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International Director of Meetings Report

Richard Holmes

Annual Congress Planning Update

The year, July 2005-June 2006, has been the busiest to date for the IDM Office, with the successful organization of the International Epilepsy Congress in Paris in August 2005 and the sizable planning and preparation work for four regional congresses in 2006. The IDM Office also relocated to new offices in South Dublin in February 2006.

26th IEC in  Paris CongressThe 26th International Epilepsy Congress was held in Paris from 28 August to 1 September 2005 with unprecedented attendance levels at over 5,000 delegates. The Congress, coordinated by Soazig Daniel, comprised five days of extensive programming centered around the seven main topics of Sex, Hormones and Pregnancy; Genes and Syndromes; Drug Resistance, Mortality and Surgical Treatment; Seizures and the Developing Brain; Depression, Anxiety and Psychosis; Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders; and Psychosis and Cultural Aspects of Epilepsy Care.

1st East Mediterranean Epilepsy CongressThe 1st East Mediterranean Epilepsy Congress that was to take place in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt in May 2006 was postponed due to the security situation, following repeated terrorist bombings in the region in late April 2006. This difficult decision was taken after extensive consultation between the ILAE Executive Committee, representatives of the region and other parties. However, plans are now afoot to hold this Congress in Luxor, Egypt 21-25 February 2007. Venues have been selected and all logistical plans are now well underway.

The IDM Office is involved on an ongoing basis in the review and selection process for upcoming International and Regional Congresses in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Full details on epilepsy congresses taking place worldwide can be found on the International Epilepsy Congress Portal Website, www.epilepsycongress.org. For further information, please contact:

International Epilepsy Congress Secretariat 7 Priory Hall, Stillorgan, Dublin 18, Ireland Phone: +353 1 205 6720, Fax: +353 1 205 6156, E-mail: infor@epilepsycongress.org

7th European Congress on EpileptologyThe 7th European Congress on Epileptology was held in Helsinki, Finland 2-6 July 2006. Over 3,500 delegates attended the meeting, which was deemed a great success both from a scientific and organizational point of view.

Louise McLoughlin, project manager for the Congress, worked with Reetta Kälviäinen and the Scientific Advisory Committee on the programming and scheduling for the event, which featured a comprehensive program of main sessions, discussion groups and teaching sessions along with various special symposia including innovative session topics such as the Finnish Epileptology Symposium on Unverricht-Lundborg Disease: In Finland and Elsewhere, and the Orphan Drug Symposium.

Following the Congress, the St. Petersburg Post Congress Satellite Symposium was held 7 and 8 July 2006, organized by Alla Guekht, the chair of the European Advisory Council and the Commission on European Affairs and assisted by the IDM Office. This initiative attracted over 400 delegates from the region and throughout Europe.

10th European Congress on Epilepsy and Society for International Bureau of EpilepsyThe 10th European Congress on Epilepsy and Society for the International Bureau of Epilepsy ran 2-4 August 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The theme of the conference was A Better Quality of Life for Persons with Epilepsy. There were a series of presentations and discussion groups covering topics such as Epilepsy and Sexuality, Morale Raising, Fundraising and Campaigning and SUDEP. Over 300 delegates attended the conference, a significant increase in the numbers from the last ECES in 2004.

4th Latin American Congress on EpilepsyPlans are now well underway for the 4th Latin American Congress on Epilepsy, which will take place in Guatemala City 6-9 September 2006. Jane Whelan has been project managing this event for the past year in cooperation with Henry Stokes and the Scientific Advisory Committee. All logistical planning, program handling and promotion for the meeting has been coordinated by the IDM Office.

6th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy CongressAlthough the 6th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Congress (16-19 November 2006) was originally planned to take place in Bali, the venue for this congress was changed to Kuala Lumpur after the tragic events of October 2005. Kathryn is coordinating all the arrangements and preparation for the event. There will be over 70 regional and international speakers presenting scientific and clinical topics that are highly relevant to epilepsy practice in the Asian and Oceanian region. The Congress will be held in the recently renovated Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and has excellent facilities.

27th International Epilepsy Congress in SingaporeThe 27th International Epilepsy Congress will take place in Singapore 8-12 July 2007 at the International Convention and Exhibition Center in Suntec City, which is a self-contained, state of the art facility. The seven main topics in the scientific program were selected by the Joint Executive Committees of the ILAE and IBE chapters around the world. Subjects chosen include Issues in Developing Countries, Stigma and Quality of Life, and Epidemiology and Prognosis, among others. Abstract submission will be available in October 2006 and online registration will be available in early 2007.

8th European Congress on Epileptology in BerlinThe 8th European Congress on Epileptology will be held in Berlin 21-25 September 2008 and the first International Organizing Committee meeting was held recently in Helsinki.


Richard Holmes
International Director of Meetings


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