This issue of the magazine demonstrates that time never stands still and that life rushes by at an incredible speed, so that, what is news one day suddenly becomes history!
First of all, although we are already in the second month of 2013, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.
The articles that we have for you this time are a great mix of the old and the new. Looking back, Harry Meinardi presents us with another excellent instalment of the history of IBE. In this, the 7th instalment, we have now reached the 1980’s. In the report on congress awards for Montreal, we can see the many decades dedicated by the recipients to improving treatment and care for people with epilepsy. No less so than Dr Juhn Wada, who has spent a life-long career working in the field.
Looking forward, we present the recently elected members of the next International Executive Committee, who will begin their terms of office at the General Assembly in June. I send each one my heartiest congratulations and best wishes for the next four years. More future activities are the meetings and congresses that you can read about – the 30th International Epilepsy Congress in Montreal, the 13th European Epilepsy & Society Conference in Ljubljana in August, and the European Forum on Epilepsy Research in Dublin in May.
You can also enjoy the reports of Janet Mifsud, Shunglon Lai and Vinod Saxena who attended WHO sessions in Malta, Vietnam and Indonesia; as well as an article on a visit by members of APCE Bulgaria to the long established Chalfont Epilepsy Centre in London.
Finally, as it looks forward to a bright new future with a brand new name, I would like to send best wishes to the Irish epilepsy association, formerly known as Brainwave, which has just changed its name to Epilepsy Ireland!
Dr Carlos Acevedo