WCNR 2018: Dr Sanjeev Thomas shares key points related to epilepsy

The WFNR has a longstanding tradition of conducting scientific meetings of the highest quality with internationally renowned experts from the fields of both basic and clinical neurosciences and neurorehabilitation.  In an interview with Dr Sanjeev Thomas, President, Indian Academy of Neurology, Professor of Neurology, Head of RMN Centre for Epilepsy and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum, he highlighted some important points to be looked into

Sanjeev-Thomas

  • Advances in basic neurosciences and clinical practice are changing the lives of many patients and helping them to reintegrate into society.
  • At WCNR 2018, the interdisciplinary symposia represented the T.E.A.M spirit of ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ to bring out the best practices in neurorehabilitation.
  • One of the experts, spoke to My Medical Mantra about the importance and need for epilepsy measurements and quality of life.

“I have given a talk on rehabilitation and disability and people with epilepsy. People with epilepsy get seizures once in a while, but are perfectly fine otherwise. However when it comes to these patients, there is a lot of stigma attached to it,” said Dr Sanjeev Thomas, President, Indian Academy of Neurology, Professor of Neurology, Head of RMN Centre for Epilepsy and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum.

Dr Sanjeev Thomas
Dr Sanjeev Thomas

One of the points raised is about the need for quantification of people with epilepsy and so on. “At the moment we don’t have the data for the quantification of the disability in the country. There is no generic data to be used to measure the condition. We, at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST)  have tested this in 300 patients with epilepsy which, at par with World Health organizations (WHO)’s measurements and found a solid correlation between different fields like quality of life, well-being index etc. So it proves that the method is very accurate,” Dr Thomas.