CLAE - Canadian League Against Epilepsy

Who we are

The Canadian League Against Epilepsy is an organization of medical and basic sciences professionals counting more than 125 members, including physicians, basic scientists, nurses, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, students and other health professionals.

Our members are all keen to take advantage of their passions and their knowledge in their respective fields to better respond to various basic needs of the epilepsy population, present and future. We also work in collaboration with several organizations such as the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, the American Epilepsy Society and the North American Commission for Epilepsy. We meet at the time of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation congress and every other year at the Canadian League Against Epilepsy meeting. The league members are also in contact on an ongoing basis through our website in order to provide information and exchange views on various topics of current interest in epilepsy.

Our mission

Our mission is to enable Canadians affected by epilepsy to live a life that is not limited by their condition.

Goals:

Our goal is to develop, through research, innovative therapeutic and preventative strategies to avoid the consequences of epilepsy. We also want to translate these discoveries into applicable therapies for all Canadians. Finally, we want to promote national awareness and educate all Canadians about epilepsy and its consequences with the help of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance.

Objectives:

Maintain our level of excellence in epilepsy research and care by supporting National Priorities. Develop the Canadian version of the International League Against Epilepsy “Out of the Shadows” campaign. Realize a national event on a yearly basis to support epilepsy research and care nationwide. Continue to educate physicians and stakeholders across the country through our biannual CLAE meeting.

Our History

Prologue

The year 2007 was marked by the 30th anniversary of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy (CLAE). At the conclusion of the event, the incumbent 14th CLAE president, Dr. Lionel Carmant announced that 2008 will be the year of the launch of the Canadian version of the "Out of the Shadows" campaign.

The 30th anniversary represents a youthful maturation of an established organization with intrinsic growth, equipped with the wisdom and extrinsic evolution to meet future challenges. Dr. Carmant has made a timely decision to document the progress of the league since its inception. The ready availability of this historical overview and perspective is a landmark that will not only strengthen our resolve to invigorate the epilepsy movement, but also undoubtedly help to chart our future course.

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© By Juhn A. Wada, O.C., D.Sc., M.D., Med. Sc. D., FRCP
CLAE Founding President Professor Emeritus, Neurosciences & Neurology, University of British Columbia

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