Teaching Courses

How to do it – Diagnosis of epilepsy

Facilitators:  Rainer Surges (Germany) & Reetta Kälviäinen (Finland)

  • Diagnostic delays in epilepsy: implications and opportunities to improve care – Reetta Kälviäinen (Finland)
  • How to avoid misinterpretation of EEG in epilepsy?
  • How to interpret cerebral MRI in epilepsy? – Margitta Seeck (Switzerland)
  • ECG for the epileptologist – Rainer Surges (Germany)
  • How to deal with the diagnostic challenges of pediatric epilepsy? – Edda Haberlandt (Austria)

How to do it – Treatment of epilepsy

Facilitators:  Margitta Seeck (Switzerland) & Lieven Lagae (Belgium)

  • First line approach: which drug to start with and how to start it –  Martin Brodie (United Kingdom)
  • What if the first 2 drugs fail? Next level drug therapy – Margitta Seeck (Switzerland)
  • How do we assess outcome? – Adam Strzelczyk (Germany)
  • What if all drugs fail? – Lieven Lagae (Belgium)

Basic science for clinicians: How do advances in our understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms translate to improved patient management?

Facilitators:  Matthew Walker (United Kingdom) & Heidrun Potschka (Germany)

  • How does understanding mechanisms of action of available AEDs translate to improved patient care? – Matthew Walker (United Kingdom)
  • How can knowledge about pathophysiological mechanisms guide rational drug development? – Heidrun Potschka (Germany)
  • What is epigenetics and why should we care? – David Henshall (Ireland)
  • How does understanding epileptic networks translate into  novel therapeutic approaches? – Marco de Curtis (Italy)
  • How will virtual epileptic brain models translate to personalized care? – Christophe Bernard (France)

EEG in epilepsy: a teaching course for EEG technicians

Coordinators: Markus Leitinger (Austria) & Walter van Emde Boas (Netherlands)

  • EEG in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy I: use, abuse and pitfalls – Walter van Emde Boas (Netherlands)
  • Practical issues in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit I: observation and interpretation of basic semiology – Markus Leitinger (Austria)
  • EEG in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy II: an orderly approach to study indications, reading and interpretation – Walter van Emde Boas (Netherlands)
  • Practical issues in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit II: ictal testing and safety issues – Markus Leitinger (Austria)

Neuropsychology Teaching Course: Evidence-based psychobehavioral treatments for people with epilepsy

Coordinators: Sallie Baxendale (United Kingdom) & Rosa Michaelis (Germany)

  • Why and how psychobehavioral treatments might work in epilepsy – Markus Reuber (United Kingdom)
  • Evidence base: A meta-analysis of psychobehavioral interventions – Rosa Michaelis (Germany)
  • Psychobehavioral treatment across the illness spectrum: Recommended key interventions for the main treatment scenarios
  • Non-pharmacological seizure management techniques
Advanced Teaching Sessions 

Advanced teaching session: Neurophysiology

Facilitators: Sándor Beniczky (Denmark) & Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom)

  • Electromagnetic source imaging – Sándor Beniczky (Denmark)
  • Elecroclinical correlations in neonatal seizures – Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom)
  • EEG in critically ill patients – Andrea Rossetti (Switzerland)

Advanced teaching session: Neuroimaging

Facilitators: Giorgi Kuchukhidze (Austria) & Jörg Wellmer (Germany)

  • Preponing the detection of epileptogenic lesions by epilepsy-specific MRI protocols – Jörg Wellmer (Germany)
  • A systematic approach to the spectrum of epileptogenic lesions – Giorgi Kuchukhidze (Austria)
  • Automated MRI analysis – Giorgi Kuchukhidze (Austria)
  • Structural MRI in the planning of epilepsy surgery – Jörg Wellmer (Germany)

Advanced teaching video session: Seizure semiology – adult

Facilitators: Christoph Baumgartner (Austria) & Philippe Kahane (France)

Advanced teaching video session: Seizure semiology – children

Facilitators: Martha Feucht (Austria) & Monika Eisermann (France)

  • Infantile epileptic syndromes – Monika Eisermann (France)
  • Monitoring critically ill children – Tobias Loddenkemper (USA)
  • Lateralizing/localizing signs in children with focal epilepsies – Martha Feucht (Austria)

Advanced teaching session: Epileptology in the ICU

Facilitator: Andrea Rossetti (Switzerland)

  • Frequency of epileptological problems in the ICU – Stephan Rüegg (Switzerland)
  • Postanoxic status epilepticus: does it exist?
  • EEG monitoring in the ICU: a tailored approach? – Andrea Rossetti (Switzerland)

Advanced teaching session: Genetic testing

Facilitators: Fritz Zimprich (Austria) & Bernd Neubauer (Germany)

  • Possibilities, limits and other clinically relevant aspects of whole exome sequencing
  • Therapy of genetically defined early childhood epilepsy syndromes – Bernd Neubauer (Germany)
  • Utility of clinical exome sequencing for adult epilepsy patients – Fritz Zimprich (Austria)


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