XIII Congreso
Latinoamericano de Epilepsia

15-18 Junio 2024

Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

ILAE Executive Board

Mario
Alonso-Vanegas

Chair

Fernando
Cendes

Secretary General

Guilca
Contreras

Treasurer

Roberto Horacio Caraballo

Past Chair and Management Committee Liaison

Silvia Abente Paraguay

Member

Luis Carlos
Mayor-Romero

Member

Loreto
Ríos-Pohl

Member

Walter
Silva

Member

Diego
Jiménez-Jiménez

Representative – YES

Glauber
Lopim

Nursing
Representative

Katherinne
Moreno

Nursing
Representative

Regional Chapters

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica

 

Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Mexico

Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay
Venezuela

Regional Initiatives

17th Latin American Summer School
on Epilepsy (LASSE XVII)

Santa Monica Hotel and Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil

16 – 24 February 2024

The first edition of Latin American Summer School on Epilepsy (LASSE) was held in 2007 with the aim of offering young Latin American neuroscientists the opportunity to understand the most important aspects of current epileptology, from its pathophysiological bases to the most recent treatments.

All LASSE activities are conducted by the most distinguished experts from different parts of the world who generously share their knowledge with all participants. Each edition of LASSE addresses a specific topic on epilepsy.

The continuous and fundamental financial support of the ILAE, the São Paulo State Research Agency (FAPESP) and other agencies and foundations from different countries has made LASSE an ongoing and free event for all participants.

Organizers: ILAE, ILAE Academy, Academia Latinoamericana de Epilepsia (ALADE) and Brasilian League Against Epilepsy

2024 ALADE courses

ALADE Status epilepticus – Estado Epiléptico

5 July – 29 August

ALADE Epilepsy for primary care –
Epilepsia en atención primaria

8 July – 1 September 2024

ALADE Febrile seizures –
Crisis febriles

9 – 15 September 2024

Call for applicants will open 1 August 2024

ALADE Ketogenic therapy – Terapia cetogénica

30 September – 7 October 2024

Call for applicants will open 1 August 2024

ALADE First seizure –
Primera crisis

21 – 27 October 2024 (TBC)

Call for applicants will open 1 August 2024
For more information or to register: Jeannette Tebot epi.aps.online@gmail.com

Michael R. Sperling MD

Editor-in-Chief

Department of Neurology
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Stéphane Auvin MD, PhD

Deputy Editor

Child Neurology
Robert-Debré University Hospital
Paris-Cité University
Paris, France

Epilepsia® is the leading, authoritative source for innovative clinical and basic science research for all aspects of epilepsy and seizures. In addition, Epilepsia® publishes critical reviews, opinion pieces, and guidelines that foster understanding and aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with seizures and epilepsy.

Impact Factor: 5.6 | CiteScore: 9.8 | Journal Citation Indicator: 1.56
5-Year Impact Factor: 7.478 | SNIP: 2.183

TOPICS COVERED

  • Clinical, basic and translational research including
  • Major clinical trials
  • Large scale epidemiology studies
  • Original outcome studies
  • Imaging and other diagnostic studies improving clinical insights and outcomes
  • Pathology studies that provide new insights into the underlying disease
  • Laboratory studies about potential new therapies, mechanisms of drugs or pathophysiology of epilepsy

  

TYPES OF ARTICLES

  • Original research
  • Brief communications
  • Review articles
  • Position papers from the League
  • Recommendations from League Commissions and Task Forces

REASONS TO PUBLISH IN EPILEPSIA

  • Enjoy an easy Free Format submission process, with quick first decision time of 3 weeks on average, and Accepted Article publication, getting your research online quicker.
  • Publish with prestige in an ILAE-owned journal, ranked in the JCR’s top 10% in Clinical Neurology.
  • Enhance your article visibility in a journal boasting over 2.5 million article downloads annually.
  • Increased impact via publicity, social media, and publication of landmark papers.
  • Manuscripts will be subject to external peer review. Manuscript submission and publication is without charge

Aristea S. Galanopoulou, M.D., Ph.D.

Editor-in-Chief

The Albert Einstein College
of Medicine Bronx
NY, USA

Dong Zhou M.D.

Deputy Editor

West China Hospital of
Sichuan University Chengdu,
China

Epilepsia OpenTM is the open access journal of the ILAE, publishing rigorous basic, translational, and clinical epilepsy research or critical reviews aiming to promote the dissemination, transparency, translatability, and implementation of epilepsy research advances.

Impact Factor: 3.0 | CiteScore: 6.5
Journal Citation Indicator: 0.97 | SNIP: 1.516

TOPICS COVERED

  • Clinical, basic and translational research
  • Clinical and preclinical trials including pilot trials that may provide new insights or directions
  • Well performed clinical or animal studies that are negative or fail to confirm previous studies
  • Original imaging and pathology research
  • Innovative epidemiology studies
  • Societal and public health impact studies
  • Clinical implications of basic science in epilepsy

  

TYPES OF ARTICLES

  • Original research
  • Short original articles
  • Review articles
  • Editorials and Opinions
  • Reports from Regional and Topic Specific ILAE Task Forces
  • Controversy, Concepts and Hypotheses in Epilepsy
  • Preliminary reports
  • Multicenter studies

REASONS TO PUBLISH IN EPILEPSIA OPENTM

  • Detailed Author Guidelines
  • Discounted APC rates for ILAE members and special situations.
  • Easy Free Format submission process, with a no-delay Accepted Article publication.
  • Publish with prestige in an ILAE-owned journal.
  • Expand the reach of your research with copyright retention in an Open Access format.
  • Global readership with double-digit annual growth and special issues on key topics in the field.
  • Annual prizes for the best research submitted by young investigators

Epileptic Disorders™ is the educational journal of the International League Against Epilepsy.
First published in 1999. Publishes electronic format only, bimonthly with video sequences.

Sándor Beniczky

Editor-in-Chief

Alexis Arzimanoglou

Editor-in-Chief

Elza Márcia Yacubian

Deputy Editor

MISSION

To provide a forum where epilepsy specialists, adult and child neurologists and medical students can improve their understanding of epilepsy diagnosis, natural history and management. To achieve its missions the journal provides a large database and archive of video and EEG instructional material that is a unique resource.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Clinical aspects of epilepsy
  • All aspects of the diagnosis and treatment
  • Natural history of epilepsy and its syndromes
  • Global management of seizure disorders
  • Practical application of neurophysiological, imaging and other ancillary techniques

TYPES OF ARTICLES

  • Original research
  • Seminars in epileptology addressing learning objectives of the ILAE curriculum
  • Original Case reports with instructional value
  • Review articles about diagnosis and management of epilepsy
  • Articles in which video and/or Multimedia Material are an important component
  • Educational papers from the ILAE Commissions and Task Forces
  • Multimedia teaching material on EEG, neuroimaging, neuropathology on the website epilepticdisorders.com

Articles published early online. Manuscripts are subject to external peer review. Manuscript submission and publication is without charge.

Contact us at: epilepticdisorders@epilepticdisorders.com
Submission of manuscripts: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/epilepsia
Web: www.epilepticdisorders.com

Nandan Yardi

Editor-in-Chief

Amin Azzam

Wikipedian

Atul Maheshwari

Wikipedian

Christos Lisgaras

Wikipedian

Nadia Khan

Wikipedian

James Heilman

Advisor

Nicola Maggio

Advisor

Selim Benbadis

Advisor

Shani Evenstein Sigalov

Advisor

The scope of work of the Wikipedia Epilepsy initiative involves two equally important activities:

Edit existing epilepsy-related entries

This is a central aspect of the initiative. The goal is to make entries accurate and authoritative, applying extensive references/links to appropriate publications, especially those that involve ILAE related materials on www.ilae.org or from ILAE’s three journals, and including open access articles, and applying language that is, as much as possible, understandable by non-professionals, in keeping with Wikipedia policy.

Create/solicit new epilepsy-related entries

  1. Standard Wikipedia entries
  2. Full-featured professional quality articles that can be simultaneously published in Wikipedia and in open access journals such as Epilepsia Open or other Creative Commons-licensed journals. The second format is preferred when possible, as it provides the authors an opportunity for recognized authorship and contributes to their Curriculum Vitae.

The ILAE calls interested medical students, physicians (residents/fellows/epilepsy experts) as well as other healthcare professionals and researchers to contribute.

Some articles being updated as a part of the project:

Anti NMDA receptor encephalitis

Benign infantile epilepsy

Catamenial epilepsy

Childhood Absence Epilepsy

Dravet syndrome

Early myoclonic epilepsy

Electroencephalography

Epileptogenesis

Febrile related epilepsy syndrome

Febrile seizures

Frontal lobe epilepsy

Generalised tonic clonic seizures

Generalized epilepsy

Hemispherectomy

Idiopathic generalized epilepsy

Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

Midazolam

Myoclonic astatic epilepsy

Myoclonic epilepsy

Myoclonus

Neonatal seizures

Reflex seizure

Seizure and epilepsy classification

Status Epilepticus

Tuberous sclerosis

Epigraph

Epigraph is the official digital publication of the ILAE, available for all members free of charge. No subscription required.

Sharp Waves

An epilepsy podcast from ILAE! Listen to episodes on the ILAE website, or find Sharp Waves on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or Amazon Music.

Every month the ILAE hosts a multitude of free webinars.
Attend live and interact with speakers, or watch on demand on our YouTube Channel:

Topics include

ASEPA EEG

Congresses

Eastern Mediterranean and Africa webinars in French and English

Eastern Mediterranean EpiCases

Nursing Section

E-forum

Neuropsychology

Climate Change

SUDEP

IGAP

ILAE’s YouTube channel has a multitude of free educational resources.

Topics include

  • ASEPA EEG
  • Africa EpiSkills
  • Africa and East Mediterranean webinars
  • Asia & Oceania Surgery Case by Case
  • Le cours sur l’épilepsie en français
  • Congresses
  • Academy

And much more!

 

VIREPA course format

All courses are internet-based, e-moderated courses with downloadable learning material. To earn credits in each learning unit, tasks are successfully completed through active communication among all participants, guided by the experts. The tasks strengthen the theoretical knowledge and enable the participant to transfer this knowledge to his/her clinical practice.

The courses are primarily intended for neurologists, paediatric neurologists and paediatricians, neuropsychiatrists and neuropsychologists, epilepsy nurses and nurse practitioners dealing with patients with epilepsy. However some courses are appropriate for neurophysiologists and basic scientists including geneticists, physiologists and neuroscientists, who are dealing with patients with epilepsy.

COURSE DETAILS:

Neuroimaging for Epilepsy Diagnosis & Management

Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 38 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

EEG in the diagnosis & management of epilepsyBasic

Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 44 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

EEG in the diagnosis & management of epilepsyAdvanced

Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

EEG in the Diagnosis & Management of EpilepsyPediatric

Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 56 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All Courses are Subject to Availability

Entry criteria:

Three years of training in neurology, neuropediatrics, clinical neurophysiology, psychiatry or

neurosurgery or combinations of these. See special entry criteria for each course at  www.ilae.org.

Bursaries:
A limited number of bursaries are available. For more details, see www.ilae.org

For questions, please contact ILAE VIREPA staff at courses@ilae.org

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

EPI-ACT

Regional breakout groups were asked to consider how best to develop individual Chapter epilepsy action (EPI-ACT) plans to support the implementation of the Intersectoral global action plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders (IGAP) over the next two years. Groups were also encouraged to address how regional and global support is needed across each of the six main EPI-ACT areas.

Engage with governments and partner organizations to agree upon and work towards achieving regionally relevant and realistic targets for the expansion of epilepsy service coverage.

Develop or revise national health plans and investment for epilepsy services, prevention practices, and research.

Routinely collect information and core data about epilepsy for health service planning and research.

Address access to treatment, including public awareness, medication availability and increased reach.

Build integrated, people centered, and evidence-based care pathways and
service models.

Identify gaps and expand nation-wide training and education at all levels, from community health to primary and specialist care.

ILAE Executive Committee 2021-25

J Helen Cross

President

Edward Bertram

Secretary General

Alla Guekht

Treasurer

Roberto Caraballo

 Vice President

Sam Wiebe

Past President

Eugen Trinka

Strategic Advisor

Julie Hall

Executive Director

Jo Wilmshurst

Chair, ILAE Africa

John Dunne

Chair, ILAE Asia & Oceania

Ghaieb Aljandeel

Chair, East Mediterreanean

Matthew Walker

Chair, ILAE Europe

Mario Alonso Vanegas

Chair, Latin America

Jaideep Kapur

Chair, North America

Ingmar Blümcke

Chair, Education Council

Jean Gotman

Chair, Publication Council

Nathalie Jette

Chair, Standards &
Best Practice Council

Francesca Sofia

IBE President

Gus Baker

IBE Secretary General

Graeme Shears

IBE Treasurer

ILAE Councils

Councils are oversight and coordinating entities with a specific purpose, based on functions defined by the League’s Mission and Strategic Plan. They are “standing” (ongoing) entities responsible for long  and short-term planning, for policy review, and for recommending a course of action to the Executive Committee.

J Helen Cross

Chair

Congress Council enhances the quality, relevance and profile of ILAE Congresses, steps needed to stay abreast of technical and educational advances in congresses, and financial sustainability of ILAE congresses.

Gagandeep Singh

Chair

Education Council formulates strategies to enhance the quality, relevance and profile of ILAE Educational activities, steps needed to stay abreast of technical and educational advances, and regarding financial sustainability of ILAE education activities.

Alla Guekht

Chair

Global Advocacy Council formulates strategies to enhance the quality, relevance and profile of ILAE Global Advocacy activities, steps needed to stay abreast of needs and opportunities for Global and Regional Advocacy initiatives, and prioritization of activities.

Michael Sperling

Chair

Publication Council recommends strategies to enhance the quality, relevance and profile of ILAE publications, staying abreast of technical and publishing innovations, maintaining financial sustainability of ILAE publications, guiding policy for ILAE guidelines, recommendations, position papers and other reports.

Nathalie Jette

Chair

Standards and Best Practice Council was created with the aim of overviewing all aspects of ILAE’s work on the development, effective dissemination and efforts at implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines and Best Practices Standards in epilepsy.

Topical Commissions

In every four-year term, the President and the Executive Committee appoint Topic-Oriented Commissions and Task Forces to carry out work for the ILAE. These bodies involve individual members trans-nationally.

Colin Josephson

Big Data Commission

Marian Galovic

Career Development Commission

Sanjay Sisodiya

Climate Change Commission

Sallie Baxendale

Diagnostic Methods Commission

Jakob Christensen

Epidemiology Commission

Piero Perucca

Genetics Commission

Lieven Lagae

Medical Therapies Commission

Taoufik Majed Alsaadi

Older People Commission

Kette D Valente

Paediatrics Commission

David C Henshall

Neurobiology Commission

Rosa Michaelis

Psychiatry Commission

Dario Englot

Surgical Therapies Commission

Nicola Specchio

Terminology Commission

Complimentary International Individual Affiliation for all those active in Commissions coming soon

Explore ILAE Sections

The Young Epilepsy Section (YES) of the ILAE is a worldwide organisation of young people who are in the early stages of a career focused on the care of people with epilepsy, and/or epilepsy research.

Our overarching purposes are to:

Improve the professional development of young people working with epilepsy across the globe

Equitably expand the involvement of junior women and men from all regions and disciplines across the ILAE.

Open to all junior members of the ILAE national chapters, and encompasses diverse professionals such as physicians, basic scientists, nurses, (neuro)psychologists, clinical researchers, genetic counsellors, pharmacologists, physicists, dieticians, mathematicians, social workers, and other health and community professionals. Students training in fields relevant to epilepsy are also welcome.

The Nursing Section of ILAE is a global network of nurses who care for people with epilepsy.  Nurses may work in many different roles and settings that vary from region to region and in relation to economic, social, cultural, and racial/ethnic diversity. Despite diverse practice environments, the vision and needs of these nurses are similar. This Nursing Section will work to promote involvement of nurses from all nations in the care of people with epilepsy and in the work of the ILAE.

What does the Nursing Section do?

  • Develop a communication platform and resource for epilepsy nurses
  • Assess the learning and practice needs of epilepsy nurses worldwide
  • Develop standardized nursing education curricula that can be tailored to individual regions and practice settings
  • Promote nursing participation in ILAE councils, committees, task forces and commissions
  • Promote nursing participation in education of health care professionals and the public
  • Facilitate communication, knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking, among nursing and neurology/epilepsy professionals worldwide

New
ILAE Sections

ILAE Pharmacy Section

  • Commits to caring for people with epilepsy
  • Contributes to advancing safety and efficacy of
    anti-seizure medications
  • Connects pharmacy professionals engaged in epilepsy research and care
  • Collaborates with other healthcare professionals
    in achieving ILAE goals

We accomplish this by

  • Delivering educational programs
  • Providing useful ILAE resources
  • Engaging in ILAE leadership
  • Linking ILAE with international pharmacy organizations

The Neurotechnology in Epilepsy Section is a global network of people interested in developing and using technology for epilepsy management, including but not limited to neural sensing, imaging, modeling, stimulation, interfacing, AI and informatics using bioengineering, mathematics, statistics, computer science. Examples are post-processing of EEG and MRI data, AI, wearables.

Special appeal for:

  • Engineers, physicists, data scientists
  • Clinicians applying digital technology in their practice
  • Neurotechnology Section participants must be ILAE chapter members or ILAE individual international affiliates

Social Work & Social Service Section: Social workers and social service workers are part of multidisciplinary teams that manage epilepsy. Their work involves promoting awareness and treatment, as well as research and advocacy. The Social Work and Social Services Section will work to promote involvement of social workers and social service workers from all nations in the care of people with epilepsy and in the work of the ILAE.

The following professionals from any part of the world are welcome to participate:

  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Community workers
  • Social scientists
  • Social service professionals
  • Human service workers

Participants should be ILAE chapter members and/or ILAE international affiliates. If you are interested but are not connected with a chapter or an affiliate, please contact us for assistance in becoming a member.

ILAE Classification and Definition of Epilepsy Syndromes

Introduction to the Epilepsy Syndrome Papers, Epilepsia (2022)

Translations: Arabic

ILAE Classification and Definition of Epilepsy Syndromes with Onset in Neonates and Infants: Position Statement by the ILAE Task Force on Nosology and Definitions, Epilepsia (2022)

Translations: Arabic | Ukrainian

ILAE Classification and Definition of Epilepsy Syndromes with Onset at a Variable Age: Position Statement by the ILAE Task Force on Nosology and Definitions, Epilepsia (2022)

Translations: Arabic | Spanish | Ukrainian

ILAE Definition of the Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy Syndromes: Position Statement by the ILAE Task Force on Nosology and Definitions, Epilepsia (2022)

Translations: Arabic | Spanish | Ukrainian

Methodology for Classification and Definition of Epilepsy Syndromes with List of Syndromes: Report of the ILAE Task Force on Nosology and Definitions, Epilepsia (2022)

Translations: Spanish | Ukrainian

List of Epilepsy Syndromes

Translations: Arabic | Chinese | French | Greek | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Portuguese | Spanish | Ukrainian

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