SVIMS University hosted the prestigious ECON-2009, tenth annual conference of the Indian Epilepsy Association (IEA) and Indian Epilepsy Society (IES) last week.
Touted as the country’s first standalone conference on epilepsy after it was dissociated from the annual meet on Indian Academy of Neurology, the event was held under the joint aegis of SVIMS Neurology Department and the Tirupati chapter of IEA.
S. Saxena, president of IEA recalled that Dr. G. Arjun Das, chief guest of the event had chaired the association’s first annual meeting held at Chennai in December 1993. Rakesh Shukla, president of IES explained the problems posed by epilepsy and said that it had three quarters of its presence (50 million people) in developing countries like India. He also outlined the efforts made by the IES, affiliated to the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), in the struggle against epilepsy.
H.V. Srinivas, secretary-general of IEA remarked that the disease knew no rich-poor barriers, nor the developed/developing nations. “While AIDS or cancer patients do not hesitate to talk about their disease, this disease is still bogged down by stigma, superstition and myth”, he noted. Satish Jain, secretary-general of IES assured the patients that they could lead a normal life with proper treatment, pointing out that IES was the first professional body to have come out with guidelines for the management of epilepsy, called the “Guidelines for Epilepsy Management in India (GEMIND)”.
SVIMS Dean and head of Neurology B.Vengamma, who is also the organising secretary of ECON-2009, delivered the welcome address. G. Subramanyam, Director and Vice-Chancellor of SVIMS expressed happiness at hosting the prestigious event.
Dr. Kanaka, the first lady neurosurgeon in Asia, who has been serving the TTD since 30 years, released the souvenir and the abstract book.