Epilepsy so what?
The 12th ECES took place from Wednesday 25th August to Friday 27th August 2010. The theme of the conference was ”Epilepsy so what?” which analysed different aspects of living with epilepsy. The main objective of this programme was to reduce the stigma by discussing issues associated with epilepsy. In addition, the 12th ECES Programme was mainly based on topics suggested by Members of the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE). The majority of speakers were also suggested by IBE European member associations. During the conference, delegates enjoyed many opportunities to socialise and participate in discussion groups, parallel sessions and other programmed activities.
The conference commenced with An Opening Day on Wednesday 25th August. The IBE European Committee had its annual meeting where representatives from all IBE European member organisations particpated. Later that evening, the 12th European Conference on Epilepsy & Society officially commenced with the Opening Ceremony and Reception.
The following day there was a variety of main topics such as Epilepsy brain and mind, Epilepsy and cognition, Epilepsies, AEDs and health issues, Ethics in epilepsy and Epilepsy is more a social condition than a medical one. During the afternoon there followed Discussion Groups and Parallel Sessions, and the day was rounded off with a pleasant Social Evening.
Events and Sessions were as follows:
Epilepsy brain and mind Niall Pender, Ireland
Epilepsy and cognition Melissa Filippini, Italy
Epilepsies, AEDs and health issues Janet Mifsud, Malta
Ethics in epilepsy Ley Sander, UK
Epilepsy is more a social condition than a medical one Victoria Dimech, Malta and José Lopes Lima, Portugal
Driving license and insurance Mike Glynn, Ireland
Epilepsy in the family An De Cock, Belgium
What is life like for people living with epilepsy Per Olsen, Denmark
A chance for a better life (Mainstreaming Project) Shirley Maxwell, Scotland
School and work Sofia Neves, Portugal
Emergency cards and warning devices Aisling Farrell, Ireland
Best practice in twinning of IBE Members Seppo Sarkkula, Finland
Personal development opportunities Michael Alexa, Austria
The last day of the conference covered three main topics: Photosensitivity and epilepsies, Treatment issues: the views of doctors, patients and industry and Influencing policy. After lunch, delegates had the opportunity to present their posters during an hour especially allocated for Poster Presentations. The afternoon Discussion Group followed and the popular Youth Session covered a topic entitled Sex, Drugs and Lifestyle choices. The conference came to an end with a concluding session, which highlighted the different aspects and information conveyed throughout the conference.
Photosensitivity and epilepsies Athanasios Covanis, Greece and Graham Harding, UK
Influencing policy Gay Mitchell, Ireland
Poster presenters presented their posters
Training for success Honor Broderick, Ireland
Working with politicians Peter Scott, UK
Are smoking, caffeine, alcohol and stress risk factors for seizures? Judit Bekes, Hungary
Youth session: sex, drugs and lifestyle choices Stine Strømsø, Norway