Dear Friends:

In the Southern Hemisphere we are starting the rainy season and in Chile, two months after the terrible earthquake and its aftershocks, things are gradually beginning to improve for the many thousands of people who lost their homes.

In this issue of IE News we have a lot of different and interesting articles. First of all there are the updates for the 12th European Conference on Epilepsy & Society in Porto and the 6th Latin American Epilepsy Congress in Cartagena de Indias. Since we are including the newsletter in the delegate bags of each of these meetings, it is possible that you are reading this message as you attend one of these important congresses.

There is also the announcement of the projects selected to receive financial support under the latest round of the Promising Strategies Program. And, while we are on the subject of finances, could I send a gentle reminder to those who have yet to pay their membership dues for this year, that a donation to the Solidarity Fund, to allow us to support even more projects, would also be gratefully received when you pay your dues!

Issue 2 – 2010

Another relevant issue relates to the Outstanding Persons with Epilepsy awards that will take place during the 8th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress in Melbourne later in the year. If your association is based in the South East Asian or Western Pacific regions I would encourage you to take part in this great initiative that celebrates the extraordinary achievements of people living with epilepsy.

Before signing off, I must mention a few more important issues: the announcement of the European Epilepsy Day; the launch of the second round of the journalism award and the announcement of the Photography Competition as part of IBE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations for Rome. Finally, we have a new regular section about the history of IBE and epilepsy.

I hope you find plenty to enjoy in this issue of IE News.

Best regards,
Dr Carlos Acevedo

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