Dear readers

The second issue of IE News 2012 presents us with information on nine of the Promising Strategy projects funded this year. These are in the Latin American, South East Asian and Western Pacific regions. The last issue reported on the 11 initiatives to receive funding in Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and European regions. The Promising Strategy Program is one of the most successful IBE initiatives of the last five years.

Also in this number, Harry Meinardi will delight us with his IBE historical viewpoint, bringing us closer to the current time as he reviews the period 180-1981.

From Korea we have an interesting report on the work undertaken by epilepsy associations to change the epilepsy term. Dr Byung-In Lee writes about what has being carried out to date in Korea and opens an interesting controversy.

Shung-Lon Lai, IBE Vice President in the Western Pacific Region will tell us his news about his trip to Laos. We are also happy to present you with a report on the 1st African Epilepsy Congress, which was held in late June in Nairobi, with a great success and attendance.

We have news stories from Canada, Italy and Malta and Dr Ichiro Tatsumi writes about his visit to the IBE office.

We are glad to bid welcome to six new members of the International Bureau for Epilepsy and we look forward to working with them over the coming years.

As a final word – and in this case I am also wearing my hat as Secretary General – I would like to bring to your attention the elections for the next IBE international and regional committees, which will begin at the end of August. If your association has yet to settle outstanding dues, I would like to encourage you to do so as soon as possible, so that you can participate in these important elections.

Kind regards

Dr Carlos Acevedo


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