Brilliant Brighton: Report of the 7th Global Symposium on Medical Ketogenic Diet Therapies
This year, around 700 in-person and virtual participants gathered in Brighton, UK for the 7th Global Symposium on Medical Ketogenic Diet Therapies October 19-22. After a year of postponement due to COVID-19, the event was worth the wait. Below is a recap of the highlights of the symposium.
Highlights of the Symposium
While there have been a variety of sessions covering all topics related to the ketogenic diet for epilepsy, the focus this year has been on using a ketogenic diet for adults with epilepsy. Some important topics discussed included: issues with provider availability and patient adherence; effects of diet on quality of life, and not just on frequency of seizures; influence on the intestinal microbiome; benefits for rare epilepsies like GLUT1 deficiency syndrome; and how important a keto diet can be as a treatment for drug-resistant status epilepticus.
In addition, there was also a discussion about the benefits of using keto diet therapy for conditions other than epilepsy such as cancer, dementia, and diabetes. While a keto diet for these conditions may seem different from a diet for people with epilepsy, funding and research for the keto diet is still important to consider.
Another highlight of the symposium was the celebration of the centenary of the ketogenic diet for epilepsy. The three introductory lectures covered the past, present and future of Ketogenic Diet Therapy led by Dr Kossoff, Dr Helen Cross and Dr Jong Rho respectively. An important theme was that mentoring, collaboration and research will help the plan continue to be popular in the future.
This symposium was also the official launch of INKS, the International Society for Neurological Ketogenic (INKS). This new company will help coordinate the biannual meetings, but will also work to guide research, training, education, and clinical use of the ketogenic diet for the future.
Other highlights of the symposium:
- The poster sessions were primarily virtual and focused on quality of life and the provision of ketogenic diet services during the pandemic.
- The showroom 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 17-21, 2023. Find out more information about the next meeting.