Call For Entries: International Bureau for Epilepsy and UCB launch the 2012 Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award to Recognise Exceptional Reporting on Epilepsy
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Call For Entries: International Bureau for Epilepsy and UCB launch the 2012 Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award to Recognise Exceptional Reporting on Epilepsy

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Call For Entries: International Bureau for Epilepsy and UCB launch the 2012 Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award to Recognise Exceptional Reporting on Epilepsy PR Newswire SLOUGH, England, June 12, 2012 SLOUGH, England, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the launch of the 2012 Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award that aims to raise awareness about epilepsy across the globe. The award is a joint initiative of the International Bureau for Epilepsy and biopharmaceutical company UCB and recognises journalists who have excelled in reporting on this often-misunderstood condition. Epilepsy is the most common, serious neurological condition, affecting nearly [1]50 million people worldwide. Now in its fourth year, the annual Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award recognises original and informative reporting on epilepsy, attracting a growing number of high-quality entries from around the world, with 49 entries from 24 countries received last year. "Despite advances in the understanding and treatment of epilepsy, many people living with epilepsy continue to face prejudice and ignorance. By recognising remarkable, thought-provoking and most importantly accurate journalism, we can help to increase understanding of the condition and continue the IBE's mission to improve the quality of life of all people with epilepsy and their families," commented Mike Glynn, award judge and President of IBE.

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Call For Entries: International Bureau for
Epilepsy and UCB launch the 2012 Excellence
in Epilepsy Journalism Award to Recognise
Exceptional Reporting on Epilepsy
PR Newswire
SLOUGH, England, June 12, 2012
SLOUGH, England
,
June 12, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Today marks the launch of the 2012 Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award
that aims to raise awareness about epilepsy across the globe. The award is a
joint initiative of the International Bureau for Epilepsy and biopharmaceutical
company UCB and recognises journalists who have excelled in reporting on this
often-misunderstood condition.
Epilepsy is the most common, serious neurological condition, affecting nearly
50 million people worldwide.
[1]
Now in its fourth year, the annual Excellence in
Epilepsy Journalism Award recognises original and informative reporting on
epilepsy, attracting a growing number of high-quality entries from around the
world, with 49 entries from 24 countries received last year.
"Despite advances in the understanding and treatment of epilepsy, many
people living with epilepsy continue to face prejudice and ignorance. By
recognising remarkable, thought-provoking and most importantly accurate
journalism, we can help to increase understanding of the condition and
continue the IBE's mission to improve the quality of life of all people with
epilepsy and their families," commented Mike Glynn, award judge and President
of IBE.
"At UCB we have a passion for enabling people with epilepsy to enjoy normal
everyday lives. We are committed to improving the lives of people with epilepsy
worldwide, and our support of the Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award
supports education and acceptance of the condition," said Lode Dewulf, MD,
Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, UCB.
The Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award is open to all journalists, across
four categories - print, online, broadcast TV and broadcast radio, with one
winner selected from each group. Entries can either be entered by the author
or via nomination by a third party. An independent panel of media experts and
people with experience of epilepsy will judge submitted entries against set
criteria. The panel will select winning entries that are informative, original,
responsible and support the aim of raising awareness and understanding of
epilepsy.
Entries can be about any aspect of epilepsy and must have been published or
broadcast between
30th November 2011
and 30
th
November 2012
.
2011 print winner Maj My Midtgaard Humaidan said: "I was honoured to receive
this award. My article focused on the challenges people with epilepsy and their
families face, exploring the realities of living day-to-day with this condition. I
hope to continue to increase understanding and awareness of epilepsy."
Jessica Solodar, 2010 online winner for her epilepsy.com article, Seizures
triggered by video games: Underestimated and undiagnosed, commented: "I
was pleased to be recognised for my article on photosensitive epilepsy because
the award has helped draw attention to this important issue. There is a
tremendous need for more awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and I
hope this award encourages more journalists to write about it."
Aliyah Baruchin, 2009 online and print winner said: "I was delighted to be
awarded the 2009 Excellence in Epilepsy Journalism Award. I am very glad that
my article,
'Epilepsy in the African-American Community: Access Education and
Advocacy'
- published in EpilepsyUSA - has increased awareness of the
challenges often faced by the African-American community when trying to gain
access to appropriate epilepsy care. The 2009 award allowed me to do
additional reporting and writing - including an article on epilepsy in
West Africa
-
that can help to de-stigmatise epilepsy and give a voice to those who live with
it."
Notes to editors
To find out more information or to download an entry or nomination form, please visit:
http://www.ibe-epilepsy.org
or
http://www.ucbpharma.co.uk
Certain local restrictions may apply regarding this award and the award is only
available where not prohibited or restricted by local laws and regulations.
About the IBE
Founded almost 50 years ago, the IBE is an organisation of laypersons and
professionals interested in the medical and non-medical aspects of epilepsy.
The IBE addresses such social problems as education, employment, insurance,
driving licence restrictions and public awareness, and supports its members
through a range of innovative and important initiatives aimed at improving the
quality of life of people with epilepsy and their families. http://www.ibe-
epilepsy.org
About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the
research, development and commercialization of innovative medicines with a
focus on the fields of central nervous system and immunology disorders.
Forward looking statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current plans,
estimates and beliefs of management. Such statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from
those that may be implied by such forward-looking statements contained in this
press release. Important factors that could result in such differences include:
changes in general economic, business and competitive conditions, effects of
future judicial decisions, changes in regulation, exchange rate fluctuations and
hiring and retention of its employees.
References
1.
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs999/en/
[last accessed 28th May
2012]
May 2012
UK/12MIS0053