ISSUE 4 – 2011
In this issue of IE News I wish, firstly, to congratulate the winners of the IE News Jubilee Award. The winning article, written by two distinguished Brazilian professionals, shows us the risk of sudden and social death regarding epilepsy. The judging panel was unanimous in considering the article, D Side of Epilepsy, as an excellent report on very interesting research.
In congratulating the winning authors, Dr Fernandes and Dr Li, I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all those who submitted articles and reports to the Jubilee Award competition. In future issues of the magazine, we hope to publish some of these other entries.
We are also delighted to inform you about several activities carried out in a number of countries across Europe in connection with European Epilepsy Day, including important meetings with a number of MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
From Canada, Mary Secco sent us a report on two important educational initiatives that were developed as a result of research findings and which are being carried out successfully in Canadian schools. These two programs inform younger children about epilepsy and encourage older children to consider neurology (or epileptology) as a career choice. Due to the success of these programs, they are now being adopted for use in other countries, including the US and Israel.
Lastly, we bring you excellent news about a very significant epilepsy research survey that has been performed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the USA, the results of which are expected to be announced in Washington DC at the end of March 2012.
Dr Carlos Acevedo
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