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

Professor 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.

Bursaries: application period now closed.