Dear Colleagues,

Click on the link below:

https://www.channel4.com/news/two-year-old-becomes-youngest-child-in-world-to-have-groundbreaking-brain-surgery

If you found this interesting and want to learn more, do consider the 3rd EPNS International Advances in Neuromodulation in Children Symposium Athens 16-17.09.19: http://www.epns2019.org/registration

Join us in Athens for this latest meeting on Advances in Neuromodulation in Children. This two day symposium covers new ground in the field of neuromodulation in children bringing together new concepts in neurophysiology, pathophysiology and neuromodulation for movement disorders and epilepsy.

Overview

Day 1

The morning will concentrate on the developmental biology of scales for dystonia, chorea and ataxia in typically developing children (Deborah Sival) to illustrate how young children  exhibit early physiological motor phenomena that improve with age and maturation.

The importance of the sensory system in the motor manifestations of cerebral palsy (Alexander Hoon) will challenge our concepts of underlying mechanisms motor disorders in childhood followed by more formal neurophysiological assessment of somatosensory evoked potentials and corticomuscular coherence patterns in childhood dystonias (Verity McClelland).The morning concludes with an exploration of the nature of scissoring in childhood and the role of vestibular input as part of the debate ‘is this dystonia or spasticity’ (Jean-Pierre Lin).

The afternoon focusses on neuroimaging and early deep brain stimulation for childhood dystonias begining with what can be learned from 18-FDGPET-CT Brain imaging (Alexander Hammers and Stavros Tsagkaris) and early deep brain stimulation in children: How early? How young? How severe? (Jean-Pierre Lin and Ata Siddiqui). Targeting deep brain stimulation: is it an art or a science? Can we improve our practice? This is interactive session between Harutomo Hasegawa (Neurosurgeon) and Daniel Lumsden (Paediatric Neurologist)  and will get you up to speed on this complex issue. The impact of DBS on dystonic pain (Sinead Barkey) and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Cerebral Palsy Dystonic Cerebral Palsy Pathway (Darcy Fehlings) explore the evidence and lack of evidence for the efficacy of DBS in CP and what remains to be done.

We conclude day 1 with DBS for phantom limb pain (David Pang) and neuropsychiatric indications for DBS (Keyoumars Ashkan).

Dinner will be at Attikos, a restaurant which has lovely Acropolis views and offers traditional Greek food.

Day 2 is chaired by Sophia Varadkar and will comprehensively review vagus nerve stimulation for the childhood epilepsies.

We begin with monitoring seizures (Amre Shahwan) and their impact in childhood (Ailsa McLellan). Then Martha Feucht takes us through the history of vagus nerve stimulation and Sophia Varadkar brings us up to speed with ‘closed loop’ vagus nerve stimulation. What we have learned of the cognitive outcomes following neuromodulation for the epilepsies is discussed by Sarah Rudebeck before the lunch break.

In the afternoon, we have an interactive ‘Movement disorder or Epilepsy’ short video presentation sessions when short videos are presented to all delegates who will vote for ‘Movement Disorder’ or ‘Epilepsy’. This is because clinical differentiation is always difficult and it allows participants to share their videos and engage in brief discussion.

So bring your videos. These will be shown on a first come first served basis!

Neuromodulation for Neuroinflammation  

The highlight of the two-day symposium will consider new applications for neuromodulation for inflammatory disorders including the application of vagus nerve stimulation for inflammatory bowel disease (Bruno Bonaz) and DBS for FIRES (Antonio Valentin and Richard Selway) is accompanied by a general update on Neural Control of the Innate Immune System by Ming Lim.

Both days will have a specific focus on clinical and neurophysiological characteristics and improved patient selection, applying where possible, the principles of precision medicine and surgery.

View the detailed program at:

http://www.epns2019.org/assets/190702-EPNS-2019_Neuromodulation-Symposium-Programme.pdf

For Registration click on:

http://www.epns2019.org/registration

Yours sincerely,

Dr Jean-Pierre Lin

Organiser