Brilliant Brighton: Report of the 7th World Symposium on Ketogenic Medical Dietary Therapies
This year, approximately 700 face-to-face and virtual attendees gathered in Brighton, UK, for the 7th World Symposium on Ketogenic Medical Dietary Therapies from October 19-22. After a year of postponement due to COVID-19, the event was well worth the wait. The following is a summary of the highlights of the symposium.
Key aspects of the symposium
Although there were several sessions that dealt with all the issues related to the ketogenic diet for epilepsy, the emphasis this year was on the use of a ketogenic diet for adults with epilepsy. Some important topics covered include: issues related to provider availability and patient compliance; effects of diet therapy on quality of life, not just seizure frequency; influence on the intestinal microbiome; benefits for rare epilepsy com GLUT1 deficiency syndrome; and how important a keto diet can be as a drug-resistant treatment epileptic state.
In addition, there was also a discussion focused on the benefits of using the diet ketotherapy for conditions other than epilepsy, such as cancer, dementia, and diabetes. Although a ketogenic diet for these conditions may seem different from that of people with epilepsy, funding and research for the ketological diet are still important to consider.
Another highlight of the symposium was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ketogenic diet for epilepsy. The three introductory lectures dealt with the past, present, and future of ketogenic diet therapy led by Dr. Kossoff, Dr. Helen Cross and Dr. Jong Rho respectively. An important topic was that mentoring, collaboration, and research will help keep the diet popular in the future.
This symposium was also the official launch of INKS, the International Society of Neurological Ketogenics (INKS). This new society will help coordinate biannual meetings, but will also work to guide research, training, education and clinical use of the ketogenic diet for the future.
More highlights of the symposium:
- The poster sessions were mostly virtual and focused on quality of life and the provision of ketogenic diet services during the pandemic.
- The exhibition hall continued to be a highlight of the meeting, which included cooking demonstrations with new formulas and tastings.
- Ketogenic breads and pastas were also available.
The next meeting will be held in San Diego from September 17 to 21, 2023. Find out more about the next meeting.