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Commission on European Affairs (CEA)

Aims

  • To stimulate and coordinate all aspects of epileptology across Europe, including organizing the European Congress on Epileptology.

Commission Activities from June 30, 2004 until August 31, 2005
Meetings 14 February, 2004, ILAE Office, Brussels, Belgium; 31 July, 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark;  19 February 2005, Rome, Italy; 23 September 2005, Eilat, Israel.

Reports and guidelines steps taken to improve quality of scientific presentations at European Epilepsy Congresses; Congress Evaluation Reports.

Publications: Gil-Nagel A, Perucca E, Garcia-Morales I, Arroyo S, Serratosa JM; Subcommission on Congress Evaluation of the ILAE Commission on European Affairs. Evaluations and awards at the 5th European Congress of Epileptology, Madrid, 6-10 October 2002. Epilepsia. 2004; 45(4):396-8.

Summary of Activities

European Congresses on Epileptology 2006
The 7th European Congress will be held in Helsinki. Svein Johannessen and Matti Sillanpää will co-chair the International Organizing Committee, and Retta Kälviainen will chair the Scientific Advisory Committee. A satellite symposium will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia after the Helsinki meeting. Preparatory work is well underway.

2008
The 8th European Congress will be held in Germany in collaboration between the German and Israeli chapters, with Greece as backup. Planning is in progress.

Other Activities
European Advisory Council (EAC) (Chair: Federico Vigevano) and European Epilepsy Academy (EUREPA) (Chair: Peter Wolf).

The Subcommission on Central/Eastern Europe.
A plan is set out in areas related to education, quality care and research. The last meeting was held during the Paris Congress with participation of delegates from a number of chapters. Future activities will focus on four areas: 1) development of an outcome study project, within the context of EUCARE, 2) promotion of clinical trials in Central/Eastern Europe, 3) education, in collaboration with EUREPA, 4) implementation of epidemiological studies to acquire information about regional differences in quality of care and to stimulate collaboration among physicians in the area.

A faculty consisting of CEA members and others contributed to the conference on Epilepsy, Diagnosis and Treatment, which was a part of the Russian National Congress on Man and Medicine in Moscow in April 2005, a large medical congress attended by about 22,000 delegates from Russia and FSU countries. The about 1,000 delegates who attended the epilepsy program were provided with printed educational material supplied by faculty members. A second course with a similar program followed in Yaroslav, Volga region. Our activities were very well received.

It is being discussed to set up a revolving seven-day course taking place annually, every time in a different country of the region, addressing clinically oriented themes and using a standard template. The courses should be coordinated by two committees, one controlled centrally by the CEA/EUREPA with input from the Working Group on Development of Quality Care.

The Working Group on Development Quality of Care. The group is focusing on educational needs at the primary and secondary level and working in close relationship with the Subcommission for Central and Eastern Europe. The Working Group in collaboration with the EAC held a successful Chapter Convention during the Paris Congress.

EURAP. The CEA supports the international registry aimed at assessing the comparative teratogenic risks of prenatal exposure to different antiepileptic drugs. The project is chaired by T Tomson, Sweden. Over 7,200 pregnancies have been registered to date.

EUCARE. The FONDE study (Following Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy) was launched during the Paris Congress. An advisory group including representatives of the IBE European organization and the CEA has been established to discuss plans for political initiatives complementing the EUCARE program.

New Initiative Teaching Course
On 18-25 September 2005 an International Educational Course, Pharmacological Treatment of Epilepsy, took place in Eilat, Israel under the auspices of the Eilat Conferences Organizing Committee, the Commission on European Affairs and the European Epilepsy Academy. A total of 99 persons from 29 different countries participated. The course was a great success to the full satisfaction of all students and teachers. Following the request from the ILAE President, preparations for a second meeting, in 2007, are under discussion.

Joint Initiatives with IBE
The next European IBE congress will be held in Copenhagen in 2006 and will provide the opportunity for more intense collaboration with ILAE on aspects related to patients´ education and PAM education.

International Danube Symposium 2006. The CEA has expressed a commitment to allocate bursaries to support participation of trainees at the EUREPA course associated with the Danube Symposium.

Accomplishments (2001-2005)
European Congresses of Epileptology (Madrid, Vienna, Helsinki).

  • Continous striving for high scientific quality Congress evaluation has been established
  • Bursaries have been established
  • A system for CME credits has been established.
  • A European Epileptology Award has been established.

Publications

  • Flink R, Pedersen B, Guekht AB, Malmgren K, Michelucci R, Neville B, Pinto F, Stephani U, Özkara C Guidelines for the Use of EEG. Commission Report: Commission on European Affairs: Subcommission on European Guidelines. Acta Neurol. Scand. 2002; 106: 1-7.
  • Malmgren K, Flink R, Guekht AB, Michelucci R, Neville B, Pedersen B, Pinto F, Stephani U,
  • Özkara C. ILAE Commission on European Affairs Subcommission on European Guidelines 1998-2001: The Provision of Epilepsy Care Across Europe. Epilepsia, 2003; 44:727-31.
  • Gil-Nagel A, Perucca E, Garcia-Morales I, Arroyo S, Serratosa JM. Subcommission on Congress Evaluation of the ILAE Commission on European Affairs. Evaluations and Awards at the 5th European Congress of Epileptology, Madrid, 6-10 October 2002. Epilepsia. 2004; 45(4):396-8.

EAC (Report by F. Vigevano, Chair). In the course of 2005, EAC has tried to implement proposals and suggestions raised during the European Chapters Convention, held in Vienna in 2004. Furthermore, EAC has taken action in support of the activity of EUREPA and of the Working Group on Development of Quality Care in Europe. In the summer of 2005, EAC managed the elections for CEA renewal. This experience has showed that the voting process has some faults, and new regulations should be formulated in order to make it safer. During the last International Epilepsy Congress in Paris, a short meeting of the European Chapters was held, during which information was spread on the activities of CEA, EUREPA, and the Working Group on Development of Quality Care of EAC. The results of the election have also been presented, establishing that for the next four years Alla Guekht will be the EAC Chair and Svein Johannessen will be the EAC Secretary.

I would like to sincerely thank, also on behalf of all chapters, Ms. Kristina Malmgren for her excellent work as EAC Secretary in these last four years.

  • EUREPA (Separate report by P Wolf).
  • EURAP Supporting the International Pregnancy Registry.
  • EUCARE. CEA members in the Management Group and in the Advisory Group.
  • San Servolo International Educational Course. Bursary support.
  • Russia (Moscow) Educational Courses. Financial support from the CEA subcommission.
  • Eilat International Educational Course. Financial support and bursaries.

Recommendations for Future Work
To continue our work of the past four years to fulfill our aims.

Svein I Johannessen
Chair

 

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