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Commission on Asian and Oceanian Affairs (CAOA)


Overall aim is to promote the development of epilepsy in the region. This is achieved by:

  • Organizing biennial Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congresses.
  • Promote educational activities through the Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA).
  • Promote the development of epilepsy organizations in various geographical regions of Asia and encourage formation of ILAE chapters.

Commission Activities from June 30, 2004 until August 31, 2005

  • 5th Asian Oceanian Epilepsy Congress 28-31 August 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Epilepsy teaching workshop in Xinjiang (China), Vientiene (Laos), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Lanzhou (China).
  • EEG teaching course in Kunming (China), Singapore and Jakarta (Indonesia).
  • Antiepileptic drug treatment workshop in Penang (Malaysia).
  • Pediatric epilepsy teaching workshop in Kuching (Malaysia).
  • Six fellowships awarded yearly to young physicians for epileptology training for 6-12 months by Epilepsy Research Foundation of Japan, Epilepsy Society of Australia, UCB (Asia Pacific) and ILAE.
  • EEG certification examination organized jointly with ASEAN Neurological Association. First Part I Examination was held in July 2005 in Jakarta. Nine candidates sat for the examination; seven were successful.

Accomplishments (2001-2005)

  • The 5th Asian Oceanian Epilepsy Congress in Bangkok 2003 was a milestone congress. The Bangkok meeting was a truly Asian epilepsy congress. There were 1,200 delegates, 80% were from outside Thailand. A total of 209 free papers were presented. A proceeding of selected papers was published as supplement of Neurology Asia.
  • Formation of Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) in 2003 as educational arm of the Commission. The Academy under the leadership of M Seino has grown rapidly to conduct varieties of teaching courses, EEG certification examination and offering epilepsy fellowship.
  • New Asian ILAE chapters were established in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Recommendations for Future Work

  • A successful 6th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy Congress to be held in Bali (Indonesia) in 2006 and future biennial Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congresses.
  • Continuing growth of the Academy with increase in varieties of teaching courses.
  • Promote a wider acceptance of EEG certification examination in Asia; expansion and strengthening of fellowship.
  • As many Asian countries have large populations and wide geographical spread, continue to promote the growth of epilepsy organizations in countries that do not have ILAE chapters, as well as regions of countries where epilepsy treatment is still underdeveloped.
  • Promote research in epileptology in the region.
  • Encourage epilepsy publication in the region.


Chong Tin Tan


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