We have all returned from a very exciting and stimulating 4th Biannual Ketogenic Diet conference in Liverpool UK. Over 400 attendees from 27 countries attended. There was quite a bit of new information on the use of diets in adults, for brain cancer, and ways to start the ketogenic diet more gradually and perhaps avoid side effects. The next meeting will be in 2016 in Banff Canada (outside of Calgary).
The Task Force met as a group for the first time just prior to the conference. Our stated mission was to create a document providing the MINIMUM requirements for a ketogenic diet center. This is in recognition that new centers, especially those in developing countries, may not have the full resources to follow the 2009 Expert Consensus Statement (especially in regards to labs, members of a ketogenic diet team, and supplements). We are actively working on a draft and will be submitting it to a journal very soon (so stay tuned!).
Our big plans for 2015 are to create an electronic “e-learning” PowerPoint slide set to help 1) teach new ketogenic diet centers how to provide the diet and 2) be used by ketogenic diet experts as a lecture tool in conferences. We also plan to have a breakfast symposium at the Biannual ILAE conference in Istanbul in September.
Thanks for visiting our new website and feel free to with any ideas or questions!
Eric Kossoff MD
Chair, ILAE Task Force on Dietary Therapy
Ketogenic Diet Conference Liverpool
Dietary Therapies Task Force 2014