Programme

The Scientific and Organising Committee are working to create a programme offering the best in epilepsy education. 
The congress will provide a platform to hear from world-renowned experts and with the on-demand recordings of the sessions allowing you to attend sessions at your own convenience.

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AOEC 2022 Programme at a glance

Epilepsy: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Management 

Co-Chairs: Chien Chen (Taiwan) & Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka) 

  • Diagnosis of epilepsy with special considerations across the age spectrum - KP Vinayan (India) 
  • Management of Epilepsy with special considerations across the age spectrum (practical guide of ASM) - Zarine Mogal (Pakistan) 
  • Differential diagnosis between epilepsy and movement disorder - Andrew Bleasel (Australia) 
  • Practical guide of dietary therapy in epilepsy - Pi-Lien Hung (Taiwan) 

  

Epilepsy Surgery 

Co-Chairs: Tai-Tong Wong (Taiwan) & TBC 

  • Epilepsy surgery: who and when? - Zainal Muttaqin (Indonesia) 
  • The minimal epilepsy presurgical evaluation setup in resource-limited regions - Manjari Tripathi (India) 
  • How to perform Epilepsy surgery in resource-limited regions? - Robert Hsin-Hung Chen (Taiwan) 
  • What can we do when the results are not concordant in a resource-limited setting? - Masaki Iwasaki (Japan) 

 

Basic and Translational Research in Our Region 

Co-Chairs: Terence O'Brien (Australia) & Akio Ikeda (Japan)  

  • Preclinical trials of medical disease modifying therapies for drug resistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy - Pablo Casillas-Espinosa (Australia/Mexico) 
  • Discovering new anti-seizure medications using zebrafish models - Mohmad Farooq Shaikh (Malaysia) 
  • Can platelets play a role in acquired epileptogensis? - TBC 
  • The involvement of the mTOR pathway in the development of cardiac dysfunction in epilepsy: A potential new target for SUDEP prevention - TBC
  • Advanced imaging techniques to visualise the epileptogenic zone - Ko Matsui (Japan) 

Application of Genetic Testing in Epileptic Encephalopathy 

Chair: Yue-Hua Zhang (China) 
Speaker:  Yuwu Jiang (China) 

 

Getting the Best Out of Diagnostic EEG: Including Advances in Portable EEG 

Chair: Howan Leung (Hong Kong) 
Speaker: TBC 

 

Modern Imaging for Epilepsy: A practical Guide  

Chair: Charcrin Nabangchang (Thailand)  
Speaker Yotin Chinvarun (Thailand) 

 

Epilepsy and Sleep 

Chair: Liang-Po Hsieh (Taiwan) 
Speaker: John Dunne (Australia) 

 

Climate Change and Epilepsy: Relationship and Action?  

Chair: Aris Catur Bintoro (Indonesia) 
Speaker: Medine Gulcebi (Turkey) 

Chair: Shang-Yeong Kwan (Taiwan)  

  • Brief introduction of the IGAP and the national comprehensive governance for epilepsy prevention and control in China – Shichuo Li (China) 

Epilepsy & Stigma – Looking Back To Move Forward  

Co-Chairs: Zarine Mogal (Pakistan), & Chong-Tin Tan (Malaysia) 

  • Cross-cutting approaches to stigma, think beyond the box - TBC 
  • Epilepsy stigma research in Asian-Oceanian, what’s next? - Kheng-Seang Lim (Malaysia) 
  • Why is it still an issue? - Ernst Somerville (Australia) 

AOCN-AOEC Friendship Symposium: WHO Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders 2022 – 2031  

Co-Chairs: Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka) & TBC    

  • Visions and objectives for IGAP - TBC                                                          
  • Action plans and implementation strategies for IGAP – Julie Hall (UK) 
  • Overcoming access to care with telemedicine in the COVID era -  Josephine Chan (Australia)    

      

Status Epilepticus: Diagnosis and Effective Management 

Co-Chairs: Udaya Seneviratne (Australia) & TBC 

  • What’s new in Status Epilepticus – Hajime Yoshimura (Japan) 
  • Defining and treating the underlying cause and outcomes - TBC 
  • Anti-seizure medication: what works (whether new or old), traps and pitfalls -Udaya Seneviratne (Australia) 

Epilepsy and the Developing Brain  

Co-Chairs: Derrick Chan (Singapore) & Jianxiang Liao (China) 

  • Uncovering the genomic basis of the developmental and epileptic encephalopathies -  Ingrid Scheffer (Australia) 
  • Treatment in the developing brain, including treatment gap - Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka) 
  • Maternal nutrition: including clean water, avoiding toxins and infectious diseases/immunisations/gene therapy in future – Adeline Ngoh (Singapore) 
  • Epilepsy treatment outcome in infants younger than one years old – Jianxiang Liao (China) 

 

Big Data and AI in Epilepsy: Is the Future Already Here? 

Co-Chairs: Terence O’Brien (Australia) & Sarat Chandra (India) 

  • What is AI and deep learning, how can it help us? - Srinivas Chilukuri (India) 
  • What can Big Data do for the epileptologists in patient management? -  Colin Josephson (Canada) 
  • Using AI for epilepsy management: What lessons can we learn from other conditions? TBC 
  • Developing a portable video EEG with dry electrodes using an AI paradigm integrated into a mobile application - Sarat Chandra (India) 

 

Personalized Management of Epilepsy  

 Co-Chairs: Shang-Yeong Kwan (Taiwan) & Muzharul Mannan (Bangladesh) 

  • New era of personalised epilepsy management - Patrick Kwan (Australia) 
  • Antiseizure selection and outcome prediction tools, are they clinically applicable? TBC 
  • HLA screening and antiepileptic adverse drug reactions, state of the art practices -  Chonlaphat Sukasem (Thailand)  

  

Mixing Medicines, ASMs and Non-ASMs: Uses and Interactions 

Co-Chairs: Piero Perucca (Australia) & John Dunne (Australia) 

  • Mixing medicines in the management of epilepsy and its comorbidities: prescribing patterns across the world- Manjari Tripathi (India) 
  • Interactions between antiseizure medications (ASMs) and other medications -  Piero Perucca (Australia) 
  • Interactions involving the newest ASMs, including interactions with other ASMs  - Emilio Perucca (Australia) 

 

Mortality in Epilepsy  

Co-Chairs: KP Vinayan (India) & Ernest Somerville (Australia) 

  • Overview (To include Mortality statistics, causes, risk factors, strategies, and differences in low-middle income countries) - Ernest Somerville (Australia) 
  • Mortality in children with epilepsy - KP Vinayan (India) 
  • Can seizure detection devices reduce mortality?  Sándor Beniczky (Denmark) 

  

Epilepsy with Medical Comorbidities 

Co-Chairs: Hiba Mahmud (Pakistan) & TBC 

  • Epilepsy AD and dementia - TBC  
  • Headache, migraine and epilepsy - Sang Kun Lee (South Korea) 
  • Sleep disorders and epilepsy - Kanitpong Phabphal (Thailand) 

 

Women with Epilepsy  

Co-Chairs: Sanjeev Thomas (India) & Kurnia Kusumastuti (Indonesia) 

  • Planned pregnancy: importance and implementation - Zarine Mogal (Pakistan) 
  • Interdisciplinary approach of managing WWE during pregnancy, labour and postpartum period – Hideyuki Ohtani (Japan) 
  • WWE and Bone Health - TBC 

 

Epilepsy Behaviour & Mental Health  

Co-Chairs: KP Vinayan (India) & Venus Tang (Hong Kong) 

  • Psychological screening and patient empowerment for epilepsy (including depression and anxiety) - Venus Tang (Hong Kong)
  • Epilepsy and Autistic Spectrum Disorders and ADHD - KP Vinayan (India) 
  • Effect of ASMs on Behaviour and Mental Health - Shang-Yeong Kwan (Taiwan) 

 

Neuromodulation in the Treatment of Epilepsy  

Co-Chairs: Sarat Chandra (India) & TBC 

  • Neuromodulation in the treatment of epilepsy: an overview - Philippe Ryvlin (Switzerland) 
  • Combination of VNS with DBS - Arthur Cukiert (Brazil) 
  • Closed loop brain stimulation and paradigm shifts in epilepsy surgery -  Mark Richardson (USA)

  

Epilepsy in Adolescence   

Co-Chairs: Jianxiang  Liao (China) &  Jithangi Wanigasinghe (Sri Lanka)  

  • Epilepsy in the adolescent: the spectrum - J.Helen Cross (UK) 
  • Puberty and epilepsy - Josephine Casanova-Gutierrez (Philippines) 
  • Psychosocial facet of epilepsy in the adolescent - TBC 
  • Epilepsy surgery in the adolescent  - Lixin Cai (China) 

  

Epilepsy Prevention Strategies 

Co-Chairs: Derrick Chan (Singapore) & Pablo Casillasis-Espinosa (Australia/Mexico) 

  • Genetic and inflammatory processes leading to epilepsy - Derrick Chan (Singapore)               
  • Infections: antenatal and postnatal - TBC                                                
  • Prevention of traumatic head injuries - TBC                                            
  • Truly antiepileptogenic drugs - Pablo Casillasis-Espinosa (Australia/Mexico)                                                             

 

Autoimmune Epilepsy: When to Suspect and What to do 

Chairs: Chong-Tin Tan (Malaysia) & TBC 

  • Update on autoimmune encephalitis - TBC 
  • Epidemiology - TBC
  • Update on NORSE/FIRE - Kuang-Lin Lin (Taiwan) 
  • When to suspect autoimmune aetiology – Wen-Xiong Chen (China) 

Brainstorming Session 

Co-Chairs: Ajay Asranna (India) & Maggie Yau (Hong Kong) 

-Part A: Advances in SEEG and robotics - Andrew Neal (Australia) and Emily Cockle (Australia) 
-Part B: Advances in epilepsy surgery- Laser and RF ablation - Ashok Pillai (India) 

 

Career Development Sessions Part 1 

Co-Chairs: Honor Coleman (Australia), Ching Soong Khoo (Malaysia) & Akil Muhammad (UK) 

  • Clinical career pathways - Suvasini Sharma (India)
  • Research career pathways/balancing clinical and research careers - TBC 
  • Alternative & inter-professional career pathways in epilepsy – TBC 

 

Career Development Sessions Part 2 

  • How to write a compelling grant application - Ngaire Keenan (New Zealand) & TBC 

 

Data Blitz 

Co-Chairs: Daichi Sone (Japan), Pablo Casillasis-Espinosa (Australia/Mexico) 

Session 1: Chien Chen (Taiwan) & Chong Wong (Australia) 

Session 2: Co-Chairs: Manjari Tripathi (India) & Hideaki Shiraishi (Japan) 

  • Older vs Newer ASMs: The Differences are Exaggerated 
    Gagandeep Singh (India) (FOR)
    John Dunne (Australia) (AGAINST) 

 

  • Alternative Therapies are Underused in Epilepsy  
    Chien Chen (Taiwan) (FOR)
    TBC (AGAINST) 
  • Welcome Addresses
    Co-Chairs: Anchor Hung (Hong Kong) & John Dunne (Australia) 

 

  • Global effort on epilepsy - WHO implementation of IGAP
    Co-Chairs: Anchor Hung (Hong Kong) & John Dunne (Australia) 
    Speakers: TBC 
    Discussion/invited patient advocates/chapter members 

 

  • Announcement of the Golden Light awardees 
    Co-Chairs: TBC 

 

  • Overcoming Stigma With Epilepsy in Response to IGAP – International Experiences Stigma Toolkit
    Co-Chairs: Man Mohan Mehndiratta (India) & TBC
    Speakers: TBC 

 

  • Overcoming Stigma with Epilepsy in Response to IGAP – Asian and Oceanic Perspectives
    Co-Chairs: Kheng-Seang Lim (Malalsia) &  TBC
    Speakers: TBC 

 

  • Enhancing Access to Epilepsy Care (Health and Social Care) in Response to IGAP (Child & Adult Epilepsy)
    Co-Chairs: Tovuudorj Avirmed (Mongolia) 
  • Child Epilepsy – TBC 
  • Strengthening primary healthcare in Myanmar:  WHO initiative – TBC 
  • Discussion - Invited patient advocates/chapter members 

 

  • Enhancing Access to Epilepsy Care - (Health and Social Care) in Response to IGAP  
    Co-Chairs: Sherman Goh (Singapore) & TBC
    Speakers: Graeme Shears (Australia), TBC
  • Discussion - Invited patient advocates/chapter members 

 

  • Awardee Personal Story Sharing & IBE Strategic Initiatives to IGAP &Challenges
    Co-Chairs: TBC
    Speakers: TBC 
  • Invited sharing and discussion on IGAP 
  • Conclusion 

 

  • Closing
    Co-Chairs: Anchor Hung (Hong Kong) & TBC 

Congress Begins

263Days : 10Hours : 15Minutes : 33Seconds

Key Dates

Congress Begins

17 November, 2022

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