The EPNS is delighted to offer FREE 1 hour to 1.5 hour long webinars on topics of key interest to Child Neurologists on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 17:00h CET. Each webinar is broadcast live on Zoom and available for FREE to anyone who would like to register. Don’t worry if you are not available for the live broadcast however because fully paid up EPNS members will be able to access a recording of the full session via the EPNS website after the event.

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2024

Time: 17:00h Central European Time (e.g. Netherlands). Time Zone Converter: CLICK HERE

Topic: Normal and abnormal cortical development in the prenatal period


Fetal Neurology, a relatively new field of Prenatal Medicine expands the field of Pediatric Neurology to fetal life. Fetal Neurology Clinics have been established worldwide and include multiple disciplines to accurately diagnose brain anomalies in utero and give appropriate counselling to parents. Malformations of cortical development (MCD) can now frequently be diagnosed with the aid of multiplanar neurosonography and MRI.

Patients are usually referred following prenatal screening that raises the suspicion of an underlying MCD. Indirect findings include: ventriculomegaly (lateral ventricles larger than 10 mm), asymmetric ventricles, commissural anomalies, absent cavum septum pellucidum, cerebellar vermian and/or hemispheric anomalies, abnormal head circumference (microcephaly or macrocephaly), multiple CNS malformations, and associated systemic defects.

This webinar will review normal cortical development at different gestational ages as depicted by neurosonography and MRI and then suggest a practical approach to prenatal diagnosis of malformations of cortical development based on the current literature and our own experience.

An MCD should be suspected in utero when the following intracranial imaging signs are present: abnormal development of the Sylvian fissure; delayed achievement of cortical milestones, premature appearance of sulcation; irregular ventricular borders, abnormal cortical thickness (thick, thin); abnormal shape and orientation of the sulci and gyri; irregular, abnormal, asymmetric, and enlarged hemisphere; simplified cortex; non continuous cortex or cleft; and intraparenchymal echogenic nodules.

Following the putative diagnosis of fetal MCD by neurosonography and MRI, when appropriate and possible (depending on gestational age), the imaging diagnosis is supplemented by genetic studies (CMA and trio whole exome sequencing).

Speaker: Professor Tally Lerman-Sagie MD

Chair: Professor Federico Vigevano

To register:  CLICK HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Registration is free and all are welcome, so please share this invitation with your colleagues! We hope you will join us.

upcoming EPNS free monthly webinars in 2024:

Date Topic Speaker Chair
10 Apr 24 Joint EPNS/EAN: Headache treatment from the perspective paediatric neurologist and an adult neurologist Prof. Christoph Schankin from EAN and Catrinel Iliescu Agnese Suppiej
08-May-24 Pattern recognition of movement disorders Anne Koy Jean-Pierre Lin


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