3rd International Congress on Epilepsy, Brain & Mind
April 3 - 5, 2014 Brno, Czech Republic
Epilepsy is both a disease of the brain and the mind. Brain diseases, structural and/or functional, underlie the appearance of epilepsy, but the notion of epilepsy is larger and cannot be reduced exclusively to the brain. We can therefore look at epilepsy from two angles. The first perspective is intrinsic: the etiology and pathophysiology, problems of therapy, impact on the brain networks, and the “mind” aspects of brain functions — cognitive, emotional, and affective. The second perspective is extrinsic: the social interactions of the person with epilepsy, the influence of the surrounding environment, and the influences of epilepsy on society. All these aspects reaching far beyond the pure biological nature of epilepsy have been the topics of two International Congresses of Epilepsy, Brain, and Mind that were held in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2010 and 2012. The third Congress will be held in Brno, Czech Republic on April 3–5, 2014.
Epilepsy is frequently associated with affective and cognitive disturbances. Nevertheless, these are frequently ignored and under-treated. The main topics of this congress have included the prevalence and diagnostic methods of depression, cognitive disturbances, psychic experiences and behavioural problems in persons with epilepsy (PWE). We shall focus on treatment options of those disturbances and the impact of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and cognitive drugs on PWE, as well as to the impact of antiepileptic drugs (AED) on attention, cognition, mood and behaviour. Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, the impact of deep brain stimulation and vagal nerve stimulation will be discussed as well as that of epilepsy and AED on the developing brain. Finally, the borderline between epileptology and philosophy, religion, art and history will open this congress also to non-specialists.
The congress is held under the auspices of the Czech Chapter of the International League Against Epilepsy and Chapters of ILAE from Albania, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
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