Several awards will be presented at the International Epilepsy Congress 2019, honouring individual’s contributions to epilepsy treatment and care.

The awards and recipients are detailed in the sections below.

We are pleased to announce the winners of ILAE-IBE Congress Awards. These awards will be presented at the International Epilepsy Congress, and honour individuals who have made significant contributions over a long period of time and at an international level, to the field of epilepsy.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the ultimate award, given to those truly exceptional persons, internationally acclaimed and with a long record of exemplary work. Only when an individual is deemed to adequately reflect the criteria required for consideration will this award be presented.

W Allen Hauser (USA)

Willard Allen Hauser is Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University where he has taught, done research and treated people with epilepsy over the past 40 years. His accomplishments over five decades include studies on age- and gender-related incidence and prevalence, prognosis for seizure remission, concept on recurrence after acute and unprovoked seizures, studies of mortality, quantification of risk for epilepsy for conditions such as stroke, brain trauma, CNS infection and others, unravelling bi-directional association between epilepsy and co-morbidities, epidemiologic studies of status epilepticus. These studies revolutionized the understanding of epidemiology and risk factors of epilepsy and formed the ground of the ILAE operational classification of the disease.


Social Accomplishment Award

The Award for Social Accomplishment in Epilepsy is given to an individual to recognise his or her outstanding personal contribution to activities that have resulted in a significant advance in the social well being and or quality of life of people with epilepsy. These contributions and activities should either have been performed at an international level or they should have had an international impact or significance.

Carlos Acevedo (Chile)

Carlos Acevedo has served several terms as President of the IBE chapter in Chile and is currently a member of its board. He has also served a number of terms on the board of the International Bureau of Epilepsy. including serving as Secretary General.

Under his leadership, the Chilean League Against Epilepsy became both a national and international recognized Institution for its contribution for people with epilepsy and their families, through many initiatives, becoming a model for similar i nstitutions throughout Latin America and the world.

In the past number of years, he has devoted his efforts to the development and approval at the PAHO Assembly in Washington, in 2010, of the Strategic Plan of Epilepsy for America and the Caribbean, with ILAE and PAHO representatives. While he has been involved in the implementation of this major plan, he is also currently directing the WHO Collaborating Centre for Education and Service Development for People with Epilepsy at LICHE.


Ambassador for Epilepsy Awards

The Ambassador for Epilepsy Award is intended as a recognition of outstanding international contributions to activities advancing the cause of epilepsy, either internationally or with international impact.

Amza Ali (Jamaica)

Amza Ali is founding President of the Jamaican League Against Epilepsy (ILAE chapter) and the Jamaican Epilepsy Association (IBE chapter). His efforts saw the inclusion, in 2004, of epilepsy as one of the 14 chronic conditions covered by Jamaica’s National Health Fund. He was responsible for creation of the region’s first video-EEG monitoring unit and the establishment of a telemedicine facility (2011-2014) with linkage to Yale’s Department of Neurology.

Sándor Beniczky (Denmark)

Sándor Beniczky has been the coordinator of VIREPA teaching courses since 2014 and co-director of the Basic EEG course (2012-2018). He has been member of the ILAE Education Commission/Epilepsy-Education Taskforce since 2012, is a member of the ILAE certification taskforce, and participated in developing ILAE’s curriculum for epileptologists. In September 2018, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Epileptic Disorders, the Educational Journal of the ILAE.

Carol Camfield (Canada)

A founding member of Epilepsy Nova Scotia, Carol Camfield is best known (with her husband, Peter) for developing a population-based cohort that includes every child who developed epilepsy in Nova Scotia 1977-85 with follow up for 20-35 years, providing unique insights on the medical and social evolution of epilepsy, applicable throughout the world. In recent years she has focused on the theme of transition from pediatric to adult care for youth with epilepsy.

Peter Camfield (Canada)

Peter Camfield has worked closely throughout his career with Dr Carol Camfield. He is passionate about international activities in epilepsy, particularly through teaching and clinical research. He has travelled to 24 different countries to teach about epilepsy and clinical research methods and to establish research collaborations. He was a member of the ILAE Commission on Outcome Measurement 1995-1997.

John Dunne (Australia)

John Dunne is committed to promoting epilepsy in the Asian and Oceanic region and is chairman of the Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA). He has been dedicated to bringing EEG teaching to countries across our region including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, Mongolia, Korea, India, Japan, The Philippines, Bangladesh, Laos and Viet Nam. In recognition of his commitment to training he was made a member of the Faculty of Five Hundred.

Sheryl Haut (USA)

Sheryl Haut has pioneered initiatives that promote mentoring and leadership development in early- and mid-career epilepsy professionals globally and advancing the quality of health care for people with epilepsy internationally, through promoting partnerships and exchange of expertise across epilepsy centers in the Americas. She co-chairs the ILAE leadership development task force and was Chair of the ILAE North American Commission 2013-2017.

Matthias Koepp (United Kingdom)

Matthias Koepp was appointed as Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology in 1999. In 2008, he was appointed Professor of Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology. From 2005 to 2016 he was a member of the ILAE Commission on Diagnostic Methods, leading the Task Force on Neuroimaging from 2008-2012. This led to a position paper on MRI practice parameters and a neuroimaging course at Montreal Neurological Institute.

Marco Medina (Honduras)

Marco Medina is professor in Neurology and Epileptology at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Past chair of the ILAE Commission on Latin American Affairs, he is a member of the PAHO Plan of Action on Epilepsy task force and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center on epilepsy in Honduras. He is founding President of the ILAE chapter in Honduras and a member of Editorial Board of Epilepsia Open and has received numerous other awards.

Janet Mifsud (Malta)

Janet Mifsud set up Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association (IBE) in 1996 and Epilepsy Society of Malta (ILAE) in 1997. She led epilepsy-related activities in Malta, including the introduction of epilepsy in the curriculum of several health care degrees. She has worked in the epilepsy field at European and international levels, involved in several European Epilepsy Research projects and serving as IBE Vice President Europe for two terms.

Osman Miyanji (Kenya)

Osman Miyanji is a Senior Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology in two of Kenya’s leading hospitals. He is a founding volunteer director, Medical Advisor and Chairman of the Board of Directors at KAWE (IBE chapter). He has demonstrated that a sustainable epilepsy program can be run effectively in resource limited settings and is passionate about reducing the cost of treatment and making epilepsy care accessible to the poor and needy.

Tatsuya Tanaka (Japan)

Tatsuya Tanaka was appointed Professor of Neurosurgery in Asahikawa Medical College in 1997, becoming Professor Emeritus in 2010, and was one of the most active leaders in epilepsy surgery in Japan. He pioneered the Japan Epilepsy Society (JES) scholarship system for young delegates in the Asian Oceanian countries to meet the gap in those underserved areas. He served as ILAE First Vice President and Chair of the ILAE-Asia and Oceania Region.

Sanjeev Thomas (India)

Sanjeev Thomas is a member of the ILAE Commission on Medical Therapy of Epilepsy, the Women and Pregnancy Task Force, and the new ILAE-Lancet Neurology Commission (all for 2017- 21). He is most widely known for his work for the women with epilepsy and the Kerala Registry of Epilepsy and Pregnancy. He promotes the training of neurologists from Africa and Asia in his Institute and has trained neurologists from Kenya, Bangladesh, Kuwait and Oman. He actively promotes epilepsy through public education.

The IBE International Golden Light Awards recognise the contributions of people affected by epilepsy in their community and those who care for them.

Candidates were nominated by the IBE chapter in which they are involved (as a member, volunteer, board or staff member) and were required to submit a written article telling the story of their life with epilepsy. Click on a winner’s picture below to see their article.

IBE Golden Light Awardees 2019

Sofia Betanzo (Chile)

Elizabeth Dueweke (USA)

Emma Lovise Larsen (Norway)

Nina Mago (Uganda)

Rebecca McGhee (Scotland)

Scarlett Paige (Australia)

Amirsoheil Pirayeshfar (Iran)

Mohammad Agus Rahmatulloh (Indonesia)

Epilepsia® Prizes

Each year, the ILAE awards one Epilepsia® Clinical Science Prize and one Epilepsia® Basic Science Prize to the first authors of original research articles published in Epilepsia® which in the opinion of the Awards Committee have contributed to the most significant advances to knowledge and understanding in clinical science or basic science respectively in the field of epilepsy.

Epilepsia Prize – Clinical Science

Suejen Perani (Germany)


Epilepsia Prize – Basic Science

Nicholas Couturier (USA)


Epilepsia Open Prizes

Epilepsia Open Prizes started in 2018 and are given to the two best original articles, clinical and basic science, that were published during the preceding year.

Epilepsia Open Prize – Clinical

Sharon Chiang (USA)


Epilepsia Open Prize – Basic Science

Jesus-Servando Medel Matus (USA)


Epileptic Disorders Educational Prize

Epileptic Disorders and the ILAE identify and honor the paper which has made the most significant contribution to the educational mission of Epileptic Disorders, published the previous year in our journal.

Guadalupe Fernandez-Baca Vaca (USA)

The Michael Prize, presented biennially, was originally set up to stimulate epilepsy research among young scientists (under 45 years of age) in Germany. It is now an international award for the best scientific and clinical research promoting the further development in epileptology.

Michael Prize Winners 2019


Stephanie Baulac

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Birgit Frauscher