8th Eilat International Educational Course: Pharmacological Treatment of Epilepsy

The course is held under the auspices of the ILAE Europe. The program is designed for junior researchers and clinicians (45 years and younger) working in the field of epilepsy treatment and related basic research. It is open to young neurologists, neuropediatricians, pharmacists, pharmacologists, neuropsychologists and neuroscientists. A number of bursaries have been made available towards partially defraying the cost of accommodation expenses of bursary recipients, who will also have their registration fees waived.

The course will take place in Jerusalem at the historic Mishkenot Sha’ananim complex in the picturesque Yemin Moshe neighborhood, which is the ideal venue for this interactive postgraduate teaching program.

STXBP1 Investigator and Family Meeting

The inaugural STXBP1 Investigator and Family Meeting will bring together researchers and families of individuals with STXBP1 encephalopathies, foster development of the STXBP1 community and accelerate the search for a cure. STXBP1 has become one of the more commonly diagnosed genetic causes of epileptic encephalopathy in children, accounting for 5% of positive epilepsy cases in a recent study.

This conference is designed to foster interaction and in-depth discussions among researchers and clinicians to further research and innovation in this field. The meeting will also provide opportunities for researchers and the patient community to connect. The goal is to develop a research strategy and scientific roadmap for the STXBP1disorder, and to encourage collaborations and initiatives to support achievement of the roadmap and advancement in the field.

Registration and location details will be announced soon.

Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Inhibition in the Central Nervous System

The 2019 GRC on Inhibition in the CNS aims to increase our understanding of the spatio-temporal control of inhibitory signaling in normal and pathological CNS function. The scientific sessions will focus on the developmental diversification of inhibition, synaptic plasticity, technical. The sessions will also discuss conceptual challenges to capturing GABAergic diversity, and inhibitory circuit control underlying normal behaviors and CNS disorders.

A New Focus Topic special emphasis session will explore the implications of recent discoveries that a large part of CNS myelin is on specific sets of GABAergic axons, with discussions encompassing bidirectional glia-interneuron communication and their relevance to pathological states.

The conference will feature an unusually high number of opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to interact with the invited speakers and other conference participants. Such opportunities will include, in addition to the traditionally well-attended poster sessions, a new mentee-mentor pairing program offering pre-arranged meetings between individual trainees and assigned senior investigators during Monday lunch, and short talks every morning by junior investigators selected from abstract submissions. In addition, for the first time in the history of this GRC, a Power Hour will be held on Monday afternoon to provide an open forum to support the professional growth of women by discussing the challenges women face in science.

The conference will offer in-depth, high-quality scientific discussions aimed at deepening our understanding of the mechanisms of inhibition in CNS function and dysfunction in a collegial, inclusive atmosphere with substantial time for interactions among all participants to accelerate the forging of novel, impactful collaborations to test transformative new ideas.

Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME)

The fourth PAME conference will again bring together healthcare providers, researchers, public health officials, patient advocates, caregivers, families, and patients living with epilepsy. This diverse group of stakeholders will focus on the shared goal of improving our understanding of mortality in epilepsy, including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

PAME 2018 Conference Objectives:

  • Critically evaluate the incidence, risk factors, and prevention strategies for mortality in epilepsy
  • Describe the progress made and future directions for research regarding mortality in epilepsy
  • Provide opportunities for collaborations among stakeholders, including people with epilepsy, researchers, families, clinicians, and advocates
  • Gain skills in advocacy to build public awareness and impact public policy regarding epilepsy mortality

Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on the Mechanisms of Epilepsy and Neural Synchronization

Conference Overview

The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other junior scientists to present new, unpublished data and discuss cutting-edge ideas amongst peers. The meeting is held in conjunction with the “Mechanisms of Epilepsy and Neuronal Synchronization” Gordon Research Conference (GRC), which is the preeminent basic science conference focused on epilepsy.
The GRS exclusively features posters and talks by graduate student and postdoc-level researchers as well as a keynote lecture from a leading epilepsy basic researcher and a mentorship session designed to provide trainees with established mentors willing to help guide their careers. Together, this makes for a rare platform to promote young epilepsy researchers, integrate trainees into the epilepsy research community, and impact their career trajectory.

Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the Mechanisms of Epilepsy and Neural Synchronization

Conference Overview

The overall aim of this Gordon Research Conference (GRC) is to bring together established and early career researchers, students, and postdoctoral fellows for 5 days in an intensive, interactive environment to present and discuss state-of-the-art, unpublished findings related to basic mechanisms of epilepsy, current translational studies and synchronization of neuronal activity in cerebral networks.
The conference is designed to involve extensive discussion, and the environment is specifically geared towards fostering interactions between graduate students/post-docs and established researchers, and to facilitate intense in-depth discussions and generate collaborations between investigators in the interest of furthering the field.
The specific theme of this GRC is “Translating mechanisms into therapies” and the conference will focus on how basic science discoveries can be effectively utilized to develop new therapies to prevent, better treat and cure epilepsy. Epilepsy research is inherently interdisciplinary, and the conference will bring together geneticists, molecular biologists, developmental neuroscientists, neuroanatomists, electrophysiologists, clinician-scientists and computational neuroscientists working on the full spectrum of epilepsy research from studies of basic mechanisms through preclinical and human research.