When to start; when to stop.

The dilemmas of advanced medical technology in paediatric neurology

The EPNS’ Paediatric Neurology 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?

We are building on the unique features of first two Masterclasses, in 2015 and 2017. This will be a small, interactive meeting with – where possible – delegates attending in “couples” of a senior mentoring clinician and the leaders of tomorrow: to share and learn from each other’s ideas in areas where there are no easy answers. We are privileged to have speakers from a wide range of backgrounds including parents, ethicists and senior lawyers, as well as experienced clinicians; and will draw on the Cambridge tradition of rigorous, respectful, intellectual exchange across the artificial boundaries of academic disciplines.

When? 6 –8 September 2018 (Thursday afternoon until Saturday lunchtime)

Where? St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Accommodation: En-suite single rooms

Number of participants: We are limiting numbers to 42 participants to preserve the interactive nature of the meeting. We prefer participants to register as a pair and complete a joint booking form but will accept enquiries from “unattached” individuals.

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

Programme: Please take a moment to look at the EPNS Master Class 2018 preliminary programme which is subject to final confirmation.

Invited Speakers:

Dr Ilona Autti-Ramo, Finland

Professor Richard Gilbertson, United Kingdom

Dr Rob Forsyth, United Kingdom

Dr Julika Griem, Germany

Sir Mark Hedley, United Kingdom

Dr Etienne Javouhey, France

Professor Colin Kennedy, United Kingdom

Dr Willem Lemmens, Belgium

Professor Thomas Sejersen, Sweden

Registration Fee: The cost of the 3rd EPNS Master Class 2018 is 525 Euros per person.

This includes:

  • two nights’ accommodation (Thursday and Friday) with breakfast at St Catharine’s College in a single room with en-suite facilities.
  • access to the full Master Class programme
  • lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • a conference dinner in the College dining hall on Friday evening followed by an open after-dinner discussion of issues arising. (Dinner on Thursday evening is on your own)
  • Coffee and tea during all breaks.

Attendees are responsible for organising their own transport and any additional nights’ accommodation. If advice regarding accommodation is required, please email info@epns.info

How to register

Complete the EPNS Cambridge Master Class 2018 booking form and send to info@epns.info

Places are limited, we expect demand to be high. Both attendees (mentor and young neurologist) must be fully paid up members of the EPNS (if you would like to join the EPNS, please email info@epns.info for guidance).

Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis, secured on receipt of full payment.

Payment can be made by bank transfer (full details on the booking form) or by on-line payment via the EPNS website.

We suggest the junior partner should be under 45, with a clinical practice in paediatric neurology and active in research and teaching.


The EPNS is delighted to offer 2 bursaries. Each bursary will grant free registration for a mentor and young neurologist couple to attend.

Who can apply for a bursary? The mentor and young neurologist bursary joint applicants must both be members of the EPNS and have paid their 2018 annual subscription fees. Both applicants must reside in a European country; this is taken as the region for which the European Office of WHO is responsible http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries  which is a  World Bank Class 1, 2 or 3 nation, i.e. the country of residence is not listed here World Bank High Income Classified Countries  The young neurologist should be under 45 years old, with a clinical practice in paediatric neurology and active in research and teaching.

What does the bursary cover? The bursary will fully cover the masterclass registration fee for both the mentor and young neurologist which includes 2 night’s accommodation and all meals during the event, except lunch and dinner on Thursday 6 September.

What does the bursary not cover? The bursary will not cover any other costs, for example travel costs, extra night’s accommodation, etc.

How do we apply for a bursary? If you would like to apply for a bursary, please download and complete the EPNS Master Class 2018 bursary application form Send it with your CVs by email to info@epns.info

Do we need to register for the EPNS masterclass before we are notified about the outcome of our bursary application? No, it is not necessary for either parties to register for the Master Class before you are notified about the outcome of your bursary request. Two mentor/young neurologist couple places will be reserved, and the registration form will need to be completed by successful bursary candidates as soon as possible after 30 April 2018. If the masterclass is not fully booked at the time the bursary application outcome is announced, unsuccessful bursary candidates are welcome to register as full paying participants.

Who will make the decision about the bursary applications?  A selection committee comprising of members from the EPNS Board will review the applications and make the final decision.

When is the closing date for bursary applications? The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018