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ILAE Goals, Mission, and Strategy

The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is the world's preeminent association of physicians and other health professionals working toward a world where no person's life is limited by epilepsy.

Goals and Mission

ILAE's mission is to ensure that health professionals, patients and their care providers, governments, and the public world-wide have the educational and research resources that are essential in understanding, diagnosing and treating persons with epilepsy.

The goals of the ILAE are:

  • To advance and disseminate knowledge about epilepsy
  • To promote research, education and training
  • To improve services and care for patients, especially by prevention, diagnosis and treatment

Strategic Plan

How the ILAE Works

  • ILAE has national chapters in more than 100 countries with over 15,000 members. Each national chapter has elected officers and members who are doctors and other health care professionals interested in epilepsy.
  • ILAE has an Executive Committee: President, Vice President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President, and the Chair of each of the recognized ILAE regions as voting members for four year terms.
  • ILAE is funded from membership fees, Epilepsia subscriptions, congresses and from sponsorships and charitable donations.
  • ILAE has offices in Dublin, Ireland and Connecticut, USA.
  • ILAE publishes three journals:
    • Epilepsia, which is the leading, most authoritative source for current clinical and research results on all aspects of epilepsy
    • Epileptic Disorders, the League's educational journal
    • Epilepsia Open, an open-access publication forum for early, preliminary studies on epilepsy
  • ILAE publishes a membership newsletter, Epigraph.
  • ILAE holds scientific congresses on a regular basis:
    • International congresses every two years in conjunction with the International Bureau For Epilespy (IBE)
    • Regional congresses in each of its regions every two years
    • National congresses annually by each national chapter
  • ILAE has formal links with the World Health Organization (for the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy) and with the International Bureau for Epilepsy (the world's leading lay persons epilepsy association). ILAE also conducts, in conjunction with WHO, a global campaign entitled “Out of the Shadows” the aim of which is to increase public and professional awareness of epilepsy, as a universal treatable brain disorder.
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