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Samuel Wiebe Elected ILAE President, 2017-2021 term

Sam Wiebe
Samuel Wiebe
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Sam Wiebe was elected with 68% of the eligible votes in the election by ILAE chapter members that concluded 2 May 2016.
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Seizure Type Classification

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The Seizure Type Classification Task Force invites your comments on a new clinically-focused seizure type classification.

This Seizure Classification expands upon the seizure classification in the 2010 proposal. The goal is to establish a final seizure classification scheme accepted by ILAE and the broad epilepsy community.

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John Pellock (1943-2016)

Jack Pellock

It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that the ILAE learned that Dr. John (Jack) Pellock passed away May 6, 2016. He never hid the fact that he had cancer and faced his illness with his typical optimism and enthusiasm for life. Internationally he was best known for his research in pediatric epilepsy and epilepsy drug development. Jack participated in many federal and industry supported research endeavors, and he published over 200 journal articles and 70 book chapters.


Please Respond: Research Priorities Survey

Research Priorities Survey

The Global Research Priorities and Advocacy Task Force has compiled a list of research priorities on which they now seek further opinion. The ILAE recognizes that priorities may differ dependent on resource and region of the world and there may be overlap among different communities. Take 5 minute survey.

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Call for nominations for the 2017 Michael Prize

Michael Prize

The Michael Prize is one of the most highly regarded international awards for the best contribution to scientific and clinical research which promote further developments in epileptology. Awarded biennially, it is specially designed to attract scientists not older than 45 years of age. Submission deadline: 31 December, 2016.


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.


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Clinical Research News All news

A reappraisal of mortality after epilepsy surgery

Brain surgery is associated with a reduction in mortality rate in drug-resistant epilepsy, both when seizures are abolished and when it results in significant palliation of tonic-clonic seizure frequency. These observations provide further rationale for earlier consideration of epilepsy surgery. Neurology May 24, 2016 vol. 86 no. 21 1938-1944

Nonconvulsive status epilepticus in adults — insights into the invisible

Nonconvulsive status epilepticus has subtle symptoms and can be difficult to treat, meaning it is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. In this review, Sutter and colleagues discuss the epidemiology, clinical features and diagnosis of nonconvulsive status epilepticus, and discuss current recommendations for treatment. Nature Reviews Neurology 12, 281–293 (2016)

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Reducing premature KCC2 expression rescues seizure susceptibility and spine morphology in atypical febrile seizures

Atypical febrile seizures are considered a risk factor for epilepsy onset and cognitive impairments later in life. Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and a history of atypical febrile seizures often carry a cortical malformation. This association has led to the hypothesis that the presence of a cortical dysplasia exacerbates febrile seizures in infancy, in turn increasing the risk for neurological sequelae. The authors' findings demonstrate that KCC2 overexpression in a compromised developing brain increases febrile seizure susceptibility and contribute to dendritic spine alterations. (Neurobiology of Disease doi:10.1016/j.nbd.2016.02.014)

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Bumetanide reduces seizure progression and the development of pharmacoresistant status epilepticus

GABAergic neurotransmission depends on KCC1 and NKCC2 Cl− co-transporters; a dysfunction in these co-transporters is seen in neonatal seizures. Bumetanide – a drug that blocks NKCC1 chloride cotransporters – has been shown to be beneficial in seizures in neonates. In the current study, the authors wanted to test whether bumetanide would be useful in status epilepticus (SE) by using brain slice electrophysiology and in vivo EEG experiments. Administration of bumetanide reduced seizure-like events induced by zero-Mg+², and in intact mice by administration of kainic acid. As seizures progressed, diazepam led to pharmacoresistance, which bumetanide was able to overcome. Hence, this study suggests that there might be a new indication of bumetanide in SE.

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Chapter Spotlight:
Iraqi League Against Epilepsy

Iraqi League Against Epilepsy

IqLAE was first founded in 1999 at Neurosurgical Hospital-Baghdad for those medical personnel who are involved in the diagnosis, treatment and research in the field of Epileptology. It was rebuilt in 2010 in Al-Kindi General Hospital with a new, active Executive Committee.

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VIREPA Applications Now Open

Application for the 2016-2017 academic year will be accepted until August 3.

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New Guidelines

New Seizure Type Classification Proposed: Your comments are invited on on a new clinically-focused seizure type classification. The goal is to establish a final seizure classification scheme accepted by ILAE and the broad epilepsy community. Read proposal and comment here.

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ILAE eNewsletter

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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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