COVID-19 and Epilepsy

ILAE Virtual Symposium
Learnings from the COVID Pandemic: The New Normal

ILAE Virtual Symposium: Learnings from the COVID Pandemic: The new normal

This symposium features opportunities to gain insights from ILAE experts, learn more about current best practices, and understand how the pandemic will likely affect medical practice into the future. View symposium recording

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If you have cared for a patient who has experienced an exacerbation of seizures, developed new onset seizures, or experienced another neurological change, please add the case information to our dataset.


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Surveys and FAQs for patients and clinicians are available in up to 10 languages other than English. Select one of the sections below to begin!

The COVID19 pandemic is affecting all of us, regardless of where we are and what we do. Professionals in epilepsy, like most health professionals, are under substantial strain on many fronts. As clinicians, we are called to deliver care under difficult circumstances and often with limited or insufficient resources. As researchers, our clinical and basic research facilities are on lock down and programs are halted.

As the pandemic progresses, we learn more about the disease and the possible effect on our patients. Our model of care with regard to how we treat our patients has had to change. Here we provide up to date information and resources to help us do this.

If you have important information to share about management of people with epilepsy in relation to COVID-19, email us here

ILAE COVID-19 and Epilepsy Research Award

The ILAE wish to recognize research that has been undertaken during the COVID19 pandemic. The award, one to be awarded to the best research, published or in press, for each ILAE region, will consist of a certificate and a monetary award of $500. Preference will be given to junior principal investigators. Submit applications, including the reference of the study, to by 15th December 2020. Results will be announced in January 2021 in the ILAE newsletter, website and social media.

ILAE Congress Changes

The 34th International Epilepsy Congress will be held in August 2021 as originally planned.

ILAE Regional Congresses: The North American Congress will take place on the original dates, but will be entirely virtual. Other regional congress dates and formats are being decided.

ILAE Academy is now open!!