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Task Force on Spending Policies

Task Force Members

Peter Wolf, Chair
Emilio Perucca  
Guiliano Avanzini  


In order to ensure optimal use of the monies the ILAE has now available to support specific programs related to our objectives, a Task Force for spending policies has been appointed within the Executive Committee, consisting of G Avanzini, E Perucca and P Wolf. This task force has drafted a plan for support of priorities which was accepted by the Executive Committee on 9 March 2007 (see below). The task force has been asked next to develop a similarly detailed document regarding the support of research.

ILAE Spending Policies
(as accepted 9 March 2007)

The economic situation of the ILAE has become healthy enough to invest some money in activities related to the objectives of our organization. However, our funds are limited and must be used in the most considerate ways possible, in order to make optimal use of them. To allow purposeful and transparent decision-making, the following criteria have been accepted by the Executive Committee.

  1. Priorities
    Each Executive Committee should identify priorities for their term of office. These may be in part or totally new priorities, or existing priorities may be continued.  For the office term 2005-2009, the priorities are education, improvement of epilepsy care, and translational research.
  2. Education: activities
    The ILAE will from its central funds only support transnational educational activities which are organized by our own commissions and academies, in particular:
    1. summer schools and similar advanced courses,
    2. distance education programs, and
    3. exchange programs.

    The organizers of all these activities must provide realistic and transparent budgets which include all costs and the local and external support which is forthcoming. The registration fee is calculated based on estimates of otherwise uncovered costs and the expected number of participants. ILAE Executive Committee support will be given as bursaries to enable the participation of persons who cannot pay for themselves, and to assure the organizers with the participation they need for their budget to work.

    Bursaries can be provided for registration fees, accommodation and travel. The ILAE Executive Committee will not contribute directly from central funds to any educational activities.

    The regional commissions, subregional and interregional groups, and ILAE chapters organizing transnational and international courses are encouraged to apply the same principles. Support from central funds of such courses will only be given if these principles are applied.

  3. Improvement of epilepsy care: activities
    The ILAE can support projects which are promoted by the Commission on Epilepsy Care, and aim at measurable and durable improvements of specialized diagnostics and treatment in a defined region or location where these are missing or insufficient. Examples could be the establishment of
    1. a tertiary care facility for regional referral,
    2. a network of decentralised clinics with a mobile EEG, or
    3. a telemedicine service.
    The support should be given as a package comprising advice and planning, education of key personnel, and in some instances adequate equipment.

  4. Translational research
    The ILAE Commission on Neurobiology has been given the task to develop translational research. The ILAE will support such research by providing scholarships for young investigators from abroad to participate. The scholarship program would be organized with the help of the Subcommission on Neurobiology of the Educational Commission in ways preventing “brain drain.”

  5. Master plan
    The ILAE will develop a comprehensive master plan to integrate all these investments in optimal ways.


Peter Wolf
Chair, Task Force on Spending Policies



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