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Looking forward to the 31st International Epilepsy Congress


5 - 9 September, 2015 –
Istanbul, Turkey www.epilepsyistanbul2015.org


  International Epilepsy Congress 2015 Istanbul

Classifying seizures and epilepsy — where are we going?


Advances in the treatment of status epilepticus

The Grand Bazaar   Galata Tower

This interactive session will present the roadmap toward a revised ILAE classification of seizures and epilepsy. Three topics will follow an introduction by Sameer Zuberi, Chair of the ILAE Commission on Classification and Terminology: 1) How to classify a focal seizure? (Edouard Hirsch); 2) What do we mean by epileptic encephalopathy (Eliane Roulet-Perez) and 3) Arguments behind the great debate: idiopathic versus genetic (Ingrid Scheffer).


This session on Wednesday, September 9, will start with a lecture by Jaideep Kapur (USA) on the translation of animal findings to the human situation. Eugen Trinka (Austria) will then discuss treatment options after failure of response to benzodiazepines and Simon Shorvon (UK) will address the management of super-refractory status epilepticus.

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World Brain Day July 22, 2015

World Brain Day July 22 2015

The World Federation of Neurology, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are pleased to announce that the focus for this year's World Brain Day is epilepsy.

  • Most common of the chronic serious brain diseases
  • Lack of awareness among public & misperceptions
  • Enormous psychosocial consequences for most people who have epilepsy.
  • Inadequate knowledge among physicians
  • Poor availability of medications in most countries

Videos and more information about World Brain Day

Discount on Epilepsy Books for ILAE Chapter Members

John Libbey Eurotext offers 15% discount

ILAE Chapter members can now receive a 15% on all books on Epilepsy published by John Libbey Eurotext.

Use Promotional Code: EPILEPSY when ordering on the John Libbey website.

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Epilepsia remains the top epilepsy journal


Epilepsia's latest impact factor is 4.571, essentially unchanged from last year. Epilepsia remains the top epilepsy journal, ranked 24 of 192 Clinical Neurology journals (up from 26 last year), with the most important and most cited papers.

Read the top 10 cited articles contributing to Epilepsia's new Impact Factor.
Access to these key articles is free for a limited time.

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News Around the World All news

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy:
Mechanisms and New Methods for Analyzing Risks

Seizures & Syndromes of Onset

This book presents a methodology for identifying and classifying clusters of risks that lead to SUDEP. Developed over the last two years, the SUDEP Classification System and Risk Factor Cluster ID method will help to address gaps in our knowledge about the causes and possible prevention of this tragic complication.

Edited by: Claire M. Lathers, Paul L. Schraeder, Jan E. Leestma, Braxton B. Wannamaker, Richard L. Verrier, Steven C Schachter, M.D.

Seizures and Syndromes of Onset in the Two First Years of Life

Seizures & Syndromes of Onset

A reference book on diagnosis, consequences, and management of neonatal and infantile seizures. This book provides new insights on how it is best to approach seizures and epilepsy in the first two years of life, to systematically create a blueprint upon which diagnostic and treatment decisions can be based.

Edited by: Helen Cross, Linda de Vries, Solomon Moshé, Douglas Nordli, Federico Vigevano

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Clinical Research News All news

Sudden cardiac arrest in people with epilepsy in the community: Circumstances and risk factors

Cardiovascular disease rather than epilepsy characteristics is the main determinant of VT/VF in people with epilepsy in the community. SCA and SUDEP are partially overlapping disease entities. (Neurology vol. 85 no. 3 212-218)

A prospective study of direct medical costs in a large cohort of consecutively enrolled patients with refractory epilepsy in Italy

Refractory epilepsy is associated with high costs that affect individuals and society. Costs differ across centers in relation to the characteristics of patients and the extent of use of more expensive, second-generation AEDs. Epilepsy-specific costs cannot be easily differentiated from costs related to comorbidities. (Epilepsia. DOI: 10.1111/epi.13030)


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Astrocyte uncoupling as a cause of human temporal lobe epilepsy

Astrogliosis (marked by hypertrophy of astrocytes and upregulation of astrocyte-specific markers) has been suggested to be proconvulsive in temporal lobe epilepsy. In this study, the authors show that there is loss of gap junction coupling between astrocytes in tissue resected from people with epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis; this could underlie improper buffering of K+ ions. … Using an animal model of epilepsy, the authors also show that astrocytic uncoupling is a fairly early process in epileptogenesis. Hence, one can hypothesize that halting astrocytic uncoupling after an initiating event could stop epileptogenesis.

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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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Epileptic Disorders

Editor's Choice:
Management of epilepsy in resource-limited settings. Comments by Associate Editor Mike Kerr

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Chapter Spotlight:

DES Course

The Danish Epilepsy Society (DES) promotes epileptology by recruiting young professionals, promoting education, stimulating research, and helping with quality assurance through its activities and collaborations with other medical societies.

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VIREPA Application Deadline 3 August!

Applications for the 2015-2016 Academic Year will be accepted from May 18 – August 3.

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Epilepsy & Sports

Diane Borg, Maltese Sportswoman
Maltese Sportswoman of the Year
Diane Borg and friend
Stand Up For Epilepsy® and for full participation in sports.

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Definition of Epilepsy 2014 - New definition and commentaries.

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