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A brief profile of Dr. Satish Jain

Director, Indian Epilepsy Centre, New Delhi

Years of professional experience:
He started the Indian Epilepsy Centre after 21 years of distinguished service at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He was Professor of Neurology and In-charge of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Programme at the Neurosciences Center, AIIMS, New Delhi.

Number of epilepsy patients treated:
Dr Satish Jain has treated more than 10,000 patients with epilepsy while at the AIIMS, New Delhi and has examined more than 4,000 epilepsy patients in the Indian Epilepsy Centre.

Experience Abroad:
William G Lennox International Epilepsy Fellowship at the Duke Center for the Advanced Study of Epilepsy, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA from 1993-1994.

Educational Qualification including Higher Education & Fellowships:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow, UK
  • Epilepsy Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
  • DM (Neurology): All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • MD (Medicine): Medical College, Rohtak, India
  • MBBS: Medical College, Rohtak, India

Membership of Professional Societies

  1. Neurological Society of India ( NSI )
  2. EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology subsection of the NSI
  3. Indian Epilepsy Association ( IEA )
  4. Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN)
  5. Heredo-Ataxia Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology ( WFN )
  6. National Academy of Medical Sciences ( India )
  7. Geriatric Society of India
  8. Indian Academy of Clinical Medicine
  9. Indian Epilepsy Society
  10. SAC of the National Brain Research Centre
  11. Review Committee for Grants of the Dept of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
  12. Member, ILAE Commission on Search for Epilepsy Genes
  13. Member, ILAE Commisssion for Asian & Oceanian Affairs (CAOA)

On The Editorial Board of

  1. Neurology India
  2. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics
  3. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
  4. Epilepsia

Awards & Recognition: National & International


Dr Satish Jain receiving the International Ambassador of Epilepsy Award at the 24th IEC,
Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 13, 2001.

1991 Elected Member Of The National Academy Of Medical Sciences, India
1993-94   Awarded The William G Lennox International Clinical Research Fellowship Of The Epilepsy Foundation Of America
1993-94   Fulbright Scholar Of The Council Of International Exchange Of Scholars, USA
1995   Visiting Professor, Center For The Advanced Study Of Epilepsy, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
1998   Doctor Of The Year Award For Noble Service To The Society
1998   Elected Founder Fellow Of The Geriatric Society Of India
1998   Elected Member Of New York Academy Of Medical Sciences
1999   K. Gopalakrishna Endowment Lecturer, Vhs Medical Centre, Adyar & Visiting Professor, T.S. Srinivasan, Department Of Clinical Neurology & Research, Public Health Centre, Chennai
1999   Nominated To The Scientific Advisory Committee Of The National Brain Research Centre (India)
1999   Nominated For Inclusion Into Who's Who In Medicine And Healthcare - 2000
1999   Nominated To The Commission On Search For Epilepsy Genes Of The International League Against Epilepsy
2000   Nominated To The Sub-Commission On Anti-Epileptic Drug Guidelines Of The International League Against Epilepsy
2000   Young Scientist Millennium Award - 2000 For Biological Sciences Of The National Academy Of Sciences, India (NASI)
2001   International Ambassador Of Epilepsy Award Of The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) And The International Bureau For Epilepsy (IBE)
2001   Nominated To The Commission On Asian & Oceanian Affairs Of The International League Against Epilepsy
2002   Elected As Secretary General Of The Indian Epilepsy Society
2003   Social Service Eminence Award (Samaj Seva Pratibha Samman) Of The Vardhman Sahyog Samiti For Outstanding Contribution Towards Social Service Through Medical Care
2004   Nominated Member Of The Task Force On Human Genetics & Genome Anbalysis, Departmebt Of Biotechnology, Govt. Of India
2004   Nominated Member Of The Expert Group On Pharmacogenomics, Department Of Biotechnology, Govt. Of India
2004   Nominated Member Of The Task Force On Stem Cell Biology, Departmebt Of Biotechnology, Govt. Of India
2004   Social Service Award For Relentless And Remarkable Contribution In Social Welfare Activities Of The Lions Club Delhi East
2005   Elected To The Commission On Asian & Oceanian Affairs Of The International League Against Epilepsy
2006   Elected Fellow Of The Royal College Of Physicians, Glasgow (UK)
2006   Samman By The Jain Mahasabha, Delhi For Valuable Contributions To The Society Towards Care Of Patients With Epilepsy And Their Care Givers
2006   Elected To The Genetics Commission Of The International League Against Epilepsy
2006   Elected as Secretary General of the Indian Epilepsy Society
2010   Delivered the Dr AD Sehgal Oration of the Indian Epilepsy Society
2010   Elected as President of the Indian Epilepsy Society
2011   Delivered the Presidential Oration of the Indian Epilepsy Society
2012   Delivered the Shobha Arjun Das Oration of the Indian Epilepsy Society
2013   President-Elect of the Indian Epilepsy Association
2014    Nominated to the Organizational Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy
2015   Elected President of the Indian Epilepsy Association

Myths & Facts

Myth
Epilepsy is due to the effect of "evil spirits" or "supernatural powers". It is also a form of "madness". So, epilepsy should be treated by faith-healers, sorcerers (witch-craft) or in a
lunatic asylum.

Fact
Epilepsy is a disease of the brain. Hence, epilepsy should be treated by neurologists, epileptologists, physicians and paediatricians.


Myth
One should never touch a patient having a seizure in order to avoid the disease being passed on to you.

Fact
If a patient is having a seizure, he/she needs your help and care. Epilepsy cannot be passed on to others by touching the patient.


Myth
An epileptic seizure can be terminated by putting a key in the patient's hand or by making a patient smell onions or a dirty shoe.

Fact
None of these non-medical measures are of any use. Family members and teachers should be made aware of first-aid measures required during a seizure.


Myth
Children with epilepsy are dull and cannot learn. They should not be sent to school.

Fact
Children with epilepsy can be extremely intelligent. It is usually ignorance about various aspects of epilepsy that prevents parents from sending their children to school. Many times the teachers also have misconceptions and do not encourage children with epilepsy to attend school.


Myth
Treatment for epilepsy with modern medicines is ineffective and expensive.

Fact
"Seizures" or "fits" that occur in epilepsy can be completely controlled by using a single, inexpensive medicine in 60-70% patients. Another 15-20% patients can be helped by the use of new, but slightly expensive drugs. A few cases can be successfully treated with surgery. Epilepsy can even be cured in some cases.
The Brain

No Seizures & No Fits