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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 1,300 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.

The outgoing board together with the new EPNS Board for 2018-2022 met in Leuven, Belgium, in January 2018 for a constructive meeting reflecting on past achievements, handing over ongoing projects and planning for new initiatives for the future. During this meeting I was thrilled to be elected as the new EPNS President.

It is a special honour and a privilege to begin my term as President of the EPNS. Our outgoing President, Lieven Lagae, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us— for guiding the society so ably. He has been a great role model, and his shoes will be impossible to fill. Luckily, for all of us, Lieven will continue to serve as a member of the EPNS Board and I am especially grateful that I will be able to rely on his wise counsel during my term.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express heartfelt thanks to Peter Baxter, Isabelle Desguerre, Katalin Hollody, Alla Nechay, Raili Riikonen and Biayna Sukhudyan as they leave the EPNS Board. Their commitment and contribution has played a big role in making the EPNS what it is today.  On behalf of the EPNS I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.

Please see the website section to the right for details of all the EPNS Board senior appointments. With my newly-elected board, we are engaged in strategic planning to continue the excellent achievements made so far and reaching our priority to promote training, clinical care and scientific research in the field of Paediatric Neurology. To this end, I urge you to become involved with EPNS and spread the word to your colleagues encouraging them to join us. Our new committees are excited by the prospect of taking a fresh look at how the Society can fulfil its goals and I embrace wholeheartedly the opportunity to serve this vibrant organisation.

The CNA is a forum on which all paediatric neurology societies in Europe are represented and provides a channel for communication between the EPNS Board and National Societies with 2 representatives from the C N A co-opted to the EPNS Board. The 2 co-opted C N A members to the EPNS Board for the next 4 years will be the C N A Secretary, Alasdair Parker together with Leena Haataja for the 2018-2019 term and Dilek Yalnizoglu for the 2020 to 2021 term.

Please take a moment to look at our 2nd 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 especially the training courses taking place in Alicante, the EPNS Visiting Teacher scheme and our EPNS Fellowship scheme. Congratulations to the 6 doctors who have recently been awarded a clinical EPNS Fellowship and the 3 Visiting Teacher awardees; I wish you all the best.

Please also visit our ‘Research and Science‘ section. We were delighted to welcome over 1500 delegates to our 2nd EPNS International Symposium and 12th EPNS Congress which took place in Lyon in June 2017. 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 plans are now well on their way for 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.

Our latest exciting EPNS project is 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.

Our EPNS annual subscription fees offer value for money and payments for 2018 are now being taken. Fully paid up EPNS members are entitled to many benefits. 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 for more information.

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
Best regards

Professor Sameer Zuberi
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

Our new EPNS President for the term 2018 – 2022: congratulation to

Professor Sameer Zuberi!

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EPNS Board 2018-2022: congratulations to all!

New EPNS appointments:

Prof Sameer Zuberi, EPNS President

Prof Michel Willemsen, EPNS Treasurer

Prof Dana Craiu, EPNS Secretary

Dr Rob Forsyth, EPNS Secretary

Prof Barbara Plecko, Chair of Scientific and Research committee

Ass Prof Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets, Chair of Education and Training committee

Prof Florian Heinen, Chair Finance Committee

Prof Finbar O’Callaghan, Chair of Public Relations, Membership and Website committee

Prof Francisco Carratala, Webmaster

EPNS Research Meeting 2018: Alicante 

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

Important Dates:

NOW: bursary application period open

29 June 2018: deadline for bursary application

beginning July 2018: registration opens

Mid July 2018: Decisions communicated to bursary applicants

19 October 2018: registration closes

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EPNS Congress 2019

We are delighted to inform you that Greece will be hosting the 13th EPNS Congress at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre in Athens on 18-21 September 2019.

The main theme for the 2019 congress will be:

Paediatric Neurology and Rare Diseases: Genetics & Environment, Progression & Transition

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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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EPNS Privacy Policy

EPNS Cambridge Master Class 2018

6 –8 September 2018 at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

When to start; when to stop. The dilemmas of advanced medical technology in paediatric neurology

The EPNS masterclasses were instituted in 2015 to address some of the dilemmas of practice in the 21st Century. Paediatric Neurology is a rapidly developing specialty: new healthcare technologies promise outcomes unthinkable a few years ago. But what is possible is not always what is appropriate. When do we start advanced treatments, or decide not to, or that the time has come to stop? Who has a say in these decisions, and how should disagreements be managed? Do attitudes to these issues differ between countries and if so what does this teach us?

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EPNS Annual Report 2017

It is with great pleasure that the EPNS Board presents the 2nd EPNS Annual Report  providing a comprehensive overview of the activities of the Society during 2017. The Annual Report serves to communicate our accomplishments and on-going activities to all members of the EPNS.

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EPNS Congress 2017 Lyon:

presentations available

EPNS Congress 2017 Lyon authorised presentations are available to EPNS members by logging into the EPNS website and selecting “Meeting Presentations”.


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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.

EPNS Board Membership

Under Article 12 of the Society’s Constitution, the EPNS is governed by a Board consisting of at least 12 and a maximum of 25 members. The Election of the EPNS Board members takes place every 4 years.

Honorary Membership

Honorary membership is for persons who the society wishes to honour for outstanding distinction in the field of paediatric neurology. Honorary membership is the highest honour which the EPNS can give and it recognises an exceptional contribution at international level to the field of paediatric neurology.

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.

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.

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