Task Forces

Research and Translation

Christos Lisgaras
Christos Lisgaras

Leader: Christos Lisgaras (GRE/US)
The Research and Translation Task Force, chaired by Christos Lisgaris (Greece/USA), promotes research-oriented activities, junior-level collaborations, and strategies to enhance early-career funding. This TF is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of the translational database and scientific exchanges on the ILAE-YES website (scientific, clinical, industry), as well as the YES4Wiki-initiative.

Advocacy

Manuela Ochoa-Urrea, MD
Manuela Ochoa-Urrea, MD

Leader: Manuela Ochoa-Urrea (COL)
The main goal of the Advocacy Task chaired by Manuela Ochoa-Urrea (Colombia) is to promote epilepsy knowledge and conscience around the globe. We are currently engaged in two projects:
1) Creating a repository of power point presentations that can be used by the global community to educate in epilepsy
2) Preparing a webinar series in epilepsy Advocacy during the months of February and March.
You can be part of this initiative by contacting us through slack in the channel #tf-advocacy. Ideas and suggestions are always welcomed!

Education

Christina Giavasi
Christina Giavasi

Leader: Christina Giavasi
The Education Task Force, chaired by Christina Giavasi, facilitates access to education materials for clinicians that are non-epilepsy specialists. This involves peer mentoring and career development sessions, as well as epilepsy education curriculum, study resources, and course overviews.

Conferences

Caroline Neuray
Caroline Neuray

Leader: Caroline Neuray (AUT)
The conference TF, chaired by Caroline Neuray (Austria) coordinates and supports YES activities at international, regional and subregional conferences. With educational and scientific contents are programmed independently, the conference TF is coordinating YES event schedules and planning out of conference activities, such as networking events, sporting events and hospital/lab visits.

Communications and IT

Neha Kaul
Neha Kaul

Leader: Neha Kaul (AUS)
The Communications and IT Task Force, chaired by Neha Kaul (Australia), facilitates and supports communication amongst members and works to promote YES initiatives globally. The Task Force publishes a quarterly newsletter and maintains the ILAE-YES website and works in collaboration with regional groups to support conference activities.

Visiting Fellowships

Mirja Steinbrenner
Mirja Steinbrenner

Leader: Mirja Steinbrenner (DEU)
The Visiting Fellowship Taskforce, chaired by Mirja Steinbrenner (Germany), aims to develop a programme with a network of visiting centres in each ILAE region, thereby bringing the community of professionals working in epilepsy in these regions closer together. Its mission is to help young researchers and clinicians working in the field of epilepsy push their careers forward by learning new skills and making new connections with other people in their field.
The programme will pilot in ILAE Europe, but we hope to bring it quickly to other ILAE regions as well.

Career Opportunities

Victoria Gruber
Victoria Gruber

Leader: Victoria Gruber (AUT)
The Opportunities Task Force, chaired by Victoria Gruber (Austria), coordinates and disseminates an online database of appropriate training options for clinicians and basic scientists worldwide and the available funding options. Besides courses, the task force maintains a list of available open positions in the field of epilepsy.

Publications

Leader: Nadia Khan (USA)
The Publications Task Force, chaired by Nadia Khan (USA), seeks to highlight the works and expertise of YES members in the form of written material. Recent activities included the YES Wikipedia Initiative, where young epilepsy professionals wrote on a topic of their choice and curated current Wikipedia content on epilepsy.

Interactive Media

Patricia Saletti
Patricia Saletti

Leader: Patricia Saletti (BRA; USA)
The Interactive Media Task Force, chaired by Patricia Saletti (Brazil; USA), works to inform, educate, and enrich the general and specialist public about epilepsy content, reaching people of all world regions and languages. This is facilitated through the publication and translation of content across social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).