Epilepsy Research UK is a member of the ILAE, but what exactly does this organisation do?

The International League Against Epilepsy (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.

When was it founded?

The ILAE has been around for over 100 years, having been in existence since 1909 and the British branch was one of the founding members. It has held meetings since 1913 and is one of only two national ILAE branches that have been in continual existence since the origins of the League.

Is the ILAE just for UK clinicians and scientists?

The ILAE works globally to ensure that health professionals, professionals, patients, care providers, governments and the public world-wide have the educational and research resources that are essential to understanding, diagnosing and treating people with epilepsy.

What are the ILAE’s objectives?

The goals of the ILAE are three-fold:

  • To advance and disseminate knowledge about epilepsy
  • To promote research, education and training
  • To improve services and care for patients, especially by prevention, diagnosis and treatment

How is ERUK involved?

Epilepsy Research UK runs the Neurobiology of Epilepsy Session at the conference where we hear from five short-listed early career researchers who compete for the Céline Newman Basic Science Award. The Award has been generously sponsored by the Newman family in memory of their daughter.

As members, contributors and participants we have a stand at the Annual Scientific Meeting which this year was held in Birmingham on 2nd–4th October. This gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about our grant programme and encourage researchers to make an application.

At this year’s event we were excited to see nine researchers presenting work that has been funded by our incredible supporters. Presentations were given by our Fellowship researchers, our Project and Pilot grant awardees and covered all areas of epilepsy research from improving diagnostic procedures, understanding the pathogenesis of seizures, treatments for epilepsy and predictive techniques to gauge memory outcomes in children after surgery or the likely success of medication in the control of seizures.