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What happened at the 11th European Congress on Epileptology

ECE 2014

Close to 2,500 delegates from 91 countries gathered in Stockholm from June 29th through July 3rd for the 11th European Congress on Epileptology. The opening ceremony introduced the Nobel Prize Theme of the Congress, the host city being the home of the great donor Alfred Nobel.

Singers welcome delegates
Singers welcome
ECE 2014
Olov Amelin presenting
the Life of Alfred Nobel
ECE 2014
Poster discussion

Inspired by the bridges connecting the islands of Stockholm, "Building Bridges" was the general philosophy of the scientific programme: Bridges between basic and clinical science; between research and clinical practice; between delegates and the ILAE leadership in interactive sessions on classification and definitions; between ILAE/CEA and other relevant organizations through joint sessions with European Sleep Research Society, with the ILAE North American Commission, with the European Medicines Agency, and with IBE.

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News from ILAE

EpilepsyDiagnosis.org – The new online ILAE Diagnostic Manual

The ILAE Commission on Classification and Terminology is pleased to announce the release of a cutting-edge online diagnostic manual of the epilepsies. The manual makes available the latest concepts relating to seizures and the epilepsies in an easy to understand form. The principal goal is to assist clinicians who look after people with epilepsy anywhere in the world to diagnose seizure type(s), classify epilepsy, diagnose epilepsy syndromes and define the etiology.

ILAE Takes Important Step in Uncovering the Genetic Underpinnings of Epilepsy


In a study just published in the prestigious Lancet Neurology, an international group of epilepsy researchers assembled by the ILAE Genetics Commission have made an important first step in discovering that whether or not we develop epilepsy may be determined by the combination of genes that we inherit.

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News Around the World
Yukio Fukuyama

Farewell: Yukio Fukuyama

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Yukio Fukuyama, a true pioneer in the field of pediatric neurology who chaired the Department of Pediatrics at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, for a quarter of a century, teaching and mentoring young doctors and leading us into the 21st century.

Ingrid Scheffer

Ingrid Scheffer receives Queen's Birthday honours

Ingrid Scheffer, past chair of the Classification and Terminology Commission of the ILAE, was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for distinguished service to medicine as a clinician, academic and mentor, and for research into identifying epilepsy syndromes and genes.

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Clinical Research News

Impairment of ceramide synthesis causes a novel progressive myoclonus epilepsy

Alterations of sphingolipid metabolism are implicated in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative disorders. The authors demonstrated that the mutation decreases C18-ceramide levels. In addition, they showed that downregulation of CerS1 in a neuroblastoma cell line triggers ER stress response and induces proapoptotic pathways. (Annals of Neurology)

Early predictors of refractory status epilepticus: an international two-center study

This study confirms the independent prognostic value of readily available parameters for early RSE prediction. Prospective studies are needed to identify additional robust predictors, which could be added to the proposed model for further optimization towards a reliable prediction scoring system. (European Journal of Neurology)

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Basic Science of Epilepsy News

Epilepsia May 2014

Workshop on Neurobiology of Epilepsy appraisal:
New systemic imaging technologies to study the brain in experimental models of epilepsy

Successful application of functional neuroimaging of the whole brain in the animal laboratory now permits investigations during epileptogenesis and correlation with deep brain electroencephalography (EEG) activity. With the continuing development of these techniques and analytical methods, the potential for future translational research on epilepsy is enormous. Epilepsia. doi: 10.1111/epi.12642

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Applications still being accepted for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

The ILAE’s Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA) provides a variety of online courses about the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy in a highly interactive format.

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Chapter Spotlight: Cuba

ALADE 2014
ALADE 2014

En el marco del 25 aniversario del Centro Internacional de Restauración Neurológica (CIREN) se realizó en la Habana Cuba el III curso ALADE en marzo del 2014. El tema del curso fue “Cirugía de Epilepsia en Niños y Adultos” …

[The 2014 ALADE focused on “Epilepsy Surgery in Children and Adults.” …]

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Definition of Epilepsy 2014 - New definition and commentaries.

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ILAE Congresses

8th Latin American Congress on Epilepsy
17 - 20 September, 2014
8th Latin American Congress on Epilepsy (LACE)
Buenos Aires


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