Georgia 2023: Sofia Kasradze | Professor in Neurology, Caucasus International University

Delegate: Sofia Kasradze

Affiliation: Professor in Neurology, Caucasus International University

Short Bio: Sofia Kasradze, MD PhD
Professor in neurology at the Caucasus International University (CIU, Tbilisi, Georgia),
Director of the Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology (INN, Tbilisi, Georgia),
President of the Georgian Chapter of International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE),
President of the Georgian Sleep research and Sleep Medicine Society (GSSS)
Head of the National State Program on epilepsy in Georgia.

Graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University and has begun the work in the Epilepsy Centre at the P. Sarajshvili Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (Tbilisi, Georgia). Her Ph.D. Diploma defended at the Academy of Sciences of Georgia was on women and epilepsy.
In 2005 she founded “Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology” together with co-founders and created the project on “Prevention and early diagnosis of epilepsy”. On the basis of this project the Georgian Government developed first longstanding State Program on Epilepsy for primary and secondary health care levels. In 2007 founded Georgian Sleep research and Sleep Medicine society.
Under her guidance was created electronic version of “National Epilepsy Registry”, implemented bio-psycho-social approach for the treatment of epilepsy in Georgia (there are included neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists), developed the National Guidelines and Protocols on Prevention, Diagnosis, Management and Care of Epilepsy; developed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) and implemented an epilepsy surgery in Georgia.
NGOs which were founded by her direct participation they are currently the regional chapters of the ILAE (International League Against Epilepsy), EURAP (International Registry of Antiseizure medications and Pregnancy), WASM (Georgian Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Society).
Currently she is the head of Task Force of the Georgian Commission on Guidelines and protocols on epilepsy and official expert on adults’ epileptology of MoH of Georgia

Special Interests:
Epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology: Drug resistant epilepsy (DRE), Video-telemetry and pre-surgical evaluation of DRE, epilepsy surgery; epilepsy epidemiology; women’s issue, epilepsy co-morbidity (psychiatric, developmental disorders, sleep disorders)
Other chronic neurological conditions: Sleep disorders, movement disorders and developmental disorders.
Medical Management: preventive, diagnosis, treatment and care services for persons with neurological conditions and sleep disorders.
IT technologies in medicine: Implementation and development of the new IT technologies.
Mathematics and Physics in Medicine
Education: in epileptology (for continuing medical education); clinical neurophysiology/electroencephalography.

Activity: On March 17-18, 2023, by the Georgian Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Society (GSSS) to „World Sleep Day, 2023” several events were prepared and implemented in Tbilisi, Georgia
1. The information leaflet “Sleep is necessary for health” was prepared and published. The leaflet included information on sleep disorders and their adequate management, which served to raise public awareness of sleep problems;
2. Published leaflets were disseminated between the different strata of society by the students of Caucasus International University, Tbilisi, Georgia (CIU). They were distributed among students and professors of different Universities of Tbilisi, as well as to passers-by in crowded places of the city.
3. A conference on Sleep medicine was prepared by the GSSS, that was held in “Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel” (Tbilisi, City Centre), in 17 March. There were invited representatives of the field of medicine from various sectors of health care system. Participants made presentations on the history and development of sleep medicine, on sleep disorders (insomnia) and sleep disorders associated with neurological diseases (epilepsy and sleep, sleep and neurodevelopmental disorders);
4. GSSS in collaboration with one of the main TV in Georgia (State television -Channel 1) prepared a 20-minute TV program on the importance of sleep, sleep hygiene and management of sleep disorders, which was covered in the morning program of March 18 (10:00 am), 2023.
The students of the faculty of medicine of CIU and the Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology, (Tbilisi, Georgia, and Georgian Chapter of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) provided significant assistance and support to the GSSS in the preparation and implementation of the mentioned activities.
Please see the Poster on Photo-Gallery of the events.

Location: Tbilisi

Date of Activity: 17-18 March, 2023

Submitted by: Sofia Kasradze