GUWAHATI, June 27 - The GNRC Hospitals here conducted a continuing medical education (CME) programme on paediatric epilepsy on June 25. The event was attended by over 100 specialists in neurology and paediatrics, apart from several general practitioners.
The CME was conducted by Dr Ashalatha Radhakrishnan, Additional Professor, Neurology Department, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.
Dr Ashalatha is a renowned epileptologist and has published numerous papers on the subject. She was awarded the �Young Investigator Award� during the 28th International Epilepsy Congress held at Budapest in 2009 and the �National Bioscience Award for Career Development 2011,� for outstanding contribution in the development of state-of-the-art technologies in the management of refractory epilepsy patients.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Nomal Chandra Borah, CMD GNRC, said: �Studies by National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) show that there are 50 million people living with epilepsy worldwide, and most of them reside in developing countries. About 10 million persons with epilepsy are in India. Many people with active epilepsy do not receive suitable treatment for their condition, leading to large treatment gap. Neurocysticercosis (NCC) has been a serious threat amongst children as well. NCC has been implicated in 0.4 per cent of all neurological complaints. It is important for everyone to be proactive and cure the disease before it becomes a serious threat.�