Due to a new constitutional rule that was accepted in Paris to ensure the involvement of all fully operative regions in the Executive work, the Chapters of the Asian & Oceanian region were entitled to co-opt a third Vice President. The election procedure was started by the end of the year, and resulted in 2006 in the election of Chong Tin Tan of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to the Executive.
At the end of the year, there was also a change in the editorship of Epilepsia, following the wish of Bob Fisher whom I could thank for four years of outstanding work which has brought several improvements to our journal. We now have a team of two Editors-in-Chief, a clinician and a basic scientist, an American and a European, who have many plans for further improvements that we look forward to seeing implemented. People with a long memory, or in possession of sufficient back volumes of Epilepsia, are aware that transatlantic team editorship is by no means a new feature of the journal.
Education, improvement of epilepsy care, and translational research have been set as the top priorities for the present term of office, and two new Commissions (Education and Epilepsy Care) have been established to take care of the first two of these. Both commissions
had their first meetings before the end of the year. In
addition, planning was started of an ILAE-owned International Epilepsy Academy which on the global level in future would take care of epilepsy education and realize our ambition to develop a multimodal educational system, which should become the best of all medical specialities and subspecialties.
The Commission on Epilepsy Care is chaired by the two new Co-Chairs of the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy, Giuliano Avanzini and Phil Lee. This signals the intention of both ILAE and the new IBE leadership to bring the Global Campaign closer to our regular agenda and broaden its scope. The Regional Commissions are expected, on the background of the regional Epilepsy Declarations and in cooperation with the respective IBE Committees and the regional WHO Advisors for Mental Health as well as with the Chapters of their region, to develop new initiatives.
We finished the year with a large agenda before us, and a lot of enthusiasm to bring the ILAE again a large step forward.