The 5th CAAE International Epilepsy Forum (CIEF) was held in Chongqing City, China from 23rd to 25th September 2013. About 700 people participated, including a delegation from Taiwan and epileptologists from around the world, including the US, Italy, Greece, UK, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and Netherlands. The first CIEF, which took place in 2004, focused on issues of concern to specialists in epilepsy care at international level.
Since then, the Forum has been held every second year supported by ILAE, IBE, and WHO and is now a well recognised conference.
At the fifth CIEF, we invited more than 10 internationally well-known neuroscientist and epileptologists to present special lectures and seminars, including:
- Prof Sten Grillner, former chairman of the Medical Committee of the Nobel Prize in physiology, who spoke about the modular nervous system;
- ILAE President Emilio Perucca, who reviewed the 25 year history of AEDs;
- IBE President Athanasios Covanis, who summarised difficulties and challenges in epilepsy treatment;
- Chief-editor of SEIZURE, Markus Reuber, who reported on his experiences in publishing papers in scientific journals;
- Prof Andrew J Cole from Massachusetts General Hospital, who talked about pre-operative evaluation for epilepsy;
- President of the Taiwan Epilepsy Society, Dr Shang-Yeon Kwan, who told us about recent advances in EEG.
During the forum, except for those lectures in plenary session, epileptologists from China also gave lectures on current issues. In addition there were post-main sessions, parallel sessions, video sessions, etc. – with many interesting topics presented and with active discussions and debates in an academic atmosphere which, at times, became very animated! Other activities that took place during the Forum included:
- An epilepsy photography exhibition;
- The inaugural meeting of the CAAE Youth Committee and the first Youth Symposium;
- Educational activities for people with epilepsy;
- An ASEPA training course on psyco-social problems in epilepsy.
In all sessions, we found that more and more young doctors had the courage to stand up and ask pertinent questions. We were happy with their active thinking and good communication skills.
The program for people with epilepsy focused on health education, social support and other issues relevant for a good quality of life for people with epilepsy. A number of local and international invited experts, including the IBE President and Treasurer, reported on educational and epilepsy care projects for people with epilepsy in their own countries. More than 100 people with epilepsy and their carers attended this activity.
Report by Prof Shichuo Li
President of the CAAE (China Association Against Epilepsy)