Task Force for
Mission, Organisation and Agenda
- To help develop the philosophy, structure and function of the
Regional Commissions of the International League Against Epilepsy
- To help link the work of the Regional Commissions with that
of the Executive Committee of the ILAE and vice versa
||Svein Johannessen _ Norway
||Chong Tin Tan _ Malaysia
||Juvenal Gutierrez Moctezuma _ Mexico
||Jeffrey Noebels _ USA
||Basim Yaqub _ Saudi Arabia
||Not yet identified
Martin Brodie has been appointed an ex officio member of all Regional
||Martin J. Brodie, Chair
||Chair of each Regional Commission
- Regional Commissions will consist of representatives elected
by local Chapters together with a chair and secretary appointed
by the president of the ILAE. Chapters can belong to only one
- Regional Commissions can expect to meet 1-3 times a year and
must submit an annual budget for approval to the Executive Committee
of the ILAE.
- Regional Councils may be set up to include members from all
local Chapters. Councils can be expected to meet once per year.
- Regional Commissions should aim to develop, stimulate and coordinate
the epileptology agenda in their part of the world.
- Regional Commissions should promote the activities of local
Chapters, encourage similar policies and administrative structures
among local Chapters, and facilitate their involvement within
the global ILAE agenda.
- Regional Commissions should coordinate local educational activities
via the formation of a Regional Epilepsy Academy.
- Regional Commissions should run their congresses under the
auspices of the ILAE/IBE meetings organisation. Similar guidelines
govern all international regional congresses.
- Regional Commissions should review epilepsy services and the
size of the treatment gap in each country and aim to improve the
former and reduce the latter.
- Regional Commissions should develop a Declaration on Epilepsy
and a White Paper on Epilepsy with the aim of stimulating local
medico-political initiatives and improving patient care.
- The Task Force will assist Regional Commissions in defining
their constitution, which should be as homogeneous as possible
among different regions. Its aim will be to encourage concordance
with ILAE structures, regulations and programmes.
- The Task Force will help broker the two-way communication between
Regional Commissions and the Executive Committee of the ILAE dealing,
in particular, with local problems or controversies.
- The Task Force will help identify and develop projects common
to more than one region.
As the Chair of each Regional Commission will be submitting his
own report, I will confine myself to comments on the state of the
process in each region. I attach also an updated summary of the
mission and agenda of this Task Force.
- Commission on European Affairs (Svein Johannessen, Chair)
This group is well established and well organised. It has a vigorous
agenda and a clear focus. The biannual European congress provides
a template for other regions. Elections for the executive committee
and scientific advisory board of EUREPA (European Academy of Epilepsy)
have taken place and this organisation is now firmly ensconced
within the Regional Commission. Arrangements are underway for
the 6th European Congress on Epileptology scheduled to take place
in Vienna from 30 May-3 June 2004. A "Working Group for Quality
Care" has been set up and the "Subcommission for Central/Eastern
Europe" is active and ambitious.
- Commission on Asian and Oceanic Affairs (Chong Tin Tan, Chair)
This group is active and effective in terms of its excellent outreach
teaching programme. The regional congress in Japan in September
2002 was successful, but did not attract many delegates from outside
the host country. The 5th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Congress
will take place in Bangkok from 28-31 August in 2004 under the
aegis of the ILEA/IBE congress organisation. The aim is to develop
a scientifically and financially successful regional international
congress, which will attract delegates from all Chapters and unaffiliated
countries and obtain funding from local and international sectors
of the pharmaceutical industry. Arrangements are well underway
and the scientific programme is under development. The concept
of an Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Academy has been embraced and
Masakazu Seino has agreed to head a Subcommission to develop the
- Commission for Latin American Affairs (Juvenal Gutierrez Monteczuma,
This commission is still in the development stage. The agenda
is largely in evolution. The congress in Brazil in May 2002 was
successful, but was organised by and largely for the local Chapter.
The 3rd Latin American Epilepsy Congress will be held in Mexico
City from 2-5 July 2004 and will be run by the ILAE/IBE congress
organisation. The aim is to develop a successful regional international
meeting with the full involvement of all local Chapters. However,
there is less pharmaceutical industry money available in this
region to underpin the work of this Commission. Discussions are
yet to take place regarding the setting up of a Latin American
- North American Commission (Jeffrey Noebels, Chair)
This commission consists currently of the USA and Canada. Liaison
with the AES is being explored to identify areas of mutual interest.
A different agenda will be required than for the other Regional
- Eastern Mediterranean Commission (Basim Yaqub, Chair)
Preliminary work is being undertaken to set up this Regional Commission.
The question whether to appoint or elect the first membership
remains to be resolved. All relevant paperwork has been sent to
- African Commission
No action has been taken on this Commission as yet. An African
Convention will be held at the Lisbon meeting.
The first meeting of the Task Force for Regional Commissions will
take place during the 25th International Epilepsy Congress in Lisbon
on Tuesday 14 October 2003. Members include Peter Wolf, Yoshi Mayanagi
and the five chairs of the regional commissions. The Chair of the
Interregional Task Force, Cigdem Özkara, and the International
Director of Meetings, Richard Holmes, will be invited to attend.
Martin J. Brodie, Chair
Task Force for Regional Commissions
1 August 2003