutte contre l’Epilepsie a été créée le 26 juin 2003. Notre motivation a été la campagne mondiale de lutte contre l’épilepsie de l’OMS "Sortons l’épilepsie de l’ombre."

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VIREPA

Applications still being accepted 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.

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Guidelines

Definition of Epilepsy 2014 - New definition and commentaries.

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ILAE Congresses

8th Latin American Congress on Epilepsy
17 - 20 September, 2014
8th Latin American Congress on Epilepsy (LACE)
Buenos Aires

 

   
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