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What is the International League Against Epilepsy?


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 Epilepsy Research UK involved?

As members, contributors and participants we have a stand at the Annual Scientific Meeting, which this year is being held in Cardiff from 12th – 15th October. This provides us with the opportunity to raise awareness about our grant programme and encourage researchers to make an application and highlight some of the capacity building programmes we have invested in.

At this year’s event we are excited to see ERUK-funded researchers presenting work that has been enabled by our incredible supporters. We are also excited to be launching the Top Ten priorities for epilepsy research, following a nationwide engagement programme involving patient groups, people affected by epilepsy and healthcare professionals. The full Top Ten will be viewable here from 8am, Friday 14th October.

We will also be discussing our Every1EndingEpilepsy programme and seeking the engagement of the researchers attending to help us develop a national epilepsy research collaborative, and support us to co-design and co-produce a fully scoped and costed roadmap to radically advance research into epilepsy.

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