Main Sessions:

Regional challenges in managing epilepsy

Co-chairs:  M. Mansour Ndiaye (Senegal) & Emilio Perucca (Italy)

Epidemiology of epilepsy in developing countries: have we made any progress yet? – Pierre-Marie Preux (France)

Burden of neurological conditions in the world; how can we learn from each other? – Wolfgang Grisold (Austria)

Treating epilepsy patients in regions with limited resources: challenges and solutions in Asia – Mamta Bhushan Singh (India)

Multi-pronged approach to reduce the treatment gap – Charles Newton (Kenya)


Risk factors of epilepsy

Co-chairs:  Pierre-Marie Preux (France) & Kamadore Touré (Senegal)

Epilepsy and parasitosis – Richard Idro (Uganda)

Metabolic epilepsy: clues for diagnosis to management – Brahim Tabarki Melaiki (KSA)

Genetics of epilepsy especially related to a North African population – Hela Mrabet (Tunisia)


Diagnosis of epilepsy – practical aspects

Co-chairs: Solomon Moshé (USA) & Janet Mifsud (Malta)

New definitions and classification of the epilepsies – Helen Cross (United Kingdom)

Diagnosis of epilepsy in Africa: practicalities and problems – Charles Newton (Kenya)

Contribution of the EEG in syndromic diagnosis – Solomon Moshé (USA)

The role of brain imaging – Patrice Jissendi (Cameroon)


Management of epilepsies

Co-chairs: Habib Thiam (Senegal) & Jean Kaboré (Burkina Faso)

Management strategies for epilepsy – Pierre Genton (France)

Antiepileptic drugs – their role and limitations – Emilio Perucca (Italy)

The science behind natural remedies for epilepsy – Germain Sotoing Taiwe (Cameroon)

Psychosocial support of epilepsy in Africa – Arouna Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso)

The role of traditional healers in the ongoing management of epilepsy – Daliwonga Magazi (South Africa)


Epilepsy, society and cultural aspects

Co-chairs:  Tanya Spensley (Gambia) & tbc

Advocacy and influence of co-morbidities on attitudes of paediatric epilepsy – Jo Wilmshurst (South Africa)

Epilepsy associated stigma, impact on patients, families and caregivers – Philippe Nubukpo (France)

Knowledge, attitude and practice of epilepsy in rural Mali – Karamoko Nimaga (Mali)

What do we have in common? How can we cooperate? – Marco Medina (Honduras)


Parallel Sessions:

Epilepsie et troubles d’apprentissage

Présidents: Yacouba Mapoure (Cameroun) & tbc

Troubles d’apprentissage chez l’enfant épileptique – Fatma Kamoun (Tunisie)

Le concept d’encéphalopathie épileptogène – existe t’il? – Eliane Roulet (Suisse)

Problèmes éducationnels: Evaluation et remédiation – Mariam Doumbia (Cote d’Ivoire)

Problèmes et solutions en classe – Najib Kissani (Maroc)


Educational challenges in epilepsy

Co-chairs: Helen Cross (United Kingdom) & Jaime Carrizosa (Colombia)

Is Wikipedia reliable for education on epilepsy? – Sam Wiebe (Canada)

Epilepsy for primary health care: online cost-effective Latin American course – Jaime Carrizosa (Colombia)

Who should be educated? – Athanasios Covanis (Greece)

Education on epilepsy: challenges and proposals for Africa – Chahnez Triki (Tunisia)


Advocacy for training and research on epilepsy in Africa

Co-chairs: Michel Dumas (France) & Pierre Ndiaye (Senegal)

How to improve our level, quantity and quality of publications from Africa – Jean Kaboré (Burkina Faso)

Research support and funding. Example of SONA-IBRO cooperation – Pierre Luabeya (Congo)

Inter-regional cooperation for training and research – Riadh Gouider (Tunisia)


Basic science in epilepsy

Co-chairs: Emilio Perucca (Italy) & Amadou Gallo Diop (Senegal)

Basic mechanisms of epilepsy – Alfred Meurs (Belgium)

How does the concept of epileptic encephalopathy relate to the new definition of epilepsy? – Helen Cross (United Kingdom)

Photosensitivity: characterization and clinical significance – Dorothée Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenité (Netherlands)

Neurocysticercosis – a biomarker for epileptogenesis – Jerome Engel Jr (USA)


Preventative measures against epilepsy and comorbidities

Co-chairs: Angelina Kakooza (Uganda) & Jo Wilmshurst (South Africa)

Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of Nodding Syndrome – Angelina Kakooza (Uganda)

SUDEP in Africa: prevalence and knowledge levels – Marina Clarke (South Africa)

Can we eradicate epileptogenic neurocysticercosis? – Athanase Millogo (Burkina Faso)

Call for action: medical treatment, rehabilitation, community involvement. The realistic perspectives of intervention – Solomon Moshé (USA)


Epilepsy, reproductive health and family

Co-chairs: Najib Kissani (Morocco) & Birinus Ezeala-Aidikibe (Nigeria)

Epilepsy and contraception – Birinus Ezeala-Aidikibe (Nigeria)

Epilepsy and pregnancy – Hassan Hosny (Egypt)

Psychomotor development after exposure to AED – Moustapha Ndiaye (Senegal)

Epilepsy in the family: impact, management, projects, fears – Sammy Ohene (Ghana)


Epilepsy and public health

Co-chairs: Gay Mitchell (Ireland) & Kudakwashe Dube (South Africa)

Lessons learnt from “Caravans for Epilepsy” in Senegal – Lala Seck (Senegal)

Finding resources to combat epilepsy fears and discrimination in developing countries – Gay Mitchell (Ireland)

Lessons learnt from the global campaign against children’s epilepsy in Africa – Paul Ossou (Congo)


Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in Africa – update

Co-chairs: Anthony Zimba (Zambia) & Hassan Hosny (Egypt)

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures – Sam Wiebe (Canada)

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in Central and Western Africa – Makhtar Ba (Senegal)

Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in Southern and Eastern Africa – William Howlett (Tanzania)


Epilepsie de l’enfant et comorbidités dans le contexte africain

Présidents: Eliane Roulet (Suisse) & Athanase Millogo (Burkina Faso)

Trouble de déficit de l’attention avec ou sans hyperactivité et épilepsie: comment le manager – Samy Dadah (Mauritanie)

Dépression et anxiété chez l’enfant épileptique: approche diagnostique et thérapeutique – Naoufel Gaddour (Tunisie)

Troubles du langage et troubles du sommeil en épileptologie pédiatrique – Eliane Roulet (Suisse)


IBE Round-Table Symposium:  Patients and families, tradition, modern medicine in the era of globalization: impacts, challenges, opportunities

Co-chairs: Anthony Zimba (Zambia) & Marina Clarke (South Africa)


Athanasios Covanis (Greece)

Janet Mifsud (Malta)

Marina Clarke (South Africa)

Jacob Mugumbate (Zimbabwe)

Cheikh Gueye (Senegal)

The role of clinical officers and nurse specialists – Martin Brodie (United Kingdom)

Traditional and modern medicines: complimentary approach – Daliwonga Magazi (South Africa)

Novel treatments – Emilio Perucca (Italy)

Panel Discussion


Teaching Courses and Sessions:

Morning Teaching Course – A collaboration between The National Center for Epilepsy and Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway

From bedside to pharmacological treatment – Diagnosis and treatment with antiepileptic drugs

Chair: Cecilie Johannessen Landmark (Norway) & Marième Soda Diop (Senegal)

Early diagnosis: epilepsy or not, differential diagnosis based on seizure semiology, video session – Oliver Henning (Norway)

Pharmacological variability of antiepileptic drugs in special patient populations – Cecilie Johannessen Landmark (Norway)

How to handle interactions between antiepileptic drugs and other drugs in clinical practice? Case studies – Yury Kiselev (Norway)

Methods for measurement of antiepileptic drugs and clinical implications – Andrè Gottås (Norway)

Assessment of adverse effects of antiepileptic drugs based on the patient and population perspectives – Maren Lima (Norway) & Arton Baftiu (Norway)


How to start epilepsy surgery

Co-chairs: Sam Wiebe (Canada) & Marco Medina (Honduras)

Basic needs for starting epilepsy surgery – Sam Wiebe (Canada)

Selection of epilepsy surgery candidates and evaluation of outcomes – Jerome Engel Jr (USA)

Surgery techniques in epilepsy surgery focusing on safety – Graham Fieggen (South Africa)


Comment développer la chirurgie de l’épilepsie en Afrique?

Présidents: Olivier Delalande (France) & Seydou Boubakar Badiane (Sénégal)

Besoins essentiels pour la chirurgie de l’épilepsie – Maguette Mbaye (Sénégal)

Techniques chirurgicales pour une chirurgie de l’épilepsie sécure – Olivier Delalande (France)


Morning Video Session (Saturday)

Co-chairs: Marco Medina (Honduras) & Sam Wiebe (Canada)


Morning Video Session (Sunday)

Co-chairs: Helen Cross (United Kingdom) & Riadh Gouider (Tunisia)



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