On 12 October, IBE received the news that Hanneke de Boer, one of IBE’s longest serving advocates had died. Although many of us knew that she was unwell and not expected to recover, the news was still hard to believe. In this issue we include an obituary for Hanneke.

For almost 30 years, she devoted her life to IBE, during which time she met countless people in every region of the world, each one of whom she touched with her energy, her drive and her determination to get things done. We have also tried to include as many photos of Hanneke’s time with IBE and we hope that you will enjoy them and remember her with a smile.

We also say goodbye to another supporter of the Bureau, Christoph Pachlatko, who died suddenly later in October. But life moves on, and the magazine also brings news of new initiatives.

IE News- Issue 4 – 2015

There is the Photo Competition as part of International Epilepsy Day celebrations; a report on the EU funded ESBACE project; and reports from meetings in Italy and Ghana.

Held back until next time, due to pressure of space, is the next instalment of the history of ILAE, as documented by Ted Reynolds. Instead, Ted has shared with us his collaboration with Hanneke on the launch of the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy.


Until next time – good reading,
Ann Little Editor