March 2023 – For the first time in four years, over 1,000 participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have come together from 15 to 18 March 2023 for the joint annual meeting of the three national epileptology associations (Dreiländertagung). On 17 March 2023, the awards bestowed by the Swiss League Against Epilepsy will be presented in the Henry Ford building at the Freie Universität Berlin.
The Research Recognition Award, with prize money of CHF 25,000, goes to Marian Galovic of Zurich University Hospital, for his project «Longitudinal imaging as a biomarker of disease modification in epilepsy (LIBERO)». With the help of advanced imaging, he and his team are analysing the effect of epileptic seizures on brain structure. The current project is measuring changes to the brains of over 1,300 people with epilepsy and more than 250 healthy subjects over a long period of time. This will allow the researchers to determine how taking anti-seizure medication affects the structure of the brain. The objective is to find neuroprotective medication for people with epilepsy.
«Ideally the results of the study will lead to the development of new treatment methods which not only suppressive seizures, but also improve brain health,» says Barbara Tettenborn, president of the Swiss League Against Epilepsy. «That would be an overdue paradigm change in epilepsy treatment,» she adds.