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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.


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 –  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

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

Epilepsy as a network disease –  Fabrice Bartolomei (France)

Network activity during interictal and ictal spike discharges –  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 –  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 –  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

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?  – 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)

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’épilepsie: Classification

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

Classification –  Arnaud Biraben (France)

Présentations vidéo illustrant la classification –  Chahnez Triki (Tunisia)

Cours francophone d’épilepsie: Video EEG

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

Video EEG – Introduction –  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 –  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  – Mahmoud I Abeidah (Qatar)

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

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

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

Pediatric Hemispherotomy following perinatal ischemic stroke: about 63 cases  – Nathalie 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®) 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.