Researchers, clinicians, health professionals and scientists working in the field of epilepsy came together this week for the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Annual Scientific Meeting. Epilepsy Research UK Chair and outgoing ILAE British President Professor Matthew Walker Chaired this year’s conference, which was once again held virtually.
What is the ILAE?
The ILAE is the world’s pre-eminent association of doctors, health professionals and scientists working in the field of epilepsy. It has a world-wide membership, organised regionally with over 100 national chapters in all continents of the world. The goals of the ILAE are to advance and disseminate knowledge about epilepsy, improve services and care for patients, and promote research, education and training.
What were the highlights from this year’s event?
This year’s conference saw an exciting and varied programme, with world-leading researchers presenting their work on a range of fascinating topics such as advances in technology in epilepsy, epilepsy and sleep, seizure control and epilepsy’s effects on memory. We were delighted to see many familiar faces at the event, with 15 Epilepsy Research UK-funded researchers and Scientific Advisory Committee members chairing sessions and discussing findings from their pioneering projects. Professor John Terry presented on his workinvestigating the use of mathematical modelling for epilepsy diagnosis – read more on his work in his Research Blog here. Professor Mark Richardson discussed his ERUK-funded research investigating wearable technology in seizure forecasting. You can read about Professor Richardson’s work with PhD student Andrea Biondi’s in this Research Blog. We also heard from Dr Rhys Thomas, Dr Umesh Vivekanda, Professor Arjune Sen, Professor Torsten Baldeweg, Professor Rohit Shankar and Professor Liam Gray.
How is Epilepsy Research UK involved in the conference?