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Epilepsy, in a resource poor country like Pakistan, faces a shortage of specialists along with specialists’ skill gap in epileptology. Epilepsy should primarily be treated by Primary Care Physicians (PCP) and referred to the specialists in case of any management problems. Thus it is important for the specialists as well as the PCPs to be equipped with knowledge about epilepsy and its management to confidently manage the disorder. This is extremely important because if the patient is not adequately managed and continues to have seizures despite compliant of the doctor’s prescription, they tend to lose hope from medical treatment and start indulging into the age old misconceptions. CECP-NEC and CECP-ESP has undertaken initiatives to train PCPs and apprise the specialists in latest trends of epilepsy management all over the country. They are encouraged to discuss their problematic cases with us via email or with the patient’s single visit to NEC for proper evaluation and treatment; then to be followed up by the primary care giver. In addition, allied medical staff, paramedical staff and health workers are also trained to help identify and refer to the nearest doctor.

Workshops for Neurologists and Neurology Trainees

ASEPA-ANZAAN EEG Teaching Courses

The Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) in collaboration with Epilepsy Association of Pakistan and National Epilepsy Centre, Karachi. host this much required practical teaching course in EEG interpretation. EEG reading is complex and Pakistan lack’s any formal teaching course in this very important diagnostic test. The course lays down the foundation of basic EEG learning on which the specialist builds up his/her expertise my spending as much time in EEG labs, performing EEGs themselves and interpreting it independently before it is reported by a specialist. To quote Prof John Dunne a passionate EEG trainer, “no EEG is better than an inadequate, wrongly interpreted EEG”.

In 2000, Prof. Ernie Somerville and Dr. Andrew Bleasel formulated and initiated this distinctive and very successful EEG Teaching Course for Australian & New Zealand neurology trainees. In 2010 they graciously extended it in the entire Asian and Oceanian region by collaborating with ASEPA. The EEG Course provides a theoretical and practical learning of reading and reporting of routine adult and paediatric EEG. This two days’ intensive workshop consists of four 90 minute sessions each day. Each session starts with a 30-minute didactic lecture followed by a 60 minute, small group, active-participation tutorial where EEG samples are demonstrated and discussed under the direction of an expert EEG tutor belonging to various countries of the Asia-Oceania region. Topics include basic technical aspects of EEG, the normal awake and asleep EEG, and epileptiform and non-epileptiform abnormalities in adults and children. Many postgraduates and junior neurologist have benefited from the two workshops held in Karachi and Lahore.

ASEPA-EAP Epilepsy Teaching Courses

The Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) the educational wing of ILAE-Asia Oceania collaborates with Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP) and National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) to conduct comprehensive courses on epilepsy for neurology postgraduates and fresh neurologists. The themes of topics vary but related to epilepsy.

ASEPA-ASNA EEG certification written exam has also been held. We would like to encourage more trainee and fresh neurologists to take this exam.

Three Tiered Epilepsy Workshops For Neurology Trainees


Three full day workshops at one monthly intervals for groups of neurology trainees were conducted in main cities of Pakistan to provide a comprehensive understanding of epilepsy management. The final round consisted of hands on experience of evaluation of real patients and discussing their diagnosis and management in small groups headed my senior neurologists.

Edhi Memorial Lectures/Workshops for Primary Care Physicians & Medical Students

Workshops for specialists, primary care physicians, medical students, paramedics and general public have been undertaken on a frequent basis. Since 2017, to honour Pakistan’s ultimate humanitarian and social worker Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi all these lectures / workshops have been named Edhi Memorial Workshops / Lectures. Mr. Edhi also had epilepsy and is the Ambassador of CECP-NEC AND CECP-ESP’s epilepsy campaign and remains to be the iconic figure for PWE.

Edhi Memorial Lectures/Workshops for Primary Care Physicians & Medical Students

Workshops for specialists, primary care physicians, medical students, paramedics and general public have been undertaken on a frequent basis. Since 2017, to honour Pakistan’s ultimate humanitarian and social worker Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi all these lectures / workshops have been named Edhi Memorial Workshops / Lectures. Mr. Edhi also had epilepsy and is the Ambassador of CECP-NEC AND CECP-ESP’s epilepsy campaign and remains to be the iconic figure for PWE.

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ASEPA–ANZAN EEG Teaching Course, ILAE–ASEPA Epilepsy Teaching Course November 15 – 17, 2019 – Lahore

Through the aegis of International League Against Epilepsy’s (ILAE) Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) in collaboration with National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP), the second 2 days ASEPA – ANZAN (Australia and New Zealand Association of Neurologists) EEG Teaching Course was held followed by a one-day ILAE – ASEPA Epilepsy Teaching Course in Lahore. Methodological hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography (EEG) was organized for neurologists and neurology trainees of the country. A teaching faculty of eight international master tutors consisted of Dr. Andrew Bleasel (Australia); Prof. Chong-Tin Tan (Malaysia); Emeritus Prof. Jing-Jane Tsai (Taiwan); Prof. Lim Kheng Seang (Malaysia); Dr. Jacint Sala i Padró (Spain), Dr. Kyoko Kanazawa (Japan); Dr. Raymond Azman Ali (Malaysia) and Dr. Xiaohua Chen (Australia). The participants were introduced with the basic technical & clinical aspects of EEG reading in adults and children in a methodological manner. The third day was dedicated to lectures by the faculty on update with respect to epilepsy and its management.

Edhi Memorial Lecture – Epilepsy Teaching Course for Doctors from Afghanistan January 14 & 15, 2018 – Karachi

A special epilepsy teaching course under Edhi Memorial Lecture was developed for specialist of neurosciences from Afghanistan. The esteemed doctors were given a didactic lecture on the first day. The second day the group located to National Epilepsy Centre for hands on experience in patients as well as basic technical as well as interpretational knowledge about electroencephalography (EEG). Each participant was given a certification at the end of the course.

ASEPA-ANZAN EEG Teaching Course November 18 & 19, 2017 – Karachi

National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP) organized first kind a methodological hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography (EEG) in Pakistan through the aegis of International League Against Epilepsy’s (ILAE) Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA). ASEPA-ANZAN (Australia and New Zealand Association of Neurologists) EEG Teaching Course was held in Karachi for neurologists and neurology trainees from all over the country. This unique hands-on EEG teaching course being introduced the participants with the basic technical & clinical aspects of EEG reading in adults and children in a methodological manner. The ASEPA-ANZAN faculty consisted of Dr. Andrew Bleasel (Austarlia); Prof. Chong-Tin Tan (Malaysia); Emeritus Prof. Jing-Jane Tsai (Taiwan); Prof. Lim Kheng Seang (Malaysia); Dr. Yotin Chinvarun (Bangkok); Dr Choong Yi Fong (Malaysia); Dr. Chin-Wei William Huang (Taiwan); Dr. Ahmad Rithauddin (Malaysia) and Dr. Zarine Mogal (Pakistan).

Edhi Memorial Lecture – CME For Family Physician at ESSA Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre October 21, 2017 – Karachi

As part of Edhi Memorial Lecture a continued medical education (CME) on diagnosis and management of epilepsy for family physicians was held in collaboration with Essa Laboratory and Diagnostic centre. This was the 524th CME, being organized by Essa centre over several years. About 60 family physician and some medical internists attended.

Edhi Memorial Lecture – Jinnah Sindh Medical University February 18, 2017 – Karachi

Lecture on epilepsy diagnosis and management for Final Year students at Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU), the future health caregivers was held as part of Edhi Memorial Lecture Series. About 250 students attended the lecture. Various topics were covered about epilepsy; presentation, cause, treatment and management.

Lecture on “ILAE Classification of Seizures and Epilepsies – 2017” by Prof. Sameer M Zuberi March 30, 2017 – Karachi

A lecture on 2017 ILAE Classification of Seizures and the Epilepsies was arranged was held in collaboration with Epilepsy Association of Pakistan, ILAE’s Pakistan Chapter. Prof. Sameer M. Zuberi, Chair, ILAE Commission on Classification & Terminology 2013-17, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist & Honorary Professor, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow UK gave an elaborate talk which was followed by Q&A by the enthusiastic participants.

ILAE-ASEPA Teaching Course in Epilepsy December 1&2, 2016 – Lahore December 3&4, 2016 – Karachi

A two-day Teaching Course in Epilepsy was conducted in Lahore and Karachi. The course was organized by Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) an educational arm of Commission on Asian & Oceanian Affairs, International League Against Epilepsy, in collaboration with National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP). The ASEPA tutor speakers included Emeritus Professor Jing Jang Tsai (Taiwan), Professor Chong-Tin Tan (Malaysia), Dr. Zebunnessa Rahman (Australia), Dr. Ahmad Rithauddin (Malaysia) and Dr. Zarine Mogal (Pakistan). Emeritus Professor Hasan Aziz (Pakistan) was the guest speaker. The workshop was a combination of didactic lectures and interactive case-based discussions which comprehensively covered all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and holistic management of epilepsy in adult as well as paediatric population.

ILAE-ASEPA Teaching Course on Focal Epilepsy EEG Training Workshop and ASEPA-ASNA EEG Part I Exam January & February 2011 – Karachi & Lahore

The Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) conducted a teaching workshop on Focal Epilepsy organized by National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP). The workshop was held at Pearl-Continental Hotel, Karachi. International speakers from ASEPA included Dr. Ryuji Neshige, Dr. Yasumichi Koide and Dr. Yushi Inoue from Japan, and speakers from Pakistan were Dr. Zarine Mogal, Dr. Farah Minhas, and Prof Hasan Aziz. A comprehensive layout of topics was covered during the lectures. Neurologist from all over Pakistan attended the course. The workshop helped to stimulate their interest in the development of epileptology in Pakistan. The workshop was followed by 4-days EEG training workshops by Dr. Neshige in Karachi and Lahore. These trainings were highly appreciated by the participants. The ASEPA-ASNA EEG certificate examination part 1 was conduction on 30th January; 18 candidates took the exam.
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Lack of awareness, misconceptions, stigma & marginalization cause more misery than the condition itself. With medical, social & psychological treatment, public awareness to change the public mind-set is necessary. National Epilepsy Centre (NEC). Karachi, operational since 2012 is the only tertiary care centre in Pakistan exclusively for holistic epilepsy treatment, education, research and public awareness.
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Our landmark paper, Epilepsy treatment gap and stigma reduction in Pakistan: A tested public awareness model was published in a reputable medical journal in end Dec 2019. The paper was received with accolades from entire medical especially neurology community for its groundbreaking approach towards reduction of treatment gap in a poorly resourced country.