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Commission On North American Affairs

Chair and Contact Information

Jeffrey Noebels, M.D., Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine
Dept of Neurology
One Baylor Plz
Neurosensory Buldg, NB206
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: +1 713 798 5860
Fax: +1 713 798-7528
Phone: +1 301 496 1505
Fax: +1 301 402 2871

The activities of the commission revolve around three projects:

We have been supporting the efforts of Dr Amza Ali to organize a Jamaican Chapter. Eventually he hopes to include other regions of the English Speaking Caribbean. Dr Ali is completing the necessary processes for incorporating his chapter and registering it with ILAE. He plans to have a formal ‘kick-off’ in the coming months. Dr Ali will be spending some time in the US at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in order to improve his own epilepsy skills. He hopes to establish a modern epilepsy treatment center in Jamaica. The Commission would like to support his efforts in this regard as well, perhaps by helping to establish and facilitate an international consultant group.

I have been attempting to serve as a liaison between PAHO and the Global campaign, through meetings with Dr Miranda, the PAHO Mental Health Director, and Dr Caraballo, an Argentinean neurologist whom PAHO has recently hired as a consultant for a possible demonstration project in Argentina. Recently I had a discussion with Dr Miranda concerning the status of the project. Dr Miranda informed me that he does not think the political situation in Panama is conducive to carrying out a Demonstration project at the present time. He said that Dr Caraballo has developed a formal plan for a project in Argentina, which he promised to send me before I leave for Basel in order to facilitate consultations on the project there.

Recently, I have imitated contacts with the Indian Health Service, a branch of the US Public Health Service that is responsible for health care for Native Americans living on tribal reservations. I have located a neurologist on the Navaho reservation with a special interest in epilepsy, and plan to meet with her at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in May. Native Americans may represent an underserved population in the midst of a developed society, posing special problems with implications for the global campaign and delivery of epilepsy care in general.

Annual Report 2000 Table of Contents






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