In recognition of our honorary EPNS member and internationally renowned French child neurologist, Professor Jean Aicardi (1926-2015), the EPNS in partnership with MacKeith Press, has established a series of award lectures. The biennial award recognises a respected and admired doctor who has attained major achievements in child neurology.  Recipients of the award must practice in Europe using the countries in the WHO European region. The award presentation and lecture take place at the EPNS Congress which is held every two years.


Professor Alexis Arzimanoglou received the first Aicardi Award at the 12th EPNS Congress which was hosted in Lyon 20-24 June 2017. Professor Arzimanoglou delivered an inspiring talk, and was presented with the award at the opening ceremony of the Congress.






The EPNS is delighted to announce that Professor Lieven Lagae will be awarded the 2nd Aicardi Award Lecture at the 13th EPNS Congress.The Lecture will take place at the welcome reception in Athens on 17 September 2019.

Talk Title: ‘Miss Understanding is the Greek Goddess of Clinical Research’

This will be a talk about the problems, challenges, successes and failures of clinical research in paediatric neurology.

Lieven Lagae is Full Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium (KUL), Head of the Paediatric Neurology Department of the KUL University Hospitals, and Director of the Childhood Epilepsy Program at the KUL University Hospitals.

Lieven Lagae is the immediate past President of the European Pediatric Neurology Society He chairs the Taskforce on Medical Treatment of Childhood Epilepsy of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE). From 2004 to 2015, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology.  In 2017, he was the recipient of the ‘Cures within Reach patient impact Clinical Award’.

Current epilepsy research projects include:

1/ translational research in Zebrafish models of epilepsy;

2/ new anti-epileptic drugs in childhood epilepsy and especially in Dravet syndrome;

3/ brain stimulation in childhood epilepsy;

4/ preventive treatment of epilepsy in tuberous sclerosis complex

He published >200 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and is the editor of the book: Cognition and Behaviour in Childhood epilepsy (Mac Keith Press 2017). He serves in many editorial boards of epilepsy and neurology journals.