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International Epilepsy Congress 2015 Istanbul

31st International Epilepsy Congress

5 - 9 September, 2015
Istanbul, Turkey


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11-15 September, 2016
Prague, Czech Republic


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ILAE Position on “Stop Vivisection Initiative”

European Union

The ILAE and IBE Executive Committees, the AES-ILAE Translational Research Task Force, and the Neurobiology Commission of the ILAE have prepared a response to the members of the European Parliament to oppose the March 3rd, 2015, European Citizens Initiative Stop Vivisection. This initiative requests the phasing out of animal experimentation in biomedical research in Europe. Discussion and voting on this initiative is expected over the next 1-2 months.

The position of the ILAE-IBE is that this initiative is deleterious for the future of biomedical research, and is summarized here. If you agree with our position, we urge you to join our efforts to disseminate and clarify our position to those who may inform the voting Members of the European Parliament so that this initiative is not voted. Read position summary.

Epigraph 2015 issue 1

Epigraph - ILAE Newsletter

From the Information Officer | From the Vice President | Traditional Healers | First Francophone Teaching Course | Building Infrastructure in Africa | Preventing Epilepsy After Injury | Preventing Death in Epilepsy | Awards | Obituary: Yukio Fukuyama | Obituary: Karen Gale | EpiNet | ILAE Journals | Upcoming Congresses


Research priorities in epilepsy for the Asia-Oceanian region

Patrick Kwan, Leonor Cabral-Lim, Wendyl D'Souza, Satish Jain, Byung-In Lee, Weiping Liao, Shih-Hui Lim, Taisuke Otsuki, Chong-Tin Tan, Masako Wantanabe, for the CAOA Research Task Force. Epilepsia 10.1111/epi.12957.

Although there has been substantial economic development and improvement in health services in recent years in the Asia-Oceanian region, epilepsy remains generally an underrecognized and understudied condition. To help promote research in the region, the Commission on Asian and Oceanian Affairs (CAOA) of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) appointed the Research Task Force (RTF). More …

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First Epilepsy Brain Bank in Canada

Epilepsy Brain Bank

The Epilepsy Brain Bank at the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan is one of the first epilepsy-centric brain banks in Canada, and the first focused solely on adult epilepsy research. It was established by a team led by Dr José Tellez-Zenteno, Dr. Farzad Moien-Afshari, Dr. Adam Wu and Dr. Lizbeth Hernandez-Ronquillo

CLAE Connections | U. of Saskatchewan article |
Star Phoenix | CTV (video)

Karen Gale (1948-2014)

Karen Gale

The epilepsy community lost a truly unique and powerful voice with the recent death of Karen Gale, Professor of Pharmacology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and one of the founders and the director of the Georgetown Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. Karen had a research agenda that was as wide as her active intellect, and her recent work on the comorbidities of epilepsy including deleterious effects of antiepileptic compounds on neural development has stimulated great discussion within the epilepsy community. Although Dr. Gale left an indelible mark as a researcher and educator, she is perhaps best known as a stalwart advocate for faculty, students and staff.
Read Karen Gale's obituary.

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The ketogenic diet is an effective adjuvant to radiation therapy for the treatment of malignant glioma

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The usefulness of the ketogenic diet has been shown in refractory epilepsy, but its use in brain tumors is still being investigated. This study showed that in mice with glioma, the ketogenic diet along with radiation was effective in shrinking tumor volume. The effect of the ketogenic diet along with radiation on seizure frequency would be interesting to observe. (PLoS ONE 7(5): e36197)

IQ at 6 years after in utero exposure to antiepileptic drugs: A controlled cohort study

Researchers recruited children born to women with epilepsy (n = 243) and women without epilepsy (n = 287) during pregnancy and followed them prospectively to delineate the risk to child IQ associated with frequently prescribed antiepileptic drugs. Also see related editorial, "Fine-tuning risk assessment with antiepileptic drug use in pregnancy."

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A novel anticonvulsant mechanism via inhibition of complement receptor C5ar1 in murine epilepsy model

Studying inflammation could give us insights into novel drugs for seizure disorders. In this study, the researchers examined a certain pro-inflammatory complement peptide C5a and its receptor C5ar1 in experimental epilepsy. (Neurobiology of Disease 76(2015) 87-97)

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Focus on Epilepsy in Nature Neuroscience

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Chapter Spotlight:

Bangladesh Epilepsy Foundaton

The Bangladesh Epilepsy Foundation is small, with approximately 40 members, but despite its size, it is very active.

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Definition of Epilepsy 2014 - New definition and commentaries.

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