This was an international workshop on ‘difficult to treat’ epilepsies organized by The Epilepsy section of the Centre For Brain & Nervous System, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai on 3rd & 4th May 2012. This event was conducted in collaboration with the well known Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center OH USA.
About a third of patients with epilepsy continue to have fits or seizures despite treatment with various antiepileptic medications. A significant number of them may be cured of their epilepsy by brain surgery. The success of the surgery needs careful selection of the right patients through a variety of medical tests. The Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center is a global pioneer in providing these services and also has an excellent teaching program under the leadership of Dr. Imad Najm. Kokilaben Hospital, though only three years old, is committed to provide similar quality of care to patients with epilepsy.
This very interactive and exciting workshop titled ‘Epilepsies That Challenge The Neurologist’ showcased these aspects of epilepsy care through a series of lectures and interactive video case discussions. The guest faculty included a four member team of epileptologists from Cleveland Clinic led by Dr. Imad Najm, and Prof. K. Radhakrishnan, Senior Epileptologist and Director - Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. The KDAH team consisted of Dr. Jayanti Mani, Epileptologist; Dr. Poornima Shah, Neurophysiologist; and Dr. Bhaskar Rao, Neurosurgeon.
Dr. Mohit Bhatt, Director - Centre For Brain & Nervous System delivered his welcome address. Dr. Jayanti Mani, Organising Secretary of this seminar, started the scientific session by outlining the background and motivation behind this event. Dr. Imad Najm’s (Adult Epileptologist and Director-Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center) presentations elaborating on the ‘Role of Imaging in Epilepsy Surgery’ and ‘Invasive EEG Evaluation’ formed a major part of the first half of the day. The Guest of Honour for the afternoon inaugural function was Padmabhushan Awardee Prof. Noshir Wadia, who was felicitated on the occasion by the hospital. The highlight of the inaugural event was the Keynots Address by Prof. K. Radhakrishnan, the pioneer of modern epilepsy surgery in India. He spoke on ‘Epilepsy Surgery in India: Scope and Challenges.’ The last session on the first day of the workshop concluded was on various topics on Temporal Lobe Epilepsies and case discussions by the KDAH team.
The second day of the workshop began with Dr. Imad Najm’s discussion on Extra Temporal Epilepsies. Dr. Andreas Alexopoulos, Adult Epileptologist. Cleveland Clinic spoke on Frontal Lobe epilepsies. Dr. Lara Jehi, Adult Epileptologist, Cleveland Clinic discussed outcomes of Epilepsy Surgery and Dr. Deepak Lachhwani, Paediatric Epileptologist covered various challenging issues in Paediatric patients.
The seminar was well attended by over 150 delegates from all over India, including senior Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Paediatric Neurologists, Radiologists, Neuropsychologists, Postgraduate Neurology Students and technologists involved in Epilepsy care. Some senior doctors included Prof. P. Satish Chandra, Director - NIMHANS, Bengaluru; Dr. Prof. Gourie Devi, Ex-Vice Chancellor - NIMHANS; Dr. Satish Jain, President - Indian Epilepsy Society; Dr. Vedantam Rajshekahr, Head - Neurosciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore; Prof. Singhal and Prof. Bharucha from Bombay Hospital & Medical Research Centre; and Dr. Piroja and Dr. Noshir Wadia. In addition several young epileptologists from all corners of the country attended and actively participated in the case presentations and discussions over the two days.
The workshop was a resounding success and the feedback was very enthusiastic and encouraging from the delegates lauding the scientific treat that was offered to them over the two days.