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. The EPNS 2018 Fellowship application period if now open! 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. The 2018 annual subscription fee details will be announced the end of November 2017 / beginning of December 2017. 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.

The election process is now complete, and the 21 EPNS Board member 2018-2022 candidates who received the highest number of votes in the recent election and will therefore will be joining the EPNS board. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all the successful candidates. My commiserations to those who stood as candidates but received a smaller number of votes. Their participation is much appreciated and I hope that opportunities arise for the EPNS Board to invite a number of EPNS members to be co-opted to the EPNS Board, especially so that we can ensure that, as far as possible, the whole of Europe is represented on the Board. The new EPNS Board will be meeting in Leuven this January, together with the existing board. At this meeting we will discuss the options available for co-opting more members onto the Board.

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.

 This initiative will become a core instrument in the educational programme of the EPNS. The coordinating editor, Professor Florian Heinen, has to be congratulated for pursuing this idea and taking this major step forward.  We are looking forward to involving all our members in further developing this App based on everyday use of the App and on immediate feedback of our members.

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EPNS Board Elections.

21 EPNS Board member 2018-2022 candidates received the highest number of votes in the recent election and will therefore will be joining the EPNS board. Website to be updated soon.

EPNS Research Meeting 2018: Alicante 

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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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EPNS Fellowship 2018: application period now open!

Purpose of the Fellowship: To create excellence by offering the opportunity for further qualification or experience in an area of paediatric neurology in terms of clinical practice or research. Candidates must currently practice in Europe; this is taken as the region for which the European Office of WHO is responsible http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries The fellowship must take place in one of these European Countries.

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EPNS annual subscription fees

Members of the EPNS are invited to renew their EPNS membership by paying the EPNS annual subscription fee for 2017. Details about the 2018 annual subscription fee will be announced end of November 2017 / beginning of December 2018. Fully paid up members of the EPNS can take advantage of many benefits.

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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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EPNS Visiting Teacher 2017

EPNS Visiting Teacher 2017 was awarded to Mrs van der Louw MSc dietician, the Netherlands to visit Georgia! We are delighted to share the report after the visit from Tbilisi State Medical University

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EPNS Training Course 2018: Alicante

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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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2nd EPNS Master Class, Cambridge, UK

A WONDERFUL MEETING!

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’ a great success!

Interactive EPNS Teaching Course 2017 ‘Child Neurology in Infancy’ 

18-20 October 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan.

Thanks to Dr Altynshash Jaxybayeva & the local team for organising such a successful event!

80 Participants from 5 countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Kazakhstan)

10 Speakers from 4 countries (UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Kazakhstan)

Thanks to all involved!

Sincere congratulations to the following who were awarded the best clinical presentation prizes:

Dr Adel Abdelelah Kareem (Iraq) – case about tyrosine hydroxylase deficiency syndrome.

 

Dr. Bakhytkul Myrzaliyeva (Kazakhstan)– case about White matter vanishing leukodystrophy

 

 

Dr. Ismatulla Rizametov (Kazakhstan)- case about FCD. 

 

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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.

Meetings

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

Membership

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.

CNA & TAB

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