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A Population Based Strategy for Comprehensive Epilepsy Care in Ontario, Canada

O. Carter Snead III, M.D.

Ontario has 95,000 people with epilepsy, 15,000 of whom are children. As is true everywhere else in the world, about one-third of these people have medically refractory epilepsy, and prior to 2013 the care that Ontarians with epilepsy received was uneven and their access to surgical evaluation varied from capricious to non-existent, even in the face of a very good single-payer health care system.

Carter Snead, Co-Chair, Ontario Epilepsy Implementation Task Force, details how his task force helped develop an integrated system for epilepsy care and education in Ontario.

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Final Call for Volunteers

The International League Against Epilepsy Executive Committee invites you to share your expertise, expand your leadership opportunities, and participate in a meaningful way by volunteering for one or more of the committees or task forces of the League. We encourage you to let us know of your interest and skills.


Farewell: Dieter Janz

Dieter Janz

On December 25, 2016, the international epileptological community has lost one of our iconic figures when Prof. Dieter Janz, Berlin, passed away, 96 years old.

Of his numerous and manifold contributions to our field, Prof. Janz is best known for the description, in 1957, of Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, sometimes referred to as Janz Syndrome. He was ILAE Vice President from 1973-1981 and received in 1999 the Lifetime Achievement Award of the ILAE and IBE. He will be deeply missed. More …


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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…

New CDC Report: Risk Factors of Epilepsy Outcomes: Comorbidities in a Population with Epilepsy

CDC report

This report describes outcomes from the South Carolina Epilepsy Surveillance System (SCESS), the only statewide epilepsy surveillance system based on administrative data, coordinated by the Medical University of South Carolina and state agencies, with CDC support. It estimates incidence, prevalence, mortality, and associated risk factors, access to care/specialty care, and sociodemographic characteristics …Read 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

Objective: Determine if common polymorphisms in CACNA1G, CACNA1H, CACNA1I, and ABCB1 are associated with differential short term seizure outcome in Childhood Absence Epilepsy (CAE). (Annals of Neurology, 6 Feb 2017) More …

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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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