6th EPNS Research Meeting 2018: Alicante, Spain on 26 – 27 October 2018.




We are very pleased to invite you to the 6th EPNS Research Meeting taking place in Alicante, a dynamic, attractive Spanish city with a castle, old quarter and long waterfront. The meeting will take place on 26-27 October 2018 at the Edificio Severo Ochoa”  Av. de la Cadena, 33-47, 03550 Sant Joan d’Alacant, Alicante and we hope this environment will stimulate international collaborations and research in Pediatric Neurology.

There will be prestigious invited speakers joining the meeting. In addition, there will be 8 different working groups. Participants will be given the opportunity (subject to places being available) to attend one working group from the following first block:

  • Epilepsy
  • Ataxia
  • Neonatal
  • Neuromuscular

And one working group from the second block:

  • Autoimmune
  • Neurometabolic
  • Stroke
  • Movement Disorders

We strongly encourage that in particular junior pediatric neurologists participate actively in preparation of the workshops including the presentation of a research project in the respective working groups. Working Group Chairs should be contacted directly to make arrangements for your presentation, if possible before 31st August.

Please see the information below for more information about the event, the registration process and bursaries available.

We hope to welcome you to Alicante this October!

Best wishes

The organising committee:


Prof. Dr. Francisco Carratala (local organiser)          Prof. Dr. Barbara Plecko (chair EPNS Research &Scientific Committee)


Registration will be open from the beginning of July and will close on 19 October 2018.

A registration link will be added to this webpage when registration has opened. Registrations will be confirmed when payment has been received in full.There is a maximum of 40 participants per working group which will be booked on a first come, first served basis.


EPNS Research Meeting 2018 Alicante PROGRAMME.docx



Ataxia Dear cerebellar group, we hope that many of you will join this year’s research meeting in Alicante – two main talks on cerebellum! You cannot miss out on that! We are looking forward to the presentation of your own ongoing research in this area- whether close to publication or just starting a new project: come to Alicante to discuss your work with us! We will give you 15-20 min slots for presentation and discussion! Please submit your contribution with a title and 2-3 sentences on the topic! Looking forward to seeing you.

Chairs: Maja Steinlin and Deborah Sival

Epilepsy The EPNS epilepsy working group is a very active formation of epilepsy researchers throughout Europe (with many collaborations overseas) who have collaborated in many successful projects and studies over the last years. The epilepsy working group invites researchers to present their projects or to call for new collaborations during the EPNS research meeting in Alicante. If you do not plan to present your work, we would like to encourage you to attend our working group to participate in lively discussions of ongoing projects. We would like to give the floor to young researchers in the field. In addition, if time allows an update will be given of ongoing international studies and trials and the future plans in EPICARE, the ERN on epilepsy (https://epi-care.eu ).  We look forward to receiving your contributions and to meeting you in Alicante.

Chairs: Alexis Arzimanoglou and Floor Jansen

Neonatal Neurology The scientific program and discussion will cover newest research data on models of perinatal brain hypoxia and ischemia, their effects and their contribution to clarify the pathophysiology of hypoxic ischemic brain injury. You are welcome to bring your own ideas, to inform about your own model, to get help in choosing an appropriate model for your own research questions. Information on neuroprotective strategies will be shared and possible joint research on neuro-protectives in asphyxia will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to send their short proposals (or title of the presentation) to the chairs.

Chairs: Regina Trollmann and Nadia Bahi-Buisson

Neuromuscular The Neuromuscular Working Group aims to discuss the latest research developments and plans relevant for the diagnosis, care and treatment of paediatric neuromuscular diseases. The discussion will focus on the application of news in approaches for clinical trials, implementation of novel therapies, and the European reference network for neuromuscular diseases (EURO-NMD). Further, transitioning to adulthood will be discussed. The working group session will emphasise an opportunity for scientists and clinicians to present and discuss own research ideas and results.
Chairs: Thomas Sejersen and Nina Barisic
Autoimmune inflammatory diseases The inflammatory Working Group will have two main focuses.  The first focus will be on psychiatric aspects of neuroinflammatory diseases. This will include a lecture and presentations of clinical cases and ongoing research from participants of the working Group.

In the second Part participants will present ongoing research projects on all different areas of immune-mediated or infectious disease of the nervous system in order to promote international collaboration. All participants are kindly invited to make proposal for both aspects of the autoinflammatory session.

Chairs: Kevin Rostasy and Martin Häusler

Movement Disorders The Movement Disorders Working Group for the EPNS Research Meeting in Alicante 26-28th October 2018 invites you to present your work on any aspect of movement disorders in children and young people. The purpose of the meeting is to allow clinical science researchers to discuss their work, which can span any aspect from the Bench to the Bedside, in a 3-hour session in a positive and stimulating programme & setting. We are particularly interested in clinicians, including Allied Health Professionals, currently or recently involved in work leading to a doctoral thesis. Please contact both of us with a synopsis of your ideas and proposals for the meeting!

Chairs: Jean-Pierre Lin and Michel Willemsen

Neurometabolics The Neurometabolic Working Group aims to discuss research projects for the diagnosis, care and treatment of paediatric neurometabolic diseases. The working group session will provide an opportunity for scientists and clinicians to present own research ideas and results. The discussion will focus on the identification of new biomarkers, current and future clinical trials and international projects in the field.

Chairs: Linda de Meirleir and Barbara Plecko

Paediatric Stroke We are very happy to invite you to the 2nd meeting of the Paediatric Stroke Working Group. After providing an overview of current literature, we`ll be happy to learn more about your research projects (ongoing or planned) and discuss possibilities for a collaborative network. As third part of the meeting, participants are also kindly invited to present 2 unsolved or instructive cases.  Please contact us if you wish to present a research project (15`) or a case (10`). We are looking forward to an interesting and constructive meeting!

Chairs: Finbar O´Callaghan and Lucia Gerstl



A maximum of 150 participants. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A maximum of 40 participants per working group will be permitted.


(includes registration, coffee breaks, lunches and social event at the Santa Barbara Castle):

120 Euro (same for both EPNS members and non-members)

All participants must book and pay for their own travel and accommodation.

There will be no on-site registration.


All participants are encouraged to become members of the EPNS https://www.epns.info/


The EPNS is delighted to offer 30 bursaries of up to a maximum of 500 Euros each.

To apply for a bursary, please send the following to info@epns.info :

  • Completed bursary application form: please click HERE to download.
  • Email info@epns.info if a Word document version is required.
  • CV
  • 150-word abstract
  • recommendation letter from your head of department

Conditions of the bursary application:

  • applicants must currently practice in Europe; this is taken as the region for which the European Office of WHO is responsible http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries
  • applicants must be presenting a project or their work at the Research meeting.
  • Working Group places are limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

Deadline for receiving bursary applications: 29 June 2018

A jury and Working Group Chairs will make the final decision about the successful bursary awards.

All bursary applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by mid July 2018.

All successful bursary applicants will need to:

  • register on-line
  • pay the registration fee
  • make their own hotel reservation and travel arrangements.

The bursary recipients will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 500 Euros after the research meeting upon completion of an EPNS expenses claim form sent with the registration fee receipt, plus supporting travel and accommodation receipts.


There is an EPNS award at every Research Meeting. The EPNS Research Prize (2500 Euros per person) will be awarded to two young neurologists who present an outstanding, innovative idea in research in Paediatric Neurology. A commission of the board members will decide the prize recipients.


All participants must book their own travel and accommodation.

A link for recommended hotels will be added to this webpage shortly.


Presentations regarding the workshop topics can be sent to the Working Group Chairs by e-mail. If you do not apply for a bursary no abstract will be needed. Please contact the Working Group Chairs directly if you have any questions about your presentation. See below for Working Group Chair email addresses.


Ataxia Maja Steinlin Maja.Steinlin@insel.ch
Deborah Sival d.a.sival@umcg.nl
Autoimmune inflammatory diseases Kevin Rostasy k.rostasy@kinderklinik-datteln.de
Martin Häusler mhaeusler@ukaachen.de
Epilepsy Alexis Arzimanoglou aarzimanoglou@orange.fr
Floor Jansen f.e.jansen@umcutrecht.nl
Movement Disorders Jean-Pierre Lin

Michel Willemsen



Neonatal Neurology Regina Trollmann regina.trollmann@uk-erlangen.de
Nadia Bahi-Buisson nadia.bahi-buisson@aphp.fr
Neuromuscular Thomas Sejersen Thomas.Sejersen@ki.se
Nina Barisic ninabarisic@yahoo.com
Neurometabolics Linda de Meirleir Linda.DeMeirleir@uzbrussel.be
Barbara Plecko barbara.plecko@medunigraz.at
Paediatric Stroke Finbar O´Callaghan f.o’callaghan@ucl.ac.uk
Lucia Gerstl Lucia.Gerstl@med.uni-muenchen.de


Friday evening: Dinner at Castle (Santa Bárbara) It is the most emblematic location in Alicante.


  • More than 150 direct lines with Europe (11.000.000 passengers per year).
  • 1stLow-cost airport in Spain.
  • New terminal.
  • AVE (Spanish High-Speed Train):2h 20’ from Madrid Barajas International Airport


The organisers will be pleased to send a letter of invitation to any individual requesting one, once their registration and payment have been received. It is to be understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa. It is not a commitment on the part of the congress to provide any financial support. Applications must be received before 30 September 2018. A refused visa application is no reason for refund. Please send requests for invitation letters to eventos@grupoesoc.es


29 June 2018: deadline for bursary applications

Mid July 2018: Decisions communicated to bursary applicants

beginning July 2018: registration opens

19 October 2018: registration closes