The concept of the EPNS Visiting Teacher initiative:  A volunteer professor / senior/ distinguished member of the EPNS, who is a recognised expert in a certain field, visits a nominated host centre in a country in Europe which is classified by the World Bank per capita income group 1, 2 or 3 for a short stay of intense teaching. This should be a new collaboration, and the scheme does not apply to programmes which have already been established. Travel and stay will be supported by EPNS. It may be considered that these visits will take place annually thereafter, if the first visit proves to be a success. Future visits will not be funded by the EPNS, and the local centre should establish a sustainable source of funding for the future.

The EPNS is delighted to announce 2 Visiting Teacher Awards for 2019:

Kazakhstan: Mrs Van der Louw from the Netherlands visited the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health, Pediatric  Neurology Department, Turan 32, Astana 20.05.2019 to 21.05.2019

We are delighted to share this report about the visit from Dr Raushan Kenzhegulova

The National Research Center for Maternity and Childhood, with the financial support of the European Society of Pediatric Neurologists (EPNS), conducted a training seminar on the topic “Ketogenic diet in the treatment of children with severe epilepsy” from 20.05.2019 to 21.05.2019.Lecturer – nutritionist with many years of experience in this field and research, Mrs. Elles van der Louw, Medical Center of Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Classes were held in the conference hall, 2 days, from morning to evening. 40 doctors – Neurologists, nutritionists and pediatricians from all over Kazakhstan gathered to attend the seminar.The lectures were full of information. The methods of interaction of the teacher with students were actively used.Listeners answered questions with interest and asked many questions themselves. We really liked the lecturer, with her sense of humor, she could relieve our fatigue and helped us to focus on the main thing.

She very competently and enthusiastically and answered all our questions. The main thing that she taught us is to consider keto diets, gave us tools on keto diet that are necessary in practice, explained to us about the side effects. Now we can confidently perform the ketogenic diet on our own. During the non-lecture period, we continued to discuss the possibilities of the ketogenic diet and we were very pleased with the profound knowledge of Mrs Elles van der Louw. Especially about the features and difficulties of using a keto-like diet in cancer patients.

Thanks to the sponsors, organizers and personally to Mrs. Elles van der Louw for such a wonderful seminar!


Bulgaria: Professor Leena Haataja from Finland will be visiting Department of Paediatrics and Medical Genetics, Medical University-Plovdiv

Objectives: Early intervention:

  1. diagnostic assessment of children
  2. screening and diagnostic tools for autism, language delay, other developmental delays or deviations at 0-5yrs
  3. functional assessment
  4. treatment interventions
  5. assessment of effect of treatment