Chair & Contact Information:
Dr. John Duncan
Secretary – The National Society for Epilepsy
Chalfont St. Peter, Gerrrards Cross
Buckinghamshire SL9 9RJ, UK
Phone: +44 1494 601341
Fax: 44+1494 876294
Chair: JS Duncan (London, UK )
Secretary: T Henry (Atlanta, USA)
R. Fisher (San Francisco, USA)
M. Jonesgotman (Montreal, Canada)
I. Mothersill (Zurich, Switzerland)
F. Lopes Da Silva (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
member chairs a subcommission, as follows.
complete membership of the subcommissions is not yet finalized.
At the present time it, and the objectives are:
Chair: T Henry (USA)
Secretary: F. Cendes (Brazil)
Members: R. Bronen (USA)
J. Duncan (UK), C. Chiron (France)
W. Gaillard (USA)
R. Kuzniecky (USA)
I. Savic (Sweden)
P. Satishchandra (India)
on Neuroimaging of children with epilepsy.
on the standardization of imaging formats between Centers.
of Current situation on Neuroimaging of animal models of epilepsy.
of Current situation on Neuroimaging and the biology of the
epilepsies including development and neuroprotection, plasticity
skills workshop at ILAE meeting in 2003.
Chair: R Fisher (USA)
Secretary: W Emde Boas (Netherlands)
Document on definitions of epilepsy and of seizures.
Chair: M Jonesgotman (Montreal, Canada)
Secretary: Mary Lou Smith (Ontario, Canada)
Gail Risse (Minnesota, USA)
Michael Westerveld (Connecticut, USA)
Susan Bookheimer (California, USA)
Sally Baxendale (London, UK)
Anna Rita Giovagnoli (Milan, Italy)
Tatia Lee (Hong Kong)
Michael Saling (Melbourne, Australia)
Brazilian member to be named
on minimum standards for neuropsychological assessment prior
to epilepsy surgery.
for epilepsy skills workshop at ILAE meeting in 2003.
CLASSIFICATION OF SEIZURES
Chair: I. Mothersill (Zurich, Switzerland)
Secretary: P. Hilfiker (Zurich, Switzerland)
T. Grunwald (Bonn, Germany)
A. Ebner (Bethel, Germany)
W. van Emde Boas (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
J. Alving (Denmark)
W. Blume (London, Canada)
of "Signs of Epileptic seizures CD"
of Nonepileptic attacks CD
interpretation skills workshop at ILAE meeting in 2003.
Chair: F Lopes Da Silva (Netherlands)
Secretary: G Battaglia (Italy)
Jean Gotman (Canada)
Brian Litt (USA)
Bernard Renault (France)
Klaus Lehnertz (Germany)
Dimitri Velis (Netherlands)
Sylvia Kochen (Argentina)
for Standardization of digital EEG format for intersite transmission.
skills workshop at ILAE meeting in 2003.
The Diagnostic Strategies Commission had a productive year. The
Commission met in Prague at the International Epilepsy Meeting (fall
1999) and subcommissions met both in Prague and at the American
Epilepsy Society Meetings in December 1999
Dr Marilyn Jones-Gotman's subcommission offered a symposium, September
1999 in Prague, which focused on the intracarotid amobarbital procedure
Topics addressed included the IAP and memory, the IAP and language
and cerebral dominance, and the IAP in children. The symposium also
considered the application of functional neuroimaging techniques
for localization of eloquent cortex and for assessing memory. The
conference faculty included Dr Savic-Berglund, Dr Piazzini, Dr Risse,
Dr Westerveld, Dr Samson and Dr Jones-Gotman.
The subcommission will be offering a neuropsychology skills workshop
in Buenos Aires 2001.
The neuroimaging subcommission, chaired by Dr John Duncan, produced
a consensus statement on the clinical use of functional imaging
This document is presented to the executive committee for approval,
with plans to then proceed with publication in Epilepsia.
The subcommission is organizing a two day program, Imaging Skills
Course, to be held in association with the 24th International Epilepsy
Congress in Buenos Aires "Neuroimaging in Epilepsy: a practical
course. The meeting will be sponsored as well by the Commission
for Latin American Affairs with the goal to bridge the gap between
developing and developed countries in skills necessary to perform
up-to-date neuroimaging. Specific aims will be education in the
implementation of new techniques. Dr Arthur Sonnen's subcommission
on video classification of seizures has completed a CD ROM collection
of seizures. Contracts are currently being drawn up with ILAR, HMR
(the sponsors) and the production committee with the intent to begin
distribution in 2000.
Dr Ettore Beghi chaired a workshop on pregnancy registries in Prague
1999. Representatives attended the meeting from the majority of
established pregnancy registries. Mainly as a result of Dr Beghi's
efforts, the workshop culminated in a document outlining the structure
of a potential global pregnancy registry. This will be published
in Epilepsia. A proposal is being put forth to the Executive committee
to establish an ILAE/IBE sponsored global pregnancy registry.
Other activities of the Commission
Dr Lopes de Silva held a conference on pharmacoresistant epilepsy
in Prague 1999. A manuscript is being developed from this symposium.
Drs Fischer and van Emde Boas have been preparing a document on
the differential diagnosis of epilepsy. The plan is to present this
material as a Commission sponsored course In May 2001.
Drs Fisher and Morrell, as well as Dr Susan Spencer have developed
a document approved by the Epilepsy Foundation (America), American
Epilepsy Society, and the Epilepsy Section of the American Academy
of Neurology to define seizures and epilepsy, as well as diagnostic
criteria for seizures.
These definitions will be useful for organizations and agencies
setting epilepsy related policy. (The definitions established are
being used by the United States Social Security Administration in
order to re-evaluate the disability criteria for epilepsy). The
definitions will be offered to the ILAE for review by other commissions
with the intent of establishing a broad consensus.
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