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The CLAE Scientific Committee is pleased to host the 2017 Scientific Meeting in beautiful Vancouver. Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Andres Kanner from the University of Miami who is an internationally-recognized expert in behavioural aspects of epilepsy and epilepsy surgery. To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we have invited the founding members of the CLAE to speak at the Gala Dinner on Saturday October 14, 2017 at the Fairmont Vancouver. 


The CLAE Scientific Meeting brings together participants from across Canada and abroad. It provides an opportunity to network with colleagues and exchange ideas while gaining up-to-date knowledge on emerging basic and clinical research developments in epilepsy and key management issues in the field.

The formal program runs Friday through Sunday and consists of CLAE plenary sessions, poster preview and viewing sessions. It will be an opportunity to review the academic strengths of our colleagues and continue future collaboration in education and research.


The draft program is available here.

The CLAE Scientific Committee has organized an excellent program for the meeting. One main theme will include cognitive, psychiatric and psychosocial issues important in epilepsy. Other themes will include different approaches to challenging cases in epilepsy surgery, utilization of epilepsy surgery, personalized therapy of epilepsy, mechanisms underlying SUDEP, diagnostic imaging in epilepsy, infantile spasms, women and epilepsy, and parietal lobe epilepsy.

Based on the success of the short courses that were offered for the first time at the 2016 meeting, we will include two short courses. One course will focus on pharmacology of anti-seizure drugs and the other on neuropathology. These courses will be of widespread interest to all CLAE members. We will also hold platform presentations from the four top-ranked trainee abstracts.


The main objectives of the meeting are to:

    • Review cognitive, psychiatric and psychosocial issues important in epilepsy.
    • Identify different approaches to challenging cases in epilepsy surgery.
    • Discuss the utilization of epilepsy surgery.
    • Review basic and clinical pharmacology of the newer anti-seizure drugs.
    • Review common neuropathological lesions that cause seizures.
    • Review personalized therapy of epilepsy.
    • Review potential mechanisms underlying SUDEP.
    • Review stereotactic and ablative surgery in epilepsy.
    • Review pre- and post-surgical diagnostic imaging in epilepsy.
    • Review infantile spasms.
    • Review women and epilepsy.
    • Review parietal lobe epilepsy.


Whether you are an academic or practicing neurologist, neurophysiologist, epileptologist, neuroscientist, neurosurgeon, child neurologist, epilepsy or EEG fellow, neurology or neurosurgery resident, graduate student, nurse, social worker or other professional or researcher in epilepsy care or a trainee, this will be an excellent opportunity to meet fellow Canadians interested in the field of epilepsy and find out about the newest epilepsy treatments and discoveries.



Last year the CLAE held the inaugural CLAE Fun Run Walk to raise funds for CLAE awards and projects and with almost $5,000 raised, the event was a major success and very rewarding for participants. This year we are doubling our goal and challenging you to raise $10,000.

Can we beat last year? Let’s lace up and find out!

Challenge your colleagues to join you on this 5km run or 3km walk and take in the stunning Vancouver scenery.

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 6:30 a.m.

Location: Meet in the lobby of the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront at 6:15 a.m.

Details: 5km run or 3km walk

Entry Fee: $35.00

To register and fundraise please click here.


Join us Saturday, October 14, 2017 for the CLAE 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner and take in the breathtaking views at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Rooftop. We will be honoured to hear from CLAE Founding Members and we are proud to have the amazing Saul Berson Trio performing for us. This renowned jazz ensemble has performed in venues across Canada. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an evening catching up with your colleagues and celebrating the accomplishments of your association!

Tickets are additional and can be purchased when you register.


New this year! The CLAE will be holding an exciting networking opportunity for residents and organizations during the 2017 Scientific Meeting, and is inviting all institutions and organizations to post job opportunities. All job postings will be displayed for the residents during the conference.

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