Highlights From AES2020, a Virtual American Epilepsy Society Experience

Barbara C. Jobst, Kelly R. Conner, Douglas Coulter, Itzhak Fried, Shanna Guilfoyle, Lawrence J. Hirsch, R. Edward Hogan, Jennifer L. Hopp, Dean Naritoku, Madona Plueger, Catherine Schevon, Gigi Smith, Ignacio Valencia, William Davis Gaillard

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Abstract

Due to COVID-19 a live, in-person meeting was not possible for the American Epilepsy Society in 2020. An alternative, virtual event, the AES2020, was held instead. AES2020 was a great success with 4679 attendees from 70 countries. The educational content was outstanding and spanned the causes, treatments, and outcomes from epileptic encephalopathy to the iatrogenicity of epilepsy interventions to neurocognitive disabilities to the approach to neocortical epilepsies. New gene therapy approaches such as antisense oligonucleotide treatment for Dravet syndrome were introduced and neuromodulation devices were discussed. There were many other topics discussed in special interest groups and investigators’ workshops. A highlight was having a Nobel prize winner speak about memory processing. Human intracranial electrophysiology contributes insights into memory processing and complements animal work. In a special COVID symposium, the impact of COVID on patients with epilepsy was reviewed. Telehealth has been expanded rapidly and may be well suited for some parts of epilepsy care. In summary, the epilepsy community was alive and engaged despite being limited to a virtual platform.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303
Number of pages1
JournalEpilepsy Currents
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • annual meeting
  • cognition
  • education
  • epilepsy
  • treatment

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