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SPEAKERS

Prof. Ahmad Beydoun
Professor of Neurology
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon

COMING SOON

Prof. Cigdem Ozkara
Professor of Neurology
University of Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

Prof. Cigdem Ozkara graduated from Bursa, Uludag University, and Medical Faculty in 1984. She worked in different cities in Anatolia for compulsory service for two years and completed Neurology training in Bakirkoy State Hospital for Neurological and Psychiatric disorders in 1991. After receiving William G. Lennox International Clinical Research Fellowship provided by American Epilepsy Foundation (EFA), she worked in University of Virginia, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in 1991-1992. She later stayed as visiting Professor in UCLA-Epilepsy Center in 1996. She achieved Associate Professorship in 1996 and full Professorship in 2002 at Istanbul University. Since then she has been working at Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical School, Department of Neurology, Division of Clinical Electrophysiology, Epilepsy – EEG Section and running an epilepsy outpatient clinic and epilepsy surgery program.
Prof. Ozkara served for Turkish Epilepsy Society as Secretary and President, as member of different ILAE commissions and EUREPA, and as Secretary for ILAE European commission. Currently she is member of ILAE Epilepsy Surgery Commission and in the team of EPODES (epilepsy surgery courses). She published many papers on epilepsy in national and international journals and wrote chapters for epilepsy books. She is involved in the organization of many national and international meetings. She is serving in the Editorial Board of Journals. She was awarded as “Ambassador for Epilepsy” in 2009.

Dr. Maher Arabi
Epileptologist
Ibn Sina Hospital
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Dr. Maher Arabi is currently the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Ibn Sina Hospital and the Vice President of the Kuwaiti League Against Epilepsy (KLAE). After completing his Internal Medicine Residency at Makassed Hospital in Lebanon, he joined the American University of Beirut Medical Center where he completed a 3 years fellowship in Neurology followed by a 2-year Fellowship in epilepsy under the mentorship of Prof. Ahmad Beydoun. During this period he actively participated in the ongoing New-Onset Epilepsy in Lebanon (NOEL) trial. After that Dr. Arabi Joined Ibn Sina Hospital in August 2012 where he established the First Epilepsy monitoring unit in Kuwait that served both adult and pediatrics. He played a key role in building a solid multidisciplinary program that included epilepsy surgeries that were performed for the first time in Kuwait. In addition, Dr. Arabi has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Raidah Al-Baradie
Professor of Neurology
KFSH-D & Dammam University
Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr. Raidah Al-Baradie trained in Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy in Harvard Medical School, Boston Children Hospital. She first became certified at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with a special qualification in Child Neurology in 2006 and obtained a re-certification in 2016. In addition, she received a subspecialty certification with the American Board in Epilepsy in 2016. Dr. Al-Baradie obtained an Executive master’s degree in Health Administration in 2013 from University of Alabama (EMSHA). She is also currently the Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Chairman of Pediatric Neurology at King Fahad Specialist Hospital – Dammam (KFSH-D). She is a fellow at AES and the founder of EMU at KFSH-D.
She is the President of the Saudi Chapter of Epilepsy & Saudi Epilepsy Society. She is the representative of Global Campaign of International League Against Epilepsy in Mediterranean Region. She is also a member of the Editorial & Advisory Boards of several journals, including Neurosciences and European Pediatric Neurology Journal. Her research interest has focused mainly on clinical aspects related to epilepsy. She published several abstracts in national and international publications.

Prof. Samuel Wiebe
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences, President
University of Calgary, International League Against Epilepsy
Calgary, Canada

Prof. Wiebe is President of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) for the term 2017-2021. He trained in Neurology, Epilepsy and Electrophysiology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, followed by a Master in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, Canada. He served as Director of the Epilepsy Programme at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, and as Head of Neurology at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Programme, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, and Chair of the Clinical Research Unit at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is Ambassador for Epilepsy of the ILAE and International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE). In the ILAE he served as Chair of the North American Commission, and was elected as secretary general and as treasurer of the ILAE. His academic and research interests include: health services, health informatics, outcomes research and evidence based medicine.

Dr. Taoufik Alsaadi
Consultant Neurologist and Chief Medical Officer
American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Alsaadi is a Chief Medical officer and the Chair of the Neurology Department at the American Center of Psychiatry & Neurology (ACPN). He was trained in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of California San Francisco, and was a research fellow in Epilepsy there. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and by the American Board of Neurology in Clinical Epilepsy.

Before joining ACPN, Dr. Alsaadi was the Chief of the Neurology Department at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City for 11 years. He was previously an associate Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Adult Epilepsy Program and the Clinical Research Program at the University of California Davis. His research has focused on conducting drug study trials for new anti-epileptic agents for patients with epilepsy, quality of life in patients with epileptic and non-epileptic disorders, as well as other chronic neurological disorders, neuropsychiatric co-morbidities with various neurological disorders, neuroimaging and electroencephalographic predictors of outcome from epilepsy surgery. He also has a special interest in utilizing various neuroimaging techniques in studying seizure disorders, particularly MR spectroscopy and fMRI. Dr. Alsaadi has been honored with several prestigious awards for his work in the field of epilepsy. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Northern California Epilepsy Foundation and on the membership committee of the American Epilepsy Society. He has served as the President of the Western Clinical Neurophysiology Society in the United Sates. He is currently the President of the Emirati League against epilepsy and the Vice President of CEMA (Commission of the Eastern Mediterranean Affairs). He also serves at the Editorial Board for BMC Journal of Neurology and Journal of Neurosciences. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 papers and book chapters, and has served as a peer-reviewer for more than 15 scientific journals.

Dr. Wassim Nasreddine
Professor of Neurology
American University of Beirut Medical Center
Beirut, Lebanon

COMING SOON

Prof. Bernhard Steinhoff
Medical Director
Kork Epilepsy Center
Kehl-Kork, Germany

Prof. Dr. Bernhard J. Steinhoff has been the Medical Director of the Epilepsy Centre Kork since 2002, after serving as Vice Director since 2000. He is also a Professor for Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is a board certified epileptologist and neurologist who has studied multiple antiepileptic drugs.

Dr. Steinhoff was the Head of the EEG and Epilepsy Section and the Senior Registrar in the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at Georg-August-University Göttingen for 7 years between 1993 and 2000. Before this, in 1992, he was a research fellow in the Section of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his residency at Epilepsiezentrum Kork from 1987 to 1990 and internship from 1990 to 1992 in the Department of Neurology, University Hospital München-Grosshadern.

Dr. Steinhoff was named one of the top 5 lecturers by the German Neurological Society and given the Alfred-Hauptmann Prize in 2015. He is a member of the German Society of Clinical Neurophysiology and the German, American and Swiss Epilepsy Chapters of the International League Against Epilepsy and was also Past President of the Society of Presurgical Diagnostics and Surgical Epilepsy Therapy for the International League Against Epilepsy. In addition, Dr. Steinhoff has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Deepak Lachhwani
Chief of Neurology
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

COMING SOON

Dr. Mufeed Raoof
Head of Pediatric Neurology
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Mufeed Raoof is an Iraqi Psychiatrist. He is currently an acting Consultant Psychiatrist at Behavioral Sciences Pavilion, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi since 2007.
He is an international fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and International Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Masters in Psychiatry & Neurology, and PhD in General Psychology “on Epilepsy Psychopathology”.
In 2005, he completed a subspecialty training in Learning Disability Psychiatry at West Kent NHS, United Kingdom, and in 2008 he completed a special training course on “Trauma and Recovery Mastery Program” arranged by the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) and Harvard Medical School. He has a number of published research papers.
His special interests include: Psychiatric disorders among people with epilepsy and people with learning disability.

Prof. Riadh Gouider
Head & Consultant Neurologist
Razi Hospital
Tunis, Tunisia

Riadh Gouider is Professor of Neurology since 2005. He is head of Department of Neurology at Razi Hospital since 2002 and the Alzheimer Center since 2010. Dr. Gouider is the President of the Tunisian Society of Neurology since 2014. He is the President of the Pan African Association of Neurological Societies (PAANS) since 2014 and the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (MENACTRIMS) since 2014. Dr. Gouider is a founding member of the Maghrebian Federation of Neurology since 2001. He is the Trustee of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) since 2014 and the Regional Director in the WFN for the Pan African Region since 2012.
Dr. Gouider is a member of Scientific Council of the International Federation of Multiple Sclerosis (MSIF) since 2013 and Vice President of the Scientific Committee of the Tunisian Association of the Multiple Sclerosis (ATSEP) since 2014. Dr. Gouider is member of the French Society of Neurology (SFN) since 2003 and the French Society for Research in Clinical Neurophysiology (ARN) since 1993. He received several awards (American Academy of Neurology 1994, JNLF 2013, Maghrebian Federation of Neurology. He authored and co-authored more than 100 original papers or book chapters especially on epidemiology of MS.
His fields of interest are multiple sclerosis, with research on epidemiology and clinical specificities in Tunisia, dementia (with four key research areas: epidemiology of dementia in Tunisians, early and younger onset dementias, neuropsychological assessment and risk factors), inherited peripheral neuropathy axed on clinical (eletrophysiological and genetic studies of Charcot Marie Tooth disease, especially on autosomal forms with identification of many new gene mutations), epilepsy (main focus on neurophysiology and genetic of epilepsies, especially, familial forms of idiopathic epilepsies, recessive epilepsies and Unverricht Lundborg disease).

Prof. Simon Shorvon
Consultant Neurologist
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
London, United Kingdom

Prof. Shorvon was qualified in Medicine in 1973 from the University of Cambridge. He was appointed as Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and as Professor in Clinical Neurology in 1995 and Chair of the Department of Clinical Neurology. He served on the ILAE Executive Committee for 20 years, including as 2nd Vice-President and as co-Editor-in-Chief of Epilepsia. He also served as President of the Neuroscience Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and President of the Joint Neurosciences Council of Great Britain. He has held the post of Officer and Harveian Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians and has served and as non-exec Director of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He has been author of over 500 journal peer review articles and book chapters. He is author/editor of over 20 monographs and textbooks including: Neurology: A Queen Square Textbook (Wiley, 2nd ed. 2016); The End of Epilepsy? (Oxford University Press; 2016), The Treatment of Epilepsy (Wiley, 4th ed. 2016), Handbook of Treatment of Epilepsy (Wiley, 3rd ed. 2010), Causes of Epilepsy (Cambridge University Press, 2011, 2nd edition due in 2018), Oxford Textbook of Epilepsy and Epileptic Seizures (Oxford University Press, 2013). Status epilepticus is a special interest and he has published a monograph on Status Epilepticus (Cambridge University Press), he coined the expression Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus and is co-chair of the biennial Colloquium on Status Epilepticus and Acute Seizures.

Dr. Wasseem Fathalla
Head & Consultant of Pediatric Neurology
Mafraq Hospital
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Waseem Fathalla did his General Pediatric Residency in Henry Ford Hospital Detroit, and had his Pediatric American board certification in 1997. Dr. Fathalla trained in Child Neurology in Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, he got his American Board Certification in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology in 2000.

Dr. Fathalla have special interest in critical care neurology, neurometabolic disorders, end of life care and Islamic bioethics. He also hold a Bachelors and Masters degree in Islamic Science.

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