The ILAE Commission on European Affairs thanks all those who submitted nominations for the European Awards 2018. The nominees were of a very high calibre and much deliberation went into selecting the recipients.

The awards will be presented during the Welcome Ceremony of the 13th ECE on Sunday 26th August.

The ILAE-CEA is pleased to announce the recipients of the European Awards 2018.


European Epileptology Award

The award is presented to a European epileptologist in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to European epileptology.

Any European individual who has made a substantial lifetime contribution in any aspect of epileptology is eligible for nomination. The major part of the candidate’s work should have taken place in Europe.

Emilio Perucca (Italy)

Emilio Perucca is Professor at the University of Pavia and Director of the Clinical Trial Center of the C. Mondino National Neurological Institute in Pavia. He obtained a Specialization in Neurology at the University of Pavia and a Ph.D. Diploma at the University of London. He trained as a neurologist and clinical pharmacologist at the National Hospital  for Nervous Diseases, London. In 1997 he received the ILAE-IBE Ambassador for Epilepsy award. He is currently  the immediate Past-President of  ILAE. Over the past decades, he has contributed to several advocacy initiatives to improve epilepsy services and funding for epilepsy research in Europe and beyond. His own research activities have focused on the clinical pharmacology of AEDs, the drug treatment of seizure disorders, and clinical trial methodology in epilepsy.  He co-edited  several international textbooks and authored over 450 Pubmed-listed  publications, with an H-index of 75 and a citation index >20,000.


Young Investigator Awards

These awards are given in recognition of outstanding contributions to epilepsy research and in order to stimulate a promising research career in epileptology.

Eligible candidates are researchers in Europe under the age of 45 who have made a substantial scientific contribution and with a documented, exceptionally promising career in epilepsy research.

Birgit Frauscher (Austria/Canada)

Birgit Frauscher is an Austrian neurologist specialized in Epilepsy and Sleep Medicine. She did her medical training, residency and subspecialisation at Innsbruck Medical University. She obtained her board certification in neurology in 2008 and has diplomas in EEG, EMG/NCV, and sleep. From 2013 – 2015, she was awarded a two-year Schroedinger fellowship to spend a visiting professorship with Jean Gotman and Francois Dubeau at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University to specialize on intracranial EEG. Since July 2017, she is an attending epileptologist and associate professor of neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University. Her clinical interest is in i) the management of people with therapy-refractory epilepsy, ii) the interpretation of EEG including EMU, intracranial EEG, and polysomnography, and iii) the differential diagnosis between sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy and parasomnias. Her research interest is in i) the development of novel seizure-independent EEG markers for the epileptogenic zone in order to achieve a more accurate diagnosis of epilepsy, ii) the investigation of the important interactions between sleep and epilepsy, and iii) the use of the unique possibility of invasive intracranial EEG for studying brain physiology during wakefulness and sleep in order to better delineate normal from abnormal intracranial EEG activity. She is the author of more than 125 peer-reviewed papers in the field of epilepsy and sleep. In 2015, she was awarded the Ernst-Niedermeyer Prize of the Austrian Epilepsy Society for her contribution to epilepsy research.

Sylvain Rheims (France)

Sylvain Rheims started his neurology residency in Lyon in 2003 where he immediately devoted his career to epilepsy. Early in his residency, he spent three full years and obtained his PhD in Neurosciences at Mediterranean Institute for Neurobiology in Marseille thanks to a prestigious INSERM grant. He then came back to clinic to finish his residency and perform an epilepsy fellowship. At 36, he was appointed head of Department of Functional Neurology and Epilepsy in Lyon, one of the most active epilepsy surgery centers in Europe, and co-chair of an INSERM/CNRS laboratory specialized in translational research in epilepsy (TIGER, CRNL, INSERM U1025, CNRS 5292). He was also appointed as full professor of Neurology at University Claude Bernard Lyon-1 in September 2017. He coordinates in Lyon the French National Reference Center for Rare Epilepsies and is deeply involved in the European Reference Network for rare and complex epilepsies (EPICARE), especially in the field of epilepsy surgery and clinical trials. Pr Rheims has published 71 pubmed referenced papers, including 42 as first or last authors. His clinical research skills cover the field of clinical epilepsy, including SUDEP, epilepsy surgery and clinical trials, and also biostatistics (including meta-analysis), and experimental epilepsy. His main research topics are evaluation of efficacy and safety of new antiepileptic treatments and development of innovative therapeutic strategies for epilepsy comorbidities, especially in the field of SUDEP, which has progressively become his main research axis.


European Epilepsy Education Award

The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to European epilepsy education.

Eligible candidates are individuals in Europe who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of epilepsy education on a European level.

Kristina Malmgren (Sweden)

Kristina Malmgren is professor in neurology and head of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Gothenburg University. She leads the comprehensive epilepsy team including the adult epilepsy surgery program at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Her research interests are in clinical epileptology and epilepsy surgery, especially comprehensive long-term epilepsy surgery outcomes and she has published more than 100 original papers.

Kristina Malmgren has been active in education both at national and international level for decades. She has been teaching epileptology at undergraduate and graduate level, as well as to registrars in neurology, patients, health care personnel and the general public. She developed the first Swedish university course in epileptology for nurses. She has written a number of educational book chapters both for colleagues and for patients.

Kristina Malmgren has for many years participated in ILAE’s teaching courses: as faculty member in one San Servolo course, in a number of Eilat educational courses and Baltic summer school courses. She has been on the faculty of the EPODES epilepsy surgery courses since 2008 and has chaired the program committee since 2012 during which time EPODES has developed into an international course cycle on epilepsy surgery with basic and advanced courses.


European Epilepsy Service Award

The award is given in recognition of outstanding service contributions to European epileptology.

Eligible candidates are individuals in Europe of any profession who have made outstanding service contributions to European epileptology.

Finola Quinn (Ireland)

Finola Quinn has been a member of the ILAE-IBE Congress Secretariat for more than 16 years and has successfully coordinated the ILAE-IBE’s epilepsy congresses around the world, furthering the care of people with epilepsy in Europe and across the globe. She has contributed to the ILAE-CEA’s efforts to bring education to different European countries and to where it is needed most and working to eradicate stigma. Finola Quinn is experienced in managing epilepsy projects, including conducting promotional activities in order to spread the knowledge of epilepsy around Europe. She greatly values the platform of knowledge exchange and education provided by the ILAE and the IBE. She is dedicated to seeing the ILAE-IBE and their educational activities thrive and continue to expand their reach, utilising the unrivalled expertise within the organisations and their collaborative nature to support the growth of meetings and education. She manages the scientific programmes in close collaboration with the chairs of congresses, building networks around Europe and the world. In recent years, Finola Quinn has also been involved in the coordination of VIREPA courses (ILAE’s Virtual Epilepsy Academy) having specific skills in the management of all key activities, giving her contribution for the success of VIREPA courses.