League Against Epilepsy/ Neurobiology Commission
Asla Pitkanen (co-chair)
Esper Cavalheiro (co-chair)
Jerome (Pete) Engel Jr.
Solomon (Nico) Moshe
Yoshiya L. Murashima
2nd LatinAmerican Epilepsy Congress, Iguazu Falls,
Brazil, May 2002
The Commission organized 2 workshops linking basic and clinical
aspects of epilepsy:
- Genic therapy in epilepsy
- Epilepsy and hormones: new therapeutic strategies
A mini-WONOEP devoted to young researchers from Latin America was
The attendance to all activities was highly expressive.
5th European Meeting on
Epileptology, Madrid, Spain, October 2002
A 2-h symposium entitled "Neurobiological basis
of drug-resistance and novel therapeutic approaches", coordinated
and chaired by Dr. Annamaria Vezzani, was organized. The symposium
was very successful with a full auditorium.
Neurobiology Commission Meeting, Madrid, Spain,
8 October 2002
The major focus in the agenda was in the forthcoming
WONOEP meeting in connection of the main ILAE meeting in Tunis.
Also, proposals for courses/symposia for the main meeting in Tunis
Neurobiology Commission Meeting, Seattle, USA,
9 December 2002
Among several topics, members presented at the meeting
expressed their concerns about Tunis/Tozeur as appropriate places
for the next IEC/WONOEP meeting. The idea of an International Brain
Bank was also discussed and a proposal is being prepared by Roberto
Spreafico, Asla Pitkanen and Pete Engel.
The next WONOEP, to be held some days before the forthcoming
International Epilepsy Congress, is being organized by Roberto Spreafico
and Christophe Bernard. A homepage with appropriate information
(thematic, venue, deadline, etc) was prepared by the organizers.
Activities during the next IEC in Tunis
The following activities were suggested by the Commission
and approved by the Scientific Committee of the next IEC:
Young Investigator Course
Workshop: Metabolic and neuronal coupling during
status epilepticus and chronic epilepsy
Workshop: Benchmarks for epilepsy research from
2004 Regional Congresses (Latin American and European)
The participation of our Commission in regional meetings
is already being prepared by Luisa Rocha (Latin American) and Annamaria
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