Lafora disease (LD) is both a fatal childhood epilepsy and a glycogen storage disease caused by recessive mutations in either the Epilepsy progressive myoclonus 2A (EPM2A) or EPM2B genes. Hallmarks of LD are aberrant, cytoplasmic carbohydrate aggregates called Lafora bodies (LBs) that are a disease driver. The 5th International Lafora Epilepsy Workshop was recently held in Alcala de Henares, Spain. The workshop brought together nearly 100 clinicians, academic and industry scientists, trainees, National Institutes of Health (NIH) representation, and friends and family members of patients with LD. The workshop covered aspects of LD ranging from defining basic scientific mechanisms to elucidating a LD therapy or cure and a recently launched LD natural history study.

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Keywords Glycogen, Glycogen storage disease, Lafora disease, Neurodegeneration, Progressive myoclonus epilepsy
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Journal Epilepsy and Behavior
Gentry, M.S. (Matthew S.), Afawi, Z. (Zaid), Armstrong, D.D. (Dustin D.), Delgado-Escueta, A. (Antonio), Goldberg, Y.P. (Y. Paul), Grossman, T.R. (Tamar R.), … Serratosa, J.M. (2020). The 5th International Lafora Epilepsy Workshop: Basic science elucidating therapeutic options and preparing for therapies in the clinic. In Epilepsy and Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.106839