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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’√©pilepsie: Classification
  • Cours francophone d’√©pilepsie: Video EEG


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


A Platform Session comprising abstracts that stood out for scientific quality takes place on Saturday morning.


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

Etiologies of acquired epilepsies

Co-chairs: Banu Anlar (Turkey) & Reda Ouazzani (Morocco)

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

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

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

Neural networks in epilepsy

Co-chairs: Fabrice Bartolomei (France) & Zouhayr Souirti (Morocco)

Epilepsy as a network disease Р Fabrice Bartolomei (France)

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

Diagnostic investigations in epilepsy

Co-chairs: J Helen Cross (United Kingdom) &  Fettouma Moutawakil (Morocco)

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

The EEG of status epilepticus –¬† Peter Kaplan (USA)

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

Mortality in epilepsy – an under-recognised problem

Co-chairs: Torbjörn Tomson (Sweden) & Mostafa Boutchich (Morocco)

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

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

SUDEP Рhow to communicate to patients and families, and when Р Raidah Al-Baradie (KSA)

The relevance of EEG and MRI abnormalities in children with epilepsy

Co-chairs: Rima Nabbout (France) & Mohamed Jiddane (Morocco)

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

Co-chairs: Hassan Hosny (Egypt) & Najib Kissani (Morocco)

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

Growing up with epilepsy –¬† Michael Alexa (Austria)

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

Updates in the drug treatment of seizures and epilepsy

Co-chairs: Emilio Perucca (Italy) & Kaoutar Alaoui (Morocco)

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

Co-chairs: Arnaud Biraben (France) & Zouhair Laaouina (Morocco)

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

Co-chairs: Ahmed Elkady (Egypt) & Reem Alyoubi (KSA)

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

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

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

Morning Session: Video cases

Chair: Najib Kissani (Morocco)

Rima Nabbout (France)

Morning Session: Video cases

Chair: Nirmeen Kishk (Egypt)

Arnaud Biraben (France)

Cours francophone d’√©pilepsie: Classification

Co-chairs: tbc & & Fatiha Lahjouji (Morocco)

Classification –¬† Arnaud Biraben (France)

Pr√©sentations vid√©o illustrant la classification –¬†¬†Chahnez Triki (Tunisia)

Cours francophone d’√©pilepsie: Video EEG

Co-chairs: Chahnez Triki (Tunisia) & Peter Kaplan (USA)

Video EEG РIntroduction Р Fatiha Lahjouji (Morocco)

Chahnez Triki (Tunisia)

Présentations de cas

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

Co-chairs: Emilio Perucca (Italy) & Martin Brodie (Scotland)

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

Teaching Course: EEG

Co-chairs: Hassan Hosny (Egypt) & Fatma Kamoun (Tunisia)

Hassan Hosny (Egypt)

Fatma Kamoun (Tunisia)

Peter Kaplan (USA)

Platform Session

Emotions, Behavior & Learning in Children with Epilepsy  РMahmoud I Abeidah (Qatar)

Prevalence of psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents with active epilepsy in rural southwestern Uganda  РJoseph Kirabira (Uganda)

Seizure outcome and prognostic factors for surgical management of hypothalamic hamartomas treated by stereotactic endoscopic disconnective procedure  РSarah Ferrand Sorbets (France)

Changes in vital signs during epileptic and psychogenic non-epileptic attacks  РReda Badry (Egypt)

Pediatric Hemispherotomy following perinatal ischemic stroke: about 63 cases  РNathalie Dorison (France)

Satellite Symposium: IM Alliance

VNS Therapy pour l’épilepsie pharmaco-résistante: experience dans le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rennes

Arnaud Biraben (France)

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¬ģ)¬†with 19 European CME credits (ECMEC¬ģs). 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 Europ√©enne des M√©decins Sp√©cialistes and the American¬†Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME¬ģ credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA¬†Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME¬ģ credit to AMA credit can be¬†found at
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