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In Memoriam Fred Andermann

It is with great sadness that we announce that Frederick Andermann, Emeritus Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, passed away on Sunday June 16 in Montreal, at the age of 88. Dr. Andermann was a giant of epilepsy with contributions in numerous areas of clinical epilepsy. He also trained and inspired a large number of fellows who have become recognized leaders all over the world. He is a past vice-president of the ILAE and was involved in many activities of the League.

Fred is survived by his wife and lifelong collaborator Eva Andermann, his children Lisa, Anne and Mark, and his six grandchildren, Hanna (12), Lara (11), Jamie (9), Leila (9), Benjamin (7) and Kaya (7). He will be lovingly remembered by his family and his many friends and colleagues.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Frederick Andermann Clinical and Research Fellowship in Epileptology and EEG at McGill University to continue his legacy of training epilepsy specialists worldwide. For more details see: https://www.mcgill.ca/channels/news/new-fellowship-targets-epilepsy-174860. Donations to the Fellowship can be made at www.alumni.mcgill.ca/give under “I want to support - Other” and specify the “Frederick Andermann Fellowship in Epileptology and EEG” or by calling Arnav Manchanda at the McGill Faculty of Medicine Advancement Office 514-398-2529 or Wendy at the Jewish Community Foundation 514-734-1592. For any questions, you can also contact the Program Director of the Fellowship, Dr. Eliane Kobayashi, ateliane.kobayashi@mcgill.ca.

Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Summit 2019: 
Epilepsy – Focal Cortical Dysplasia
Course Director: Imad Najm, MD

September 12-15, 2019
InterContinental Hotel & Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Please click here for more information!

Visit: www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/live/courses/ni-summit-epilepsy/ for registration.

6th Residential International Course on Drug Resistant Epilepsies 

Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital – IRCCS in Rome, Italy

May 5 - 11, 2019 

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CEA makes statement about the troubling portrayal of seizures in the Netflix film ‘The After Party'

August 28, 2018  Netflix recently released a movie called The After Party. Deirdre Floyd, President of The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance/Alliance Canadienne de l’epilepsie (CEA/ ACE) says  “the portrayal of seizures in this film is inaccurate and portrays those living with seizures in a negative way”.

For more information: www.canadianepilepsyalliance.org .





CLAE Issues Statement about Disney Movie ‘Incredibles 2’

Disney has warned the public that the movie “Incredibles 2” may trigger seizures in people with epilepsy.

Some persons with epilepsy have photosensitive epilepsy. With this type of epilepsy, certain patterns of flashing lights can trigger an epileptic seizure. Photosensitive epilepsy is very rare, and unfortunately it is unknown why photosensitivity occurs. Most patients with epilepsy are not sensitive to light exposure. Whether an individual has photosensitive epilepsy or not is usually made evident during a routine EEG examination. During the performance of such an EEG, flashing lights are administered to the patient, and characteristic electrical discharges from the brain can be seen on the tracing.

If you have photosensitive epilepsy, we recommend that you avoid unnecessary exposure to flashing lights.

If you do not know if your epilepsy is photosensitive, please consult your physician.

Update Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Important update regarding Clonazepam

Clonazepam is increasingly reported in backorder by several Pharmaceutical companies. There are no major issues reported in Ontario; however, in Alberta the situation is slightly different (Apotex has supply of 2 mg tablets available which can be cut or compounded). 

For more detailed information, click here

Juan Pablo Appendino

Chair, Medical Therapeutics Committee

Update Posted: Tuesday February 27, 2018

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