What is the International League Against Epilepsy?
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is a professional association of doctors and other health professionals who are working in the field of epilepsy. The organisation comprises national chapters in over 100 countries in all continents of the world.
How long has it been in existence?
The ILAE was founded in 1909 and the British branch was one of the founding members. It has held meetings since 1913 and is one of only 2 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, patients and their care providers, governments, and the public world-wide have the educational and research resources that are essential in understanding, diagnosing and treating persons with epilepsy. Its goals are: to advance and disseminate knowledge about epilepsy, to promote research, education and training, and to improve services and care for patients, especially by prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
How is Epilepsy Research involved?
The ILAE British Branch Annual Scientific Meeting brings together its professional members who come from both clinical and scientific backgrounds, to disseminate and discuss the latest research in epilepsy across the UK and beyond.
Epilepsy Research UK runs the Neurobiology of Epilepsy Session at the conference each year, during which we hear from five shortlisted early career researchers competing for the Céline Newman Basic Science Award. The award is generously sponsored by the Newman family in memory of their daughter. We also have a stand at the event to raise awareness about our grant programme and encourage researchers to make an application. The ILAE British Branch Annual Scientific Meeting provides a unique opportunity for us to speak directly with researchers about the innovations in the research being delivered and hear about some of the challenges they may be facing.
Professor Matthew Walker, ERUK Chair and President of the ILAE British Branch, says:
“The meeting not only enables the presentation of excellent clinical and experimental science but also plays a major part in our education and our community.”
Who will be presenting this year?
This year we are excited to see nine researchers presenting work that has been funded by our incredible supporters. Watch out for ERUK Fellows Dr Sukhvir Wright from Aston University and Dr Alfredo Gonzalez-Sulser from the University of Edinburgh, who will be sharing the findings of their fellowship research during the Neurobiology of Epilepsy session. Other researchers speaking at the conference from our national programme of epilepsy research include: Prof Markus Reuber from the University of Sheffield, Dr Rebecca Bromley from the University of Manchester, Prof Andy Trevelyan from Newcastle University, Dr Antonio Valentin from King’s College London, Prof Stefano Seri from Aston University, and Dr Simon Keller from the University of Liverpool. ERUK Trustee Dr Rhys Thomas from Newcastle University will also be presenting.
We will be live tweeting the event, so be sure to follow us on twitter to hear how the event goes…