Those who had the pleasure of attending the 30th International Epilepsy Congress no doubt had the pleasure of enjoying the host city. The Congress served to showcase Montreal, Canada. It was the first time that an Epilepsy Conference had the pleasure of being in a North American city in 30 years.
There were many benefits to Montreal, Quebec, for those that got out of the venue and explored the city a bit. It is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, aside from Paris. Most of the citizens are bilingual, speaking both French and English. Montreal is a melting pot of people from all parts of the world.
Montreal is known for its food. It is the city that has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada. In fact, it even rivals the U.S. and comes in second in North America behind New York. The main cuisine is cosmopolitan, as to be expected, but usually, food has a French touch. And since the French are renowned for their food, Montreal brings together the best of everything perfected by the masters in cooking.
Famous Park Founder
People who visited may have wondered how the city got its name. It was built around the park, Mont Royal. This park on the mountain was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same person who designed New York City’s Central Park. While Central Park is more famous than Mont Royal, it is certainly worth checking out a park designed by Olmsted.
The Underground City
One of the major attractions of Montreal has to be the underground city. It is a series of tunnels that run for over 32 kilometers. These tunnels connect everything from shopping malls to metro stations and banks. It is strange though that the tunnels are most used in the summer to escape the heat. In a city where winter tires are a mandatory requirement for drivers, this is quite fascinating.
It may not have Disney Land, but Montreal still has a sizable amusement park that is the second largest in all of Canada. La Ronde has ten roller coasters and attracts 3 million visitors per year. This was probably a great attraction for the young at heart from the Congress who were looking to blow off some steam after days of long studying.
Also, what would a trip to Quebec be without maple syrup? This province provides more than 85% of the world’s maple syrup. So without Quebec’s exports, the world might be devoid of this delicious, pure liquid. It gives a unique flavor to breakfast foods but also to other delicacies such as yogurt and cookies. Hopefully, patrons of the Congress at least had a chance to try some signature treats like maple syrup cookies.
Montreal, a Unique City
Montreal, Canada gave a unique flair to the 30th International Epilepsy Congress. The city has fantastic food, signature treats, attractions, and even tunnels to beat any adverse weather. With a venue like that, people were sure to have enjoyed venturing beyond the congress venue.
The 30th International Epilepsy Congress was in Montreal, Canada. It was a joint effort between two organizations, the IBE (International Bureau of Epilepsy) and the ILAE (International League Against Epilepsy), to garner more knowledge about the field. The congress was in 2013 from June 23 to 27.
When Are The Congresses Held?
These congresses are every two years. This meeting was particularly special because it was the first congress held in North America in thirty years. Also, the administrators chose Canada to host the venue which was unique because the United States is often a prime location for medical gatherings.
What was Discussed?
Each convention focuses on a plethora of ideas. The main topics in this congress were epilepsy surgery, stigma, the epileptic focus, withdrawal of AEDs, classification and focal cortical dysplasias. During this meeting, the organizers tried out a “Meet the Expert” feature. This allowed participants to talk more in depth with pioneers in the field, and even have debates with them. Speak with the experts is now a regular addition for future congresses.
There are various types of participants in these congresses. There are of course delegates from IBE and ILAE. The representatives are invited and usually play an active role in the events of the congress. These participants are given a discounted fee to the congress because they are members of one of these two groups.
There are also medical professionals that want to attend the congress. These professionals are more than welcome to the congress. The professionals pay a fee and attend many of the session.
There is also a discount for attendants who are under 40. This encourages new talent to join in these symposiums. It is a great way for younger professionals to continue to gain the latest knowledge in their field. These neurologists and other doctors can then go back to their practices with advanced information regarding how to treat their patients with epilepsy. They can also train other practitioners in the hospital with new techniques that they learned. Often these participants are advocates for new technology that hospitals can acquire to diagnose and treat patients with epilepsy.
Sometimes non-medical caregivers for those with epilepsy like to attend the congress. There is a place for these carers as well in the congress. They gain access to panels and information that is relevant to their level of expertise.
Are all the Members Doctors?
The members of ILAE are not all neurologists. Some are also professionals that help with writing the medical journal “Epilepsia.” Writers disseminate knowledge through this journal to the academic community, epilepsy caretakers and practitioners across the globe. Because this is an international organization, many of these members are also translators that work tirelessly to make sure that the distribution can have a truly global audience.
These congresses represent people from across the world. They all come together for the common purpose of helping to fight against epilepsy in the population.