Cures Within Reach announces Industry Patient Impact Clinical Award for Prof Lieven Lagae

Prof Lieven Lagae, ICNA Executive Board Member &  Director of the Childhood Epilepsy Program at the KUL University Hospitals is the recipient of "Cures within Research" 5th Annual Global Health Repurposing Awards. Prof Lagae has been awarded the new Industry Patient Impact Clinical Award.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Global Health Repurposing Awards on June 27, 2017 at the 6th Annual Global Health Drug Repositioning and Repurposing Conference in Chicago, IL.

We are very proud to acknowledge the achievements of our fellow ICNA Executive Board member, Dr. Lieven Lagae of KUL University Hospitals in Belgium, for his "Cures Within Reach Industry Patient Impact Clinical Award 2017" which has been given in recognition of his pioneering research and world-wide efforts to repurpose the drug fenfluramine for Dravet syndrome patients.

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New drug targeting histamine for cataplexy in narcolepsy

A randomized, double-blinded trial has shown that pitolisant, a drug that targets a specific histamine receptor, can reduce cataplexy, a very disabling symptom of narcolepsy. Cataplexy is a sudden and uncontrollable muscle weakness or paralysis that comes on during the day and is often triggered by a strong emotion, such as excitement or laughter. The loss of muscle tone in cataplexy occurs because of the inability to regulate sleep and awake states -- meaning that elements o...
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Nodding syndrome caused by response to parasitic protein

​ Researchers have linked Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, to a parasitic worm that can cause river blindness. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that the mysterious neurological disease may be caused by an autoimmune response to the parasitic proteins. "This study identifies a cause of Nodding syndrome. But more broadly, these findings provide a novel perspective on epilepsy and suggest that som...
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Role for GABA in accelerating brain activity - new mechanism for epilepsy

Following a prolonged epileptic seizures  neural connections of the brain may be rewired in an incorrect way. This may result in seizures that are difficult to control with medication. Mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are not entirely known, which makes current therapies ineffective in some patients. In a study, published in the Annals of Neurology, researchers at the  Neuroscience Center of the University of Helsinki have shown a role for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA),...
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8th National Conference of the Association of Child Neurology (India) “ Bridging Advances and Basics in Child Neurology

​ Conference Title : 8th National Conference of the Association of Child Neurology " Bridging Advances and Basics in Child Neurology " Location: New Delhi, India Date: Feb. 3-5, 2017 Hosting Society: Association of Child Neurology Local Hosts: Dr. Rekha Mittal, Dr. Suvasini Sharma, Dr. Rakesh Jain Type of meeting: National Conference Participants: The 8th National conference of the Association of Child Neurology hosted approximately 400 attendees including 275 delegates (child neurologists, adul...
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