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St Lucia to host Caribbean Epilepsy Society meeting
Published on May 23, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- This weekend Saint Lucia will welcome delegates of the fourth North American Regional Caribbean Congress on Epilepsy (NARCCE), which will be held May 23 - 25. The NARCCE is the biennial meeting of the Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean (ESC).

The NARCCE was first held in Jamaica in 2008 and since then has become the Caribbean’s leading forum for the dissemination of information relating to the treatment and management of patients with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a group of long-term neurological disorders characterized by seizures which can vary from brief and nearly undetectable to long periods of vigorous shaking.

The conference theme “Caring for Patients with Epilepsy: Moving beyond Medication” is reflected in the broad range of topics to be covered which include epilepsy surgery; management of epilepsy in neonates; classification of epilepsy in both adults and children; and the important role of the primary care physician in the management of epilepsy. There will also be discussion on the stigma and discrimination often associated with epilepsy and disparities in care within the region.

Conference organizers have said that the congress is open to all medical professionals as well as members of the public who have been affected by epilepsy.

“The management of epilepsy often involves a wide array of health personnel. neurologists, neurosurgeons, general practitioners, paediatricians, nurses and dieticians all have a role to play in improving the lives of patients living with epilepsy,” said ESC president Dr Dave Clarke. “We hope Saint Lucia’s medical community comes out for this exciting educational event.”

Speakers include ESC past president, Dr Amza Ali, Jamaica; Dr Remi Bellance, Martinique, Dr Lionel Carmant, Canada, Prof. Henry Fraser, Barbados and Prof. Dennis Spencer, USA.
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