Over the past twenty years, medical, scientific, and allied health professionals as well as non-profit organizations representing the major continents on Earth have regularly convened on an annual or biennial basis to promote knowledge and awareness about the Ketogenic Diet and its variants for epilepsy and other neurological conditions (such as brain cancer, autism, and cognitive disorders – among others). These conferences have been held in diverse locations, including London/Gatwick, Liverpool and Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Seattle (Washington, USA), Pavia (Italy), Phoenix (Arizona, USA), Chicago (Illinois, USA), Banff (Alberta, Canada), and Jeju (South Korea). Furthermore, attendance at each meeting has steadily grown from a mere dozen to well over 700 individuals.
More recently, global leaders have worked diligently to create a new society devoted to the advancement of the broad spectrum of metabolism-based therapies for neurological disorders – from clinical, educational, research, training, community outreach and advocacy perspectives. This professional organization has been named the International Neurological Ketogenic Society or INKS. INKS will be formally launched during the upcoming October 2021 Brighton (United Kingdom) symposium, and this will coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the Ketogenic Diet. Brighton is the vibrant and colourful seaside community on the south coast of Britain that holds numerous cultural, historical and family-friendly attractions, with remarkable parks and gardens for all to enjoy (www.visitbrighton.com).
On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Program Committees for the 2021 Brighton symposium which will be held October 19th-22nd (www.globalketo.com), we encourage you to register and attend virtually or in person. The program promises to afford the latest clinical and scientific research, and practical information about medical metabolic therapies. Further, this symposium will offer a memorable centennial celebration of the Ketogenic Diet. We look forward to networking with you this Autumn.
J. Helen Cross, MD, PhD
Chair, Organizing and Scientific Program Committees
Jong M. Rho, MD
Chair, International Neurological Ketogenic Society Executive Committee