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Ambassador Awards 1999

The Ambassador for Epilepsy Award of IBE and ILAE is intended as a recognition of outstanding international contributions to activities advancing the cause of epilepsy. These activities should either be performed at an international level, or they should have an international impact. the Award reflects peer recognition of individual contributions. The Award consists of an "Ambassador for Epilepsy" pin and refelects peer recognition of individual contributions. The Award was presented at the International Epilepsy Congress, following the election.

Cosimo Ajmone-Marsan, USA: has been a leading figure in epilepsy research and care for over half a century. His contributions to both clinical and basic science aspects of epilepsy have been monumental. He has trained numerous students from around the world and many of these are now distinguished epileptologists in their own right.

G.A Baker, UK: has worked on numerous studies investigating the psychological and neuro-psychological aspects of living with epilepsy and is involved in investigating a methodological approach to quantify the different effects of treatment. He is also involved in a number of international collaborative research projects. Last, but not least, he is involved in IBE activities through his chairmanship of its Research Commission and he has organised seminars and workshops on behalf of IBE.

S. Brown, UK: is a neuro-psychiatrist with a national and international reputation in the field of epilepsy and has an established track record in service development, team building, research, teaching and academic supervision. He has worked for IBE’s Risk Commission, has organized an international workshop on Sudden Unexpected Death, was involved in the organisation of international congresses in Glasgow and Beijing, and has lectured in many countries on all aspects of his work.

E.A. Cavalheiro, Brazil: Prof. Cavalheiro’s entire working life evolves around epilepsy. Apart from his regular position as a full professor of neurology and neurosurgery, Vice Dean for graduate students and co-ordinator of the post-graduation course in neurology and neuroscience, Prof. Cavalheiro is also a member of the ILAE Commission on Neurobiology of Epilepsy, a member of the editorial board of Epilepsia and Epilepsy Research and the President, founding member and driving force of the Brazilian Association of Epilepsy, the IBE chapter in Brazil. Need we say more.

P. Halasz, Hungary: is chair of the ILAE sub-commission on Eastern Europe for the Commission on European Affairs and a Vice-President of the European Academy of Epilepsy. He is active in the promotion of co-operation between a number of neighbouring countries. He is a patron of the IBE chapter in his country and assists them in joining the international stream by promoting international visits to lay associations in other countries. He is also the current president of the Hungarian chapter of ILAE and the founder of the Hungarian Co-operative Epilepsy Surgery Program as well as the author of the EEG atlas of adulthood epilepsy, which has been distributed to Eastern European and developing countries.

M.D. Hills, New Zealand: Despite having epilepsy himself, Dr. Hills became a senior lecturer in psychology at Waikato University, Hamilton, Nw. Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation of New Zealand.

Internationally he has been a member of the Executive Committee of IBE as its Secretary General for the past 6 years. One of his goals has been the improvement in community care services for people with epilepsy and their families. His work with IBE’s Commission on Community Care has demonstrated this desire.

A. Jacoby, UK: is a social scientist, who has worked in the field of epilepsy since 1985. Dr. Jacobi’s main area of research has been in the assessment of quality of life of people with epilepsy and the development and application of patient based measures of outcome treatments for epilepsy. She is a Vice Chairman of the British Epilepsy Association and Chairperson of IBE’s Commission on Epilepsy, Risk and Insurability. She was also involved in the organisation of two seminars on behalf of IBE, which took place just before the International Epilepsy Congress in Dublin, one for people with epilepsy and the other for young professionals.

P. Jallon, France: has devoted his neurological and neuro-physiological career to epilepsy and in particular to the interest of people with epilepsy in developing countries, where he advanced epidemiological and clinical studies. He has served as the chairman of two ILAE commissions, Epidemiology and Developing countries and has played a crucial role in the development of the ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign against epilepsy. Based in Geneva, he has supported WHO in some of its work in epilepsy and neurology.

E.H. Johnson, Norway: has held the position of Secretary General of the Norwegian Epilepsy Association since 1992. Membership of the Association has almost doubled since then. As a result of her disclosing her epilepsy openly, she has eliminated some of the stigma attached to having epilepsy in Norway and more people are now disclosing the fact they have epilepsy, thus bringing epilepsy "out of the shadows". On an international level, she has organised IBE’s Education Seminar, which preceded the Oslo congress in 1993, was a member of the Steering Committee of the Epilepsy and Society Congress in 1995, served as a member of IBE’s Self-help Commission and chaired many workshops.

M.J. Morrell, USA: has pioneered research into gender differences in epilepsy. She was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the 22nd International Epilepsy Congress in Dublin (1997) and currently serves as a member of the scientific planning committee of ILAE and as chair of its Commission on Diagnostic Strategies. She is a true ambassador, with her special concern for the fifty percent of the epilepsy population who face unique difficulties with reproductive health as a result of the condition and/or its treatment.

S.L. Moshe: His work includes international research collaboration, the organisation of international congresses and international lectureships. He has links with the University in Athens, is a member of the German chapter of ILAE, is on the scientific board of the Charles University of Prague and created a continuing productive relationship between French, Italian and American paediatric epileptologists. He has been a member of the Commission on Neurobiology for many years and is currently programme chairman for the workshop on Neurobiology of Epilepsy, to be held immediately before the Congress in Prague.

S. Ohtahara, Japan: For over 30 years he has dedicated his life to education related to childhood epilepsy. Internationally he has contributed to the development of childhood epileptology through publications and lectures and through his membership of various ILAE commissions. He has expanded his educational activities to Mongolia and China and is an active member of the Pacific Rim Group. His immense international contribution to the promotion of and a better understanding of epilepsy must be recognised by everyone involved in his field.

L.L. Prilipko, Switzerland: has been working tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition epilepsy in the various WHO regions, especially in the PAHO region, in Africa and within WHO itself. He has succeeded in giving epilepsy a higher profile within WHO and is actively involved in trying to achieve the Global Campaign Goals, bringing " Epilepsy out of the Shadows" both within WHO and world wide.

Ph.A. Schwartzkroin, USA: has made numerous contributions to literature concerning mechanisms of epilepsy in the developing and adult hyppocampus. He has committed his career to understanding the basic mechanisms of epilepsy that might be relevant to the clinical condition. He has allied himself to epilepsy programmes and has encouraged other basic scientists to do likewise. He has championed this cause internationally and has had a tremendous effect through his publications, the organisation of conferences and his participation in the ILAE commission on Neurobiology of Epilepsy. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Sydney Congress and is currently the chairman of the Commission on Neurobiology.

H. Stefan, Germany: has been a member of a number of ILAE Commissions over the years and he has been involved in the further classification of absences. At present he is an active member of the Commission on Neuro-imaging and through his activities has promoted the work of ILAE to a wide audience, as would be expected from an ambassador.

T. Tomson, Sweden: has devoted much of his time to clinical epilepsy and clinical pharmacology in epilepsy. He is a well-known researcher with a wide international network. He has organised many workshops, symposia and courses on an international level. He has served as the Treasurer of the ILAE Commission on Education and is presently chairman of the Commission on the Burden of Epilepsy. He is also the Vice President of the Swedish chapter of ILAE and a member of the editorial board of Epilepsia.

S.D. Walker, USA: has been one of the most active people in the pharmaceutical industry, not only in the provision of financial support, but also in volunteering his services and advice in many areas, including the development of the Guidelines for the Industry, the initiation of the Pacific Rim Group and the creation of what amounts to marketing instruments for ILAE such as Epigraph and the Web home pages.

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