Progress report on new antiepileptic drugs: a summary of the Eigth Eilat Conference (EILAT VIII)

Epilepsy Res. 2007 Jan;73(1):1-52. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2006.10.008. Epub 2006 Dec 8.


The Eigth Eilat Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs)-EILAT VII, took place in Sitges, Barcelona from the 10th to 14th September, 2006. Basic scientists, clinical pharmacologists and neurologists from 24 countries attended the conference, whose main themes included a focus on status epilepticus (epidemiology, current and future treatments), evidence-based treatment guidelines and the potential of neurostimulation in refractory epilepsy. Consistent with previous formats of this conference, the central part of the conference was devoted to a review of AEDs in development, as well as updates on marketed AEDs introduced since 1989. This article summarizes the information presented on drugs in development, including brivaracetam, eslicarbazepine acetate (BIA-2-093), fluorofelbamate, ganaxolone, huperzine, lacosamide, retigabine, rufinamide, seletracetam, stiripentol, talampanel, valrocemide, JZP-4, NS1209, PID and RWJ-333369. Updates on felbamate, gabapentin, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, oxcarbazepine and new extended release oxcarbazepine formulations, pregabalin, tiagabine, topiramate, vigabatrin, zonisamide and new extended release valproic acid formulations, and the antiepileptic vagal stimulator device are also presented.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / pharmacology*
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Drugs, Investigational / pharmacology*
  • Drugs, Investigational / therapeutic use
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy*
  • Humans


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Drugs, Investigational