Dr. Juhn A. Wada (Professor Emeritus), internationally known epileptologist and creator of the Wada test (the gold standard for determining cerebral dominance) was recently honored at the 40th annual meeting of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy in Vancouver October 14, 2017. Dr. Wada conceptualized the need for a national epilepsy society in 1973. He wanted the ILAE Congress to have their meeting in Vancouver but was told a national professional epilepsy society was needed to host the event.
In 1975 at the Canadian Neurological Congress in London, Dr. Wada discussed the needs with colleagues including local neurologists Dr. Norman Auckland and Dr. Henry Dunn as well as Dr. Frederick Andermann, Dr. Warren Blume, Dr. Keith Meloff and Dr. Allan Sherwin. They would become the founding members. In 1977, Vancouver held the International Symposium with over 1200 attendees. From the media coverage highlighting the research frontier of epilepsy and the problem of epilepsy as an important public health issue, the launch of the first dedicated Seizure Investigation Unit at UBC hospital occurred in 1979.
The CLAE has evolved to include collaboration with other epilepsy organizations, sponsored half- education courses at the Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences, research awards for students, fellows and allied health personnel, as well as international involvement and representation with other countries and commissions.
Dr. Wada thanked everyone for their hard work and asked them to continue on and to be proud of their own work and the CLAE.