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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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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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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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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)

Does access to care influence the use of epilepsy surgery?

Epilepsy surgery is the standard of care for focal drug-resistant epilepsy, but it is underutilized. Knowledge gaps and attitudes toward epilepsy surgery are partly responsible, and a new study explores whether the health-care infrastructure in developed countries influences access to and utilization of epilepsy surgery. Nature Reviews Neurology 12, 133-134 (2016)

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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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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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Epileptology practice, reasearch, and epilepsy teaching have a long tradition in Romania. The Romanian Chapter of ILAE (SRIE) was founded in 1998, and in November 2015 SRIE was revived by its new young and enthusiastic team.

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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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