Welcome to the European Paediatric Neurology Society

Welcome to the European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS)! A society for physicians with a research or clinical interest in Paediatric Neurology.

With more than 1,400 members, the EPNS is a thriving and growing society which continues to play an important role in and beyond Europe by promoting training, clinical care and scientific research in the field of Paediatric Neurology.
It is an honour for me to serve as the President of the EPNS for a further term (2014-2018) and it is with delight that I see the EPNS drive forward from strength to strength in attaining its aims. Our dynamic members of the EPNS Board are  dedicated to developing paediatric neurology, to give training and education to our younger colleagues at the highest level and to start new scientific and vibrant collaborations throughout Europe and beyond. Please take a moment to look at our 1st Annual EPNS report to learn about our recent achievements.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our exciting events and initiatives, and there is more to come! I would especially draw your attention the ‘Education and Training’ section to learn more about our training courses which have taken place in Hungary during 2015-2017, our recently announced dates for the training courses taking place in Alicante in 2018, the EPNS Visiting Teacher scheme and our EPNS Fellowship scheme. I extend my congratulations to Dr Filipe Palavra and Dr Ana Kosac for being awarded best presentations in Budapest this April, together with the 6 successful EPNS Fellowship candidates announced this February 2017. Our 2nd EPNS Masterclass at Cambridge University was held in September 2017 and the EPNS is delighted to announce that for the first time, an EPNS course has taken place in Astana, Kazakhstan in October 2017. The application period for the 2nd year of the EPNS Visiting Teacher is now closed, but it most likely there will be more opportunities in 2018.

Please also visit our ‘Research and Science’ section. I would like to express our delight in welcoming so many delegates to our 2nd EPNS International Symposium and 12th EPNS Congress which took place in Lyon in June 2017. We are still evaluating the feedback forms, but with an overall number of over 1,500 delegates from approx. 70 countries, clearly the meetings were a huge success and surpassed all expectations! I would like to offer my personal thanks to Vincent Des Portes, Alexis Arzimanoglou and their team, together with Jean-Pierre Lin for organising such wonderful events. The meetings presented outstanding scientific programmes and excellent networking opportunities. Our Congresses are held every 2 years, and in the alternate years we host a Research Meeting. These meetings have an established reputation for excellence and it was with pleasure we hosted the EPNS Research Meeting in Essen, Germany, in October 2016. We now start to plan our next EPNS Research Meeting which will take place in Alicante, Spain 26-27 October 2018. 

The EPNS Congress 2019 will take place in Athens and we recently announced that Glasgow, UK will host the 14th Congress of the European Paediatric Neurology Society  in 2021.

At the EPNS Congress in Lyon, the EPNS was thrilled to launch our latest exciting EPNS project; the EPNS Neurokids App and corresponding Workbook – an innovative answer to the clinical challenges in child neurology! With the basic idea of Mind Maps designed for daily professional practice, bundling the broad clinical spectrum. The App in particular is ideal for daily work and we are looking for our members to use the feedback function extensively. All fully paid up members of the EPNS are able to purchase this package via the EPNS website.

Thank you to Professor Dana Craiu for her hardwork as Chair of the Committee of National Advisors (CNA) over the last term and congratulations to the newly appointed CNA Executive Group: Chair: Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets, Secretary: Alasdair Parker and Maja Steinlin, Nina Barisic, Leena Haataja, Dilek Yalnizoglu

Our EPNS annual subscription fees offer value for money and payments for 2017 are now being taken. Fully paid up EPNS members are entitled to many benefits, including substantially discounted delegate fees at our EPNS Congress 2017 in Lyon. Also we are pleased to continue to offer our new and existing members ONE free copy of ‘Principles and practice of child neurology in infancy’ Please visit http://www.epns.info/principles-and-practice-of-child-neurology-in-infancy-text-book/ for more information.

Over the next few months we will be starting the EPNS Board Election process. All ordinary members will be eligible to participate in the election.

Of course if you are not already a member of the EPNS and you are a physician with a research or clinical interest in Paediatric Neurology, we would be delighted to welcome you to our Society. It’s easy to join – just complete our on-line application form. Any queries whatsoever, please do not hesitate to email Sue Hargreaves, our EPNS membership secretary on info@epns.info
Best regards

Professor Lieven Lagae
EPNS President

If you are not already member, please think of becoming one

 By doing so you join a rapidly growing group of like-minded active professionals in our field who are committed to improving standards of care of all children with suspected neurological problems and to collaborating on training, continuing medical education and research. Please visit this link to learn about our current offer to receive a free publication when you join and pay your subscription  http://www.epns.info/principles-and-practice-of-child-neurology-in-infancy-text-book/

EPNS Neurokids App and corresponding Workbookan innovative answer to the clinical challenges in child neurology!

The Neurokids Workbook and App NOW available as a package to all fully paid up members of the EPNS at a substantially discounted price.

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2 Job Vacancies in Switzerland

Paediatric Neurologist and Trainee Paediatric Neurology in Bern, Switzerland

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EPNS Board Elections.

Voting has closed and the election result will be announced soon.

EPNS Research Meeting 2018: Alicante 


The 6th EPNS Research Meeting 2018 will be taking place in Alicante, Spain on 26 – 27 October 2018.

More details to follow!

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Congratulations to our successful 2017 EPNS fellows – we wish you all the very best

Dr Olena Apanasenko from Kyiv Childrens’ Hospital, Ukraine

Dr Thomas Foiadelli from Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Italy w

Dr Katerina Gaberova from University Hospital “St. George”, Bulgaria

Dr Elena Maqueda from Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona

Dr Alice Dica from Al Obregia Hospital, Romania

Dr Marta Gomez Garcia de la Banda from Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain

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EPNS 2017 annual subscription fees

Members of the EPNS are invited to renew their EPNS membership by paying the EPNS annual subscription fee for 2017.

Fully paid up members of the EPNS can take advantage of many benefits, for example, 12th EPNS Congress takes place 20-24 June 2017 http://www.epns2017.com/, and EPNS members who  have paid their 2017 annual subscription fee benefit from significantly discounted member only delegate rates.


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EPNS Constitution

This Newsletter of the EPNS reproduces below the final draft of the Constitution and Bylaws of the EPNS, which will be presented to the members of the EPNS for ratification at the business meeting during the 3rd congress in Nice, 7-10 November 1999. The Executive Board and the Bylaw Committee of the EPNS look forward…

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1st EPNS Annual Report

It is with great pleasure that the EPNS Board presents the 1st EPNS Annual Report  providing a comprehensive overview of the activities of the Society during 2016. The Annual Report serves to communicate our accomplishments and on-going activities to all members of the EPNS.

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2nd EPNS Master Class, Cambridge, UK


The 2nd EPNS Cambridge Master Class Paediatric Neurology meets Functional Disorders meets Literature took place 14 – 16 September 2017: Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Once again this was a very special meeting with many highlights. Thank you to all invited speakers and participants for their valuable contributions.

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EPNS Teaching Course 2017 ‘Child Neurology in Infancy’

Interactive EPNS Teaching Course 2017 ‘Child Neurology in Infancy’

For the first time, an EPNS course was held in Astana, Kazakhstan 2017. The course had a highly interactive character and participants were encouraged to bring (difficult) cases to discuss.

Date: 18-20 October 2017

Venue: Hotel Park Inn, Astana, Kazakhstan.

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EPNS Training Course 2018: Alicante


The EPNS has been organising training courses in paediatric neurology since 2003 specifically aiming at trainees but also at qualified paediatric neurologists who want to refresh their knowledge on certain topics. The aim is to cover most main topics in the syllabus over a three-year cycle and to promote contact between individuals in the speciality in different parts of Europe. The course has a highly interactive character and participants are encouraged to bring (difficult) cases to discuss. We are excited to announce that the next cycle of training courses 2018-2020 will take place in beautiful Alicante, Spain. The first training courses will be held in Alicante: 8 – 11 May 2018

Program Director: Professor Francisco Carratala, Spain

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EPNS Visiting Teacher 2017


The Visiting Teacher 2017 has been awarded to Mrs van der Louw MSc dietician from the Netherlands to visit Georgia!

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Congratulations to Dr Filipe Palavra and Dr Ana Kosac!

Dr Filipe Palavra from Portugal awarded for the best participant presentation at the EPNS Teaching Course 2017, Budapest on: Infantile Metabolic Encephaloparhies / Neonatal Neurology

Dr Ana Kosac from Serbia awarded for the best participant presentation at the EPNS Teaching Course 2017, Budapest on:  Neuromuscular disorders

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Cures Within Reach announces Industry Patient Impact Clinical Award

for Prof Lieven Lagae

Prof Lieven Lagae, EPNS President and  Director of the Childhood Epilepsy Program at the KUL University Hospitals is the recipient of “Cures within Research” 5th Annual Global Health Repurposing Awards. Prof Lagae has been awarded the new Industry Patient Impact Clinical Award n recognition of his pioneering research and world-wide efforts to repurpose the drug fenfluramine for Dravet syndrome patients.

Research and Science

The main role of the EPNS Research and Scientific Committee is to advise on the scientific programme of the EPNS congress which is held biennially. In addition they provide guidance for symposia or sessions organised, or co-organised, by the EPNS within scientific meetings of other societies. Another important activity of the EPNS Research and Scientific Committee is the development of a European Research Conference in Paediatric Neurology, held every two years.

Education & Training

Courses and bursaries are funded from the EPNS fees paid and any surplus from the EPNS biennial Congress.


EPNS informing you about Meetings, Courses, Congress and events.


Join a rapidly growing group of like-minded active professionals in our field who are committed to improving standards of care of all children with suspected neurological problems and to collaborating on training.


Committee of National Advisers (CNA) & Training Advisory Board (TAB)

Research and Science

The Scientific Committee also organises workshops, usually attached to congresses, aimed at the development of guidelines for diagnosis and/or treatment trials in specific pathologies.

Job Vacancies

Service provided by the EPNS to share information about job positions with interested pediatric neurologists.

Education & Training

The EPNS has a programme of training courses to offer fellows and (young) paediatric neurologists the opportunity to learn paediatric neurology at a level prescribed by the Syllabus of the EPNS, to meet experts in the field and to exchange knowledge and personal experience. These are two-day courses at a location that can be easily reached at a relatively low cost. There will be a written examination at the end of the course. Because of the interactive character of the course, there is an upper limit of around 75 participants.

EPNS Training Course 2016; Epilepsy and other paroxysmal disordersEPNS Training Programme

Courses and bursaries are funded from the EPNS fees, any surplus from the EPNS biennial Congress and by sponsors.

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EPNS Fellowship

The EPNS is delighted to offer the opportunity for fully paid up EPNS members to apply for an EPNS Fellowship. The EPNS Fellowship committee (pictured) comprises of 5 representatives from the EPNS Board.

EPNS Fellowship News

EPNS Training Courses

EPNS has been organising training courses in paediatric neurology specifically aiming at trainees but also at paediatric neurologists.

Training Courses 2016