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Subregional and Interregional Organisation Task Force (SIROTF)

Commission Members
Amel Mrabet _ Tunis
Amadou Gallo Diop _ Senegal
Antonio Martins da Silva _ Portugal
Basim Yaqub _ Saudi Arabia
Chong Tin Tan _ Malaysia
Diogenes Santos Villoria _ Dominican Republic
Manuel Campos _ Chile
Nadir E. Barucha _ India
Peter Halasz _ Hungary
Pierre-Marie Preux _ France
Others to be appointed

Mission
To promote and assist sub- or interregional coordinated actions aimed at developing education, healthcare and research in the field of epilepsy by groups of countries that for common historical, cultural and linguistic background are naturally prepared to collaborate.

Goals

  1. To create an appropriate milieu for countries to establish groups sharing common characteristics, which will facilitate the collaborations to improve knowledge in epilepsy in all aspects
  2. To motivate and encourage projects based on bringing the nations together using certain denominators such as common language, history, and culture
  3. To search for collaborative projects, i.e., genetic, epidemiological, treatment, and so forth
  4. To work with different scientific commissions of ILAE in organising educational programs such as neurobiology
  5. To establish liaison with EUREPA and regional commissions

Summary of Activities for 2001-2002
The Mediterranean Conference, which has been held every two years since 1990, is a good example of collaborative efforts of countries from three continents based around one sea. The 7th Conference was organised in Athens, Greece in 2001 and the next will be in Marrakech, Morocco.

Plans for 2003-2004
As the task force has a new chair and a composition, the goals and an action plan will be discussed during a meeting in October 2003 in Lisbon, Portugal during the 25th International Epilepsy Congress. A priority will be assigned to the organisation of the next Mediterranean conference. Other proposals and projects related to the goals will be worked on, increasing communication both with the chapters and ILAE commissions. With the increasing cooperation via a two-way link between the chapters (or even countries devoting chapters) and ILAE, awareness and interest in establishing collaborative studies in many different societies will be augmented. Therefore the task force will seek to identify new initiatives to promote international education and understanding of epilepsy as well as to assist spontaneous bottom-up endeavors from the chapters.

Date: 20 August 2003
Report by: Çiðdem Özkara, Chair

 

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