HISTORY OF INDIAN EPILEPSY SOCIETY

Epilepsy is one of the most serious chronic disorders of the brain characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures or fits. As per studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), epilepsy accounts for approximately 1% of the global burden of disease. Epilepsy is one of the four most important causes of economic and personal loss among the primary disorders of the brain. Most developed countries have recognized this fact and are concentrating their efforts aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

The International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) are the two international organizations that look after various aspects of epilepsy at the global level. The ILAE is an international organization of medical professionals working in the field of epilepsy while the IBE is the international lay organization concerned mainly with a large number of social problems that tragically add to the disabilities encountered by individuals with epilepsy.

The Indian Epilepsy Society (IES) was constituted and registered With the Registrar of Societies, Govt. of India, Delhi on May 13, 1997. The main objectives of the IES are to:

  • Maintain the highest standard in the ethics and practice for the promoting of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of all persons with epilepsy.
  • Promote and encourage research concerning the epilepsies.
  • Improve education, and dissemination of knowledge concerning epilepsy.
  • Maintain a good liaison with the organization of lay people - Indian Epilepsy Association (IEA).

The 18th International Epilepsy Congress was by organized at New Delhi in 1989 and was attended by about 1200 delegates. The 18th IEC was a land mark event contributing to the development of interest in Epilepsy in not only in India but also in the neighbouring countries. The 3rd Asian-Oceanian Epilepsy Congress was organized successfully by the IES in New Delhi in 2000 provided further impetus in this direction.

The IES has started organizing EEG Workshops with an aim to train young doctors, nurses and technicians interested in care of epilepsy patients. Two such workshops have already been organized in 2008 and 2009 at the AIIMS, New Delhi. It is proposed to organize more such workshops at other centres in India and neighbouring countries.

The 18th International Epilepsy Congress was by organized at New Delhi in 1989 and was attended by about 1200 delegates. The 18th IEC was a land mark event contributing to the development of interest in Epilepsy in not only in India but also in the neighbouring countries. The 3rd Asian-Oceanian Epilepsy Congress was organized successfully by the IES in New Delhi in 2000 provided further impetus in this direction.

The IES has started organizing EEG Workshops with an aim to train young doctors, nurses and technicians interested in care of epilepsy patients. Two such workshops have already been organized in 2008 and 2009 at the AIIMS, New Delhi. It is proposed to organize more such workshops at other centres in India and neighbouring countries.

The 'Guidelines for Epilepsy Management in India' (GEMIND) were released in October, 2008 during the Annual Conference of the IES and IEA. The GEMIND are a milestone in the true sense and perhaps the first example of a national professional body formulating guidelines for a common disorder in India.

The GEMIND are expected to help in improving medical decision making for the millions of people with epilepsy in India, mainly at a general physician level. The IES will continue to make efforts to organize more educational activities for the benefit of the healthcare professionals and people with epilepsy.

The IES has 450 life members. It is administered by the Executive Committee on behalf of the General Body. The Executive Committee consists of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary-General and 5 Executive Members. The IES is affiliated to International League against Epilepsy (ILAE).

The current Executive Committee of the IES consists of the following:

Dr Rakesh Shukla : President
Dr B Vengamma : Vice-President
Dr Satish Jain: Secretary General
Dr MM Mehndiratta: Treasurer
Dr Manjari Tripathi: Executive Committee Member
Dr P Sarat Chandra: Executive Committee Member
Dr Sanjeev Thomas: Executive Committee Member
Dr Sita Jayalakshmi: Executive Committee Member
Dr Parampreet S Kharbanda: Executive Committee Member
Dr M Gourie-Devi: Past-President
Dr VS Saxena: Editor - Epilepsy India
President of the IEA: Ex-Officio Member
Secretary General if the IEA: Ex-Officio Member

In the IES, we are still young and small in numbers as compared to the ILAE chapters of other countries. We still have a long way to go. I hope that the membership list of the IES will not only grow in the near future but all the members will actively contribute their share towards achieving the common goal and soon we will be able to "bring epilepsy out of the shadows".

Annual Joint Conferences of IEA & IES

S.No Conferences Date & Year Venue
1st 15 /16 Dec. 1999 Grand Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel, Hyderabad
2nd 14 /15 Dec. 2001 Hotel Regent, Mumbai
3rd 30 / 31 Oct. 2002 Sanjay Gandhi PG Institute, Lucknow
4th 27 / 28 Sep. 2003 Hotel Taj Residency, Visakhapatnam
5th 28 / 29 Oct. 2004 Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur
6th 22 / 23 Sep. 2005 Hotel Rajputana Sheraton, Jaipur
7th 5/6 Oct. 2006 NIMHANS, Bangalore
8th 03-10-2007 Hotel President, Mumbai
9th 02-10-2008 IHC, Delhi
10th 07-02-2009 SVIMS, Tirupathi
11th 06 / 07-02-2010 Indore, Madhya Pradesh
12th 26 / 27-02-2011 Ludhiana, Punjab
13th 25 / 26-02-2012 Bolgatty Palace, Kochi
14th 8 / 10-02-2013 Hyderabad
15th 31Jan 1/2-02-2014 Taj Bengal,Kolkata
16th 6-8th 02-2015 Chennai
17th 12-14th Feb2016

Hotel Novotel Varun Beach, Visakhapatnam

IES Orations

Year Oration Orator
Dr BC Bansal Uma Bansal Oration
2001 Dr Devika Nag
2002 Dr Satish Jain
2003 Dr K Srinivas
2005 Dr NN Sarangi
2007 Dr Rubin Kuzniecky
2009 Dr S Prabhakar
2010
2011 Dr Man Mohan Mehndiratta
2013 Dr S Katrak
2015 Dr Sanjeev Thomas
Mrs Shobha Arjundas Oration
2002 Dr M Gourie-Devi
2004 Dr VS Saxena
2006 Dr Meena Gupta
2008 Dr JMK Murthy
2010 Dr Solomon Moshe
2011 Dr Satish Jain
2012 Prof.Satish Jain
2014 Dr S K Shankar.
2015 Dr Man Mohan Mehndiratta.
2016 Dr Man Mohan Mehndiratta.
Dr AD Sehgal Oration
2002 Dr KK Sinha
2004 Dr PK Sethi
2006 Dr Nadir Bharucha
2008 Dr K Radhakrishnan
2010 Dr Satish Jain
2012 Prof. Satish Chandra
2014 Dr AmbarChakravarty
2015 Dr Sarat Chandra
2016 Dr Sarat Chandra
Presidential Oration
2015 Dr Satish Jain