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It is with profound sadness that the League learned last week of the death of its former President (1989-1993) and 2001 winner of the League's Lifetime Achievement Award, Harry Meinardi. Harry was the retired Director of Epileptology of the Stichting Epilepsie Instellingen Nederland in Heemstede, the Netherlands and Professor of Epileptology at Radboud University in Nijmegen. He had also served as President of the League's sister organization the International Bureau for Epilepsy.
Harry had an international orientation from the outset. He was born in Nice, France , spent much of his childhood in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), received his medical education in the Netherlands and spent many years pursuing basic research at the Rockefeller University in New York. He was one of those unique individuals who moved easily between the many psychosocial and medical issues of epilepsy and the study of the basic mechanisms of epilepsy in the laboratory. His leadership skills benefitted the ILAE and the IBE as well as the many junior colleagues whom he mentored.
The international epilepsy community has lost a major figure, but his legacy remains in the many people he helped bring to the epilepsy cause.
As a service to members, we have begun an online bulletin board where we will post requests for – and offers of – used EEG equipment. If your institution is upgrading, and could sell or donate used equipment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. View requests and offers at the bulletin board, located under Resources on this website.
The League was pleased to learn that one of our members, Samuel F. Berkovic, was one of seven Australians recognized as a Companion of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth on this year’s Australia Day Honours List (January 26, 2014). It is one of the highest national awards in the country and is reserved for “eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.”
Sam received the honor “for eminent service to biomedical research in the field of epilepsy genetics as a leading academic and clinician, to the study of neurology on a national and international level, and as an ambassador for Australian medical science education.” Sam and his colleagues have been leaders for many years in making major contributions to our understanding of the genetic mechanisms underlying some forms of epilepsy.
Sam is a very active contributor to ILAE activities, being currently a member and past chair of the Commission on Genetics.
Please join us in congratulating Sam on this well deserved recognition and in wishing him future success in his efforts to find the causes of epilepsy.
Improving genetic literacy is one of the core missions of the ILAE Genetics Commission. As part of a comprehensive online strategy, the Genetics Commission will maintain a weblog (“blog”) on recent topics in this field.
Read the blog to discover what the Commission does, and the 5 main questions you should ask them.
The 2013 Commission newsletter includes:
... and more!
The Epilepsy Special Interest Group of Myanmar has been provisionally accepted as a chapter of the ILAE. Final acceptance will be voted at the 31st International Epilepsy Congress in Istanbul in 2015.
Held in Erlangen, Germany, September 16-20, 2013
• Stereo-electroencephalography safety and effectiveness
Wisepress Online Medical Bookshop now offers ILAE members a 15% discount on medical titles including ebooks from all the major publishing companies.
ILAE is pleased to announce the provisional addition of five new chapters:
Final integration of the chapters to ILAE is awaiting confirmation at the General Assembly that will take place during the International Epilepsy Congress in Montreal on June 26, 2013.
Carbamazepine coadministration with an oral contraceptive and announcements
This issue focuses on the stigma of epilepsy, particularly for women. Also, read reports from conferences and countries, and challenges in epilepsy care, past, present and future.
Summary of recent issues from the Quito Epilepsy Congress, November, 2012.
Statement from Silvia Marca Gonzales, child neurologist from Bolivia, regarding her experience at the Latin American Summer School on Epilepsy - LASSE- and her one year ALADE/ILAE sponsored fellowship in epilepsy in Santiago de Chile.
North American Commission Symposium at 4th Biennial North American Epilepsy Congress
Epilepsy Classification: Hot Controversies in 2012
Joint ILAE/AES workshop to optimize preclinical epilepsy therapy discovery.