Dear Friends

In this issue of IE News there is emphasis on the two congresses, in Cartagena and Porto, that have taken place since the last issue.

The meeting in Cartagena was a huge success with more than 600 delegates attending. During the congress a very important meeting took place between representatives of the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy, including the co chairs Mike Glynn and Nico Moshé, and Dr Jorge Rodriguez, who is Chief of PAHO Regional Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Unit. Dr Rodriguez had travelled from Washington DC to attend the congress. And I mustn’t forget the wonderful one-day programme organised by FIRE, IBE’s Full Member in Colombia.

The European Conference on Epilepsy & Society took place in Porto at the end of August and the magazine also reports on publication of the WHO European Report on Epilepsy, which was launched by Dr Matt Muijen, WHO Regional Advisor for Europe, during the conference. In addition, we were very pleased to have Gay Mitchell, Member of the European Parliament, as a guest speaker.

We also look to Melbourne and, if you are attending the 8th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress, you will have found this magazine in your delegate bag.

Issue 3 – 2010

Apart from information on congresses, the magazine also includes a very important and interesting article provided by ILAE past President, and a founding member of the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy, Ted Reynolds, who writes about
the origins of ILAE.

Ann Little writes about a visit to the IBE member in Ecuador; a new IE News award is introduced, and we learn a little about the Japanese translation of the newsletter.

And, if this was not enough, there is also a charming interview with Dr Ding from China who talks about her background, her interest in epilepsy and the support she provides for people with epilepsy through the Seahorse Club in Shanghai.

Best regards,
Dr Carlos Acevedo

Click here to download the newsletter.