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Session topics include:

  • Etiologies of acquired epilepsies
  • Neural networks in epilepsy
  • Diagnostic investigations in epilepsy
  • Mortality in epilepsy – an under-recognised problem
  • The relevance of EEG and MRI abnormalities in children with epilepsy
  • Living with epilepsy
  • Updates in the drug treatment of seizures and epilepsy
  • Surgery in epilepsy



Interactive Teaching Courses take place on Thursday:

  • Teaching Course: How to design a project and publish the results
  • Teaching Course: EEG

Two further Teaching Courses will be held in French:

  • Cours francophone d’épilepsie: Classification
  • Cours francophone d’épilepsie: Video EEG



Morning Sessions on Video cases take place on Friday and Saturday mornings.



Two Platform Sessions comprising 8 abstracts that stood out for scientific quality take place on Saturday morning.



A Social Symposium, in French and Arabic, will take place on Saturday.

Etiologies of acquired epilepsies

Post infectious epilepsy: characteristics and treatment –  Pratibha Singhi (India)

Post-traumatic seizures and epilepsy: management issues –  Hassan Hosny (Egypt)

Autoimmune encephalitis – what do we need to know? –  Banu Anlar (Turkey)

Neural networks in epilepsy

Epilepsy as a network disease –  Fabrice Bartolomei (France)

Network activity during interictal and ictal spike discharges –  Sylvain Rheims (France)

Diagnostic investigations in epilepsy

Contributions and limits of interictal EEG in the diagnosis of epilepsy –  Nirmeen Kishk (Egypt)

Contributions and limits of functional imaging on epilepsy –  Fahad Alsheikh (KSA)

The importance of genetic screening in early onset epilepsy –  Helen Cross (United Kingdom)

Mortality in epilepsy – an under-recognised problem

Mortality in epilepsy and the role of SUDEP –  Torbjörn Tomson (Sweden)

Preventing SUDEP: current strategies and future perspectives –  Sylvain Rheims (France)

SUDEP – how to communicate to patients and families, and when –  Raidah Al-Baradie (KSA)

The relevance of EEG and MRI abnormalities in children with epilepsy

Interictal spikes: When do you need to treat? –  Fatma Kamoun (Tunisia)

Developmental epileptic encephalopathies –  Helen Cross (United Kingdom)

Clinical spectrum of cortical malformations –  Rima Nabbout (France)

Living with epilepsy

The Moroccan experience in epilepsy education and awareness –  Najib Kissani (Morocco)

Growing up with epilepsy –  Nihal Younis (Egypt)

Sharing decisions between doctor and patient –  Martin Brodie (Scotland)

Updates in the drug treatment of seizures and epilepsy

Drug-induced seizure aggravation –  Chahnez Triki (Tunisia)

Management of acute symptomatic seizures –  Abdullah Al-Asmi (Oman)

New frontiers in precision medicine –  Emilio Perucca (Italy)

Surgery in epilepsy

A rational approach to the selection of surgical candidates – Arnaud Biraben (France)

Establishing an epilepsy surgery programme in a resource-restricted setting – Reda Ouazzani (Morocco)

Relevance of MRI for the success of epilepsy surgery – Samuel Wiebe (Canada)

ILAE Young Epilepsy Section Session

Why should I pursue a career in epileptology?  – Samuel Wiebe (Canada)

Challenges and chances for young epileptologists in the Eastern Mediterranean  – Ahmed Elkady (Egypt)

ILAE Young Epilepsy Section: what is it and why should you join?  – Reem Alyoubi (KSA)

Cours francophone d’épilepsie: Classification

Classification –  Arnaud Biraben (France)

Présentations vidéo illustrant la classification –  Chahnez Triki (Tunisia)

Cours francophone d’épilepsie: Video EEG

Video EEG – Introduction –  Fatiha Lahjouji (Morocco)

Peter Kaplan (USA)

Présentations de cas

Teaching Course: How to design a project and publish the results

How to design a project and publish the results –  Emilio Perucca (Italy) & Martin Brodie (Scotland)

Teaching Course: EEG

Hassan Hosny (Egypt)

Fatma Kamoun (Tunisia)

Peter Kaplan (USA)

Imaging –  tbc

The 5th East Mediterranean Epilepsy Congress, Marrakech, Morocco, 07/03/2019-09/03/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 19 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.