Awards

Each year, the International Bureau For Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy jointly bestow three prestigious awards,  namely: – Ambassador for Epilepsy Awards – Award for Social Accomplishment in Epilepsy – Lifetime Achievement Award.

These awards will next be presented in September 2015 at the 31st International Epilepsy Congress, Istanbul 2015. IBE and ILAE member associations are now invited to submit nominations for these awards.

Ambassador for Epilepsy Awards:

The Ambassador for Epilepsy Award is given to individuals to recognise outstanding personal contributions to activities that advance the cause of epilepsy. These contributions and activities should either be performed at an international level or they should have an international impact or significance. The Award is given for the lifetime of the recipient.

Winners:

Ed Bertram (US)
Ingmar Blumcke (Germany)
Roberto Caraballo (Argentina)
Denise Chapman (Australia)
Aristea Galanopoulou (US)
Jean Gotman (Canada)
Mike Kerr (UK)
Philippe Ryvlin (Switzerland)
Dennis Spencer (US)
Frank Vajda (Australia)
Steve White (US)
Elza Marcia Yacubian (Brazil)

Social Accomplishment Award:

The Award for Social Accomplishment in Epilepsy is given to an individual to recognise his or her outstanding personal contribution to activities that have resulted in a significant advance in the social well being and or quality of life of people with epilepsy. The Award reflects international peer recognition.  It consists of an engraved glass trophy and a financial prize.

Winner:

Shunglon Lai (Taiwan ROC)
 

Lifetime Achievement Award:

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest award presented by ILAE and IBE and is presented to an individual to recognise and honour his or her exceptional and outstanding personal contribution over a long period of time to activities that advance the cause of epilepsy. The award consists of two commemorative and inscribed silver candlesticks and a financial prize.

Winner:

Frederick Andermann (Canada)

 

Epilepsia Prize

The Epilepsia Prize is awarded to the first author of an original research article published in Epilepsia during the period from 1st January to 31st December in any one calendar year, which in the opinion of the Awards Committee has contributed to the most significant advance to knowledge and understanding in clinical science in the field of epilepsy.

The winner of the 2014 The Epilepsia Prize is: Matthew Diamond (USA)

The award will be acknowledged during the Welcome Ceremony on Saturday 5th September, and the winning paper “IL-1β associations with posttraumatic epilepsy development: a genetics and biomarker cohort study” will be presented during the Awards Symposium on Sunday 6th September from 14:30 to 15:00 in Hall 4 (Rumeli A1).

 

Epileptic Disorders Educational Prize

The Epileptic Disorders Educational Prize is awarded to the first author of a contribution published in Epileptic Disorders during the period from 1st January to 31st December in any one calendar year, which in the opinion of the Awards Committee has made the most significant contribution to the educational mission of Epileptic Disorders.

The winner of the 2014 The Epilepsia Clinical Science Prize is: Alexandra Liava (Italy)

The award will be acknowledged during the Welcome Ceremony on Saturday 5th September, and the winning paper “Paediatric epilepsy surgery in the posterior cortex: a study of 62 cases” by Liava A, Mai R, Tassi L, Cossu M, Sartori I, Nobili L, Lo Russo G, Francione S. Epileptic Disord. 2014;16(2):141-64 will be presented during the Awards Symposium on Monday 7th September from 14:30 to 15:00 in Hall 4 (Rumeli A1).

 

The Michael Prize

Presented biennially, this prize was originally set up in 1963 to stimulate epilepsy research among young scientists in Germany. It is now one of the most highly regarded international awards for the best contribution to scientific and clinical research which promote further development in epileptology.

The recipient of the 2015 Michael Prize is: Jeanne Paz (USA).

The award will be acknowledged during the Welcome Ceremony on Saturday 5th September, and the winning paper “Closed loop optogenetic control of epileptic seizures” will be presented during the Awards Symposium on Tuesday 8th September from 14:30 to 15:00 in Hall 4 (Rumeli A1).

 

Harinarayan Young Neuroscientist Award

The Harinarayan Young Neuroscientist Award is designed to encourage and reward young (< 35 y) basic science investigators committed to epilepsy research. This new Award issued in 2015 is endowed by ILAE Neurobiology Commission and is generously supported by a donation of the Harinarayan Family. Awardee(s) are selected by Neurobiology Commission members based on the evaluation of scientific abstracts submitted to the ILAE Epilepsy Congress, with focus on originality of research.

The 2015 Harinarayan Young Neuroscientist Award (diploma and 500 Euro) is shared between Cristina Ruedell Reschke (Dublin, Ireland) and Ping Zheng (Melbourne, Australia)

The Prize will be acknowledged during the Welcome Ceremony on Saturday 5th September, and will be awarded during the Neurobiology Symposium on Sunday 6th September from 11.30 to 13:30 in Hall 3 (Marmara).