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3rd East Mediterranean Epilepsy Congress (EMEC) and
5th UAE Epilepsy Congress

11th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress

Dubai | 4-5 March 2016

AOEC 2016
Hong Kong | 13-16 May 2016

9th Latin American Congress on Epilepsy

12th European Congress on Epileptology

LACE 2016
20-23 August 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

ECE 2016
11-15 September, 2016
Prague, the Czech Republic


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International Epilepsy Day — Monday 8 February

An international day to help raise awareness and educate the public on the facts about epilepsy, and the urgent need for improved treatment and care and greater investment in research. www.epilepsy.org.

Around the world, IBE and ILAE chapters, epilepsy centers, support groups and others are finalizing plans. In the European Parliament in Strasbourg 800 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be able to enjoy the special Yes I can! photo exhibition. See details about activities on the International Epilepsy Day website (www.epilepsy.org)

New ILAE Classification of Status Epilepticus

The Task Force on Classification of Status Epilepticus has published its report on the definition and classification, changing the concept of status epilepticus from a single entity into the more important and realistic view that the condition is a complex combination of cause and consequence that may require a more tailored approach. As new studies on status epilepticus are developed this classification will become a means of stratifying outcome risk and lead to a more useful evaluation of treatments which ultimately should be aimed to improving outcomes. The classification is available online and open access.

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Elio Lugaresi (1926 – 2015)

Elio Lugaresi obituary

Prof. Elio Lugaresi passed away on December 22, 2015 in his 89th year. His passing leaves many in the neurologic community reflecting on his enormous legacy to the discipline.

Elio Lugaresi's career was devoted to the study of neurology, neurophysiology, epilepsy, and above all sleep in all its aspects, a passion he pursued well into retirement.


Hanneke de Boer (1946 – 2015)

Hanneke de Boer obituary

When Hanneke de Boer died peacefully in her own home after a long illness faced with great dignity a light was extinguished on a life devoted to sufferers with epilepsy. Hanneke was one of the longest serving and greatest advocates of people with epilepsy of all ages, not only in her much loved country, The Netherlands, but across the world…

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Clinical Research News All news

Ketogenic diet exhibits anti-inflammatory properties


Dietary therapies like the ketogenic diet have been shown to be beneficial in epilepsy. In a recent study, scientists hypothesized that efficacy of the ketogenic diet is due to a decrease in inflammation. After being administered a regular diet or the ketogenic diet, rats were injected lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and downstream reactions were measured. Rats on the normal diet showed an increase in body temperature, whereas those on the ketogenic diet did not. Rats on the ketogenic diet also showed a decrease in proinflammatory cytokines in the blood (e.g TNFα and IL-1β) and brain in response to LPS. (Epilepsia 2015 DOI: 10.1111/epi.13038)

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Basic Science of Epilepsy News All news

Treatment during a vulnerable developmental period rescues a genetic epilepsy.

There is a greater incidence of epilepsy during the first few years of life as neurodevelopmental processes are still underway. The current strategy is to administer anti-epileptic drugs after seizures occur. The authors of a recent paper investigated whether administration of bumetanide – a diuretic that blocks the NKCC1 cation-chloride co-transporter and dampens down depolarization – would be effective as an anti-epileptogenic agent in a mouse model of mutated Kv7 K+ channels. Transient administration of bumetanide was able to correct structural and functional changes in the hippocampus in the mutant mice. This study raises the possibility of bumetanide as an anti-epileptogenic agent.

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Epileptogenic effects of NMDAR antibodies in a passive transfer mouse model

NMDAR antibody encephalitis is characterized by psychiatric symptoms like psychosis, paranoia and violent behavior, and may be followed by seizures. This study was done to examine the epileptogenicity of NMDAR antibodies in C57BL/6 mice. Administration of the antibody (IgG) into the lateral ventricle by itself did not cause spontaneous seizures, but exacerbated susceptibility of acute seizures caused by PTZ. Immunohistochemistry to visualize bound IgG showed that levels of IgG bound to the left hippocampus were proportional to seizure severity. This suggests that the IgG binds to, and causes internalization of NMDARs in the hippocampus, possibly leading to enhanced acutes eizures in response to PTZ.

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Chapter Spotlight:
China Association Against Epilepsy

China Association Against Epilepsy

Although relatively new, the China chapter is very active, providing training, publishing books and journals, funding research and much more.

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New Guidelines

Treatment of Convulsive Status Epilepticus (American Epilepsy Society)
International recommendation for a comprehensive neuropathologic workup of epilepsy surgery brain tissue: A consensus Task Force report from the ILAE Commission on Diagnostic Methods

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Epilepsy & Sports

Diane Borg, Maltese Sportswoman
Bodysurf 2011 champion Catarina Sousa with Teresa Peres
Stand Up For Epilepsy® and for full participation in sports.

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Epilepsy & Sport Project


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VIREPA Courses

Application for VIREPA courses will open in May 2016.

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