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Commission on Education

Commission Members

Elza Márcia Yacubian, Chair Esper A Cavalheiro
Milda Endziniéné Hassan Hosny
Jeffrey L Noebels Margarete Pfäfflin, Secretary
Professionals Allied to Medicine
Perrine Plouin Alejandro Scaramelli, Treasurer 
Bettina Schmitz Masakazu Seino 
J Verena Hézser-v.Wehrs  


  • To design and implement an educational system which makes quality-controlled education in epilepsy globally available to all professionals dealing with epilepsy;
  • To promote and make use of all  relevant educational methods in a modular system;
  • To establish and make available a faculty of certified trainers and tutors to enhance education world-wide;
  • To recognize educational activities within the ILAE and establish educational networks, mentorship and all additional structural elements of academic education;
  • To establish standards and guidelines for funding and bursaries in education; and
  • To establish standards and guidelines for educational activities within the ILAE

Activities and accomplishments (January 2005-December 2006)

The commission was newly established, no prior structure or models of activities and no budget were available. As a first step, an overview of existing educational activities within the responsibilities of the commission members was made. Some sub-commission activity was especially promoted and supported through the commission in order to initiate educational activities in developing regions.

Sub-commission activities and accomplishments were as follows:

Asian-Oceania (Masakazu Seino)
The activities of ASEPA (Asian Epilepsy Academy) developed in 2006 included:

  1. An Epilepsy Workshop in Nanning, Guangxi, China;
  2. EEG Qualification Examination in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  3. Two Teaching Courses: Neuroimaging in Guangzhou and Epilepsy Surgery in Shizuoka; and
  4. 6th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16-19 November, 2006 attended by 1600 registrants with more than 300 contributions submitted.

Basic Science (Esper A Cavalheiro)
A course was developed on basic aspects of epilepsies, as pre-Congress activity during the Guatemala Latin American Epilepsy Congress on 6 September, 2006. This activity involved participants of the Educational and the Neurobiology Commissions of ILAE.

Distance Education (Verena Hézser-v.Wehrs)
Two running courses initiated in 2006:

  1. Genetics III (September 2006 until March 2007) with 29 participants from Brazil, China, Europe, India, Pakistan, Qatar, Tunisia, USA)
  2. EEG in the Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsy (October 2006 until March 2007) with 30 participants from 21 European countries

During the AES Congress in San Diego in December 2006 planning meetings took place for two new courses to be launched with onsite teaching sessions in Singapore in July 2007:  ‘Neuroimaging’ (in cooperation with the Commission on Diagnostic Methods, Sub-commission on Imaging) and ‘Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy’ (in cooperation with the ILAE Commission on Therapeutic Strategies). www.eurepa.de/ilias3/

East Europe (Milda Endziniene)

Three courses under the auspices and partial sponsorship of Commission On European Affairs:

  1. “Modern Trends in Epilepsy”, a two-day course, in Brno (Czechia), April 2006, during the 37th International Danube Symposium.
  2. “Diagnosis, Treatment and Social Aspects of Epilepsy”, a two-day course in St Petersburg (Russia), June 2006, a Helsinki ECE Satellite.
  3. “Epilepsy Surgery”, a five-day course in Slovenia, August 2006, in cooperation with French epileptologists.
  4. The First Migrating Course on Epilepsy in Babe/Serbia and the first Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy Druskininkai/Lithuania are being prepared to take place in 2007. www.epilepsy-academy.org 

East Mediterranean (Hassan Hosny)
The Ministry of Health supported basic and advanced three to four day epilepsy courses on a bi-annual basis for around 30-40 doctors of different backgrounds. It forms some kind of umbrella for neighboring countries. This is quite an achievement! The first East Mediterranean Epilepsy Congress in Luxor, Egypt is being prepared (February 2007)

Francophone (Perrine Plouin)
A “Training the Trainers” course in Dakar, Senegal, 23-26 November, 2006; as doctors’ training, the first day was dedicated to training teaching; the second, to EEG and epilepsy; in the third, a workshop with clinical epileptology crossed experience in epilepsy management (urban and countryside; In this meeting “caravans of epilepsy,” which are teams of a practitioner and an assistant, visited rural areas. They worked with patients, families, school teachers, community leaders, and traditional practitioners providing information and education about epilepsy. The “Training the Practice of EEG”, with European and African technicians and PAMs was also created.

Latin America (Alejandro Scaramelli)
During the Latin American Congress in Guatemala (6 to 9 September, 2006) it was decided to develop:

  1. The Latin American Epilepsy Academy. Later, its name in Spanish was created (ALADE, for Academia Latino Americana de Epilepsia);
  2. A video-EEG discussion of clinical cases, during the same congress; and
  3. “Epilepsy in Children”, Montevideo, Uruguay, 23-24 November 2006, a Regional Course including participants from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Lusophone (Elza Márcia Yacubian)

  1. The first Lusophonic “Training the Trainers” course was held in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil, 21-23 June 2006 and included five participants from Brazil, five from Portugal, three from Mozambique, one from Angola and one from Cape Verde;
  2. A Course for EEG technicians from the Instituto Superior de Enfermagem de Angola, Universidade Agostinho Neto, September-October 2006 in São Paulo, Brazil.

North America (Jeff Noebels)
The Annual Meetings with educational focus are well known and well used. In addition, an in-term-mid-year meeting has been established. Small workshops initiated by people who apply for support are quite common. Newly, several international programs are emphasized (e.g. seminar at Rhodes University, Grahamstown / SA and Gordon conference in epilepsy research).

Professionals Allied to Medicine – PAM (Margarete Pfäfflin)
The program is being developed continuously; several workshops and introductions have taken place (e.g. Germany, January 2006; Hungary, April 2006; Malta, June 2006; Lithuania, November 2006; European Congress in Helsinki, 2006; IBE Congress in Denmark, 2006).

In Germany the PAMs programs run on a regular basis. Next step is to disseminate to other countries. As PAMs courses are connected with patient education programs the translation of the MOSES programs for adults, children and their parents into different languages is in progress (English, Japanese, Czech, Lithuanian, etc.) http://www.epilepsy-academy.org/homepage/de/projects/29.html .

West Europe (Bettina Schmitz)A migrating course on epilepsy surgery for beginners was developed in 2006 by Cigdem Özkara and will focus on Central and East European countries. In 2005/06 more than fifty EUREPA accredited courses have been held – all listed on the webpage: www.epilepsy-academy.org

In order to make education available the commission started cooperation with the newly initiated task force, Faculty of 1000, chaired by Emilio Perucca. A call for nomination to this faculty was set up to build a pool of lecturers and experts for any educational activities. During a planned workshop in June 2007 in Paris the Commission will work especially on organizational, financial and structural concepts to ensure quality-controlled education in epilepsy globally available and develop guidelines about bursaries.

Elza Márcia Yacubian
Chair, Commission on Education


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