Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy (BSSSE)
The annual Baltic Sea Summer Schools on Epilepsy (BSSSE) are clinically oriented and focused on comprehensive aspects of diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and provide a platform for transnational research. The open and informal atmosphere of the BSSSE allows easy communication between faculty and up to 40 international students.
2017 Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy – 6-11 August 2017
The 11th annual BSSSE will take place in Tartu, Estonia. It will again include the highly appreciated introductory seminars on EEG, imaging and pharmacotherapy together with a new selection of topical issues for lectures and tutorials (see Announcement). Young post-graduates from everywhere wishing to specialize in epilepsy are kindly invited to apply.A substantial number of bursaries are available. Applicants from the Baltic Sea area are given priority, but participants from all parts of the world are accepted.
Announcement | Contact: Petra Novotny
2016 Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy
2016 BSSSE information flyer | 2016 BSSSE report | 2016 evaluation summary
The 10th edition of the popular annual Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy, organized on behalf of several regional ILAE Chapters and under the auspices of the Commission on European Affairs by Prof. Peter Wolf, past ILAE President, together with Dr. Rūta Mameniškienė, Vilnius, took place in Trakai, Lithuania, from June 5-10, 2016. The Lithuanian League against Epilepsy was the host to 38 participants from 12 countries. At the end of a week of intense studies in close interaction with fellow students and a faculty including some of the best-proven teachers of the region, the participants again gave the course outstanding ratings (see report and evaluation). In the comparative evaluation of courses supported by the ILAE Commission on European Affairs in 2016, the BSSSE again received the top ratings (see Results of the 2016 CEA Course Evaluations) They particularly appreciated the interactive format, the introductory seminars on EEG and neuroimaging, and the case-oriented studies. They found the practical relevance of the course high to very high and estimated that they had gained much to very much new knowledge. One fourth found their expectations fulfilled and three fourths, exceeded. Nobody expressed any disappointment.
To be accepted to the course, applicants had to submit and present own cases or research. Some found this quite challenging but at the end, they were happy for the experience of having their cases or projects discussed by a critical but supportive peer group and tutors.
More information by contacting Petra Novotny, Prof. Peter & Jytte Wolf Foundation for Epilepsy, email@example.com, and also under BSSSE10 on the foundation website www.epilepsiestiftung-wolf.de.
2015 Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy
The annual Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy, organized on behalf of several regional ILAE Chapters and under the auspices of the Commission on European Affairs by Prof. Peter Wolf, past ILAE President, together with Dr. Rūta Mameniškienė, Vilnius, this year took place in Sigulda, Latvia. The Latvian League against Epilepsy hosted this 9th edition of the BSSSE which was attended by 43 participants from 21 countries. After a week of intense studies in close interaction with fellow students and a faculty including some of the best-proven teachers of the region, the participants gave the course again outstanding ratings (see report and evaluation). They particularly appreciated the introductory seminars on EEG and neuroimaging and the case oriented studies. They found the practical relevance of the course high to very high and estimated that they had gained much to very much new knowledge. One third found their expectations fulfilled and two thirds, exceeded. Nobody expressed any disappointment.
To be accepted to the course, everybody had to submit and present own cases or research. Some found this quite challenging but at the end, they were happy for the experience of having their cases or projects discussed by a critical but supportive peer group and tutors.
Complete Report | Summary Evaluation
Rūta Mameniškienė, Vilnius / Lithuania
Peter Wolf, Dianalund / Denmark
Margret Pfäfflin leads a class discussion
Presenting own research
2015 participants proudly display certificates
2014 Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy receives record evaluation
The 8th BSSSE in Trakai, Lithuania, August 3 – 8, 2014 received quite unusually high marks from the 36 participants who came from 14 different countries. On a scale of 4 where they rated if the course met their expectations, only four participants gave the second highest rating, everyone else the highest of “expectations exceeded.” On a 5-scale rating if they gained new knowledge, one had gained much new knowledge, everybody else very much, nobody less. The most appreciated parts of the course were the case-oriented studies prepared by the faculty and the early morning seminars on EEG, semiology and pharmacotherapy, then the tutorials in interactive groups.
These results confirm once more the high appreciation the strongly interactive philosophy of these courses finds with the young postgraduates and Ph.D. students who typically attend. The next course (BSSSE 9) with a new programme will be held in Sigulda, Latvia, on August 2 – 7, 2015 and is open for application.
For more details about the Baltic Sea Summer Schools on Epilepsy please consult www.epilepsiestiftung-wolf.de or write to Petra Novotny in the BSSSE office .
Rūta Mameniškiené, Vilnius / Lithuania
Peter Wolf, Dianalund / Denmark
BSSSE8 Attendees and Faculty
Final evening fun
More photos from BSSSE 2014
2013: Seventh BSSSE
Peter Wolf leads students during a tutorial at the 2013 Baltic Sea Summer School on Epilepsy
The Seventh BSSSE took place in Viimsi close to Tallinn, Estonia, on August 18 – 23, 2013. Our local host was the Estonian League against Epilepsy represented by Dr. Sulev Haldre of Tartu.
The course was attended by 42 participants from 23 countries: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Uzbekistan. If nationalities are considered, Ecuador, Germany, Iran and Spain can be added. The average age of the participants was 32.2 years, which reflects well the primary target group of this summer school, young post-graduates and PhD students.
The faculty consisted of 14 teachers from the Baltic Sea region: six from Denmark, three from Germany, two from Norway and one each from Estonia, Lithuania, and Finland. They covered the following topics:
- Symptomatic epilepsies in adults
- Symptomatic epilepsies mimicking idiopathic epilepsies
- Subjectiva and objective seizure symptoms
- Reproductive aspects in epilepsy
- Genetics and epilepsy
- Remission in adult patients
- Convulsive and non-convulsive status epilepticus
- Psychiatric comorbidities
- Seizure semiology and anatomy
- Epilepsy diagnostics: what is useful and necessary?
- Advanced diagnostic approaches
- Epilepsies and non-epileptic conditions of childhood: differential diagnosis
- Video quiz: epilepsy or not?
- New approaches in preclinical AED development
- From mechanisms to biomarkers for epileptogenesis
- Ontogenetic excitability changes
- AED pharmacology: Newest antiepileptic drugs and Orphan drugs
- Use of acute drugs in epilepsy management
- Radiosurgery and radiotherapy of epilepsy
- Functional neuroanatomy
- The present understanding of “generalized” and focal ictogenesis
Waiting for class
The study methods at the BSSSE are strongly interactive with only two to three frontal lectures per day; the remainder of the time is tutorials (including journal clubs), case-oriented study, and discussion of cases submitted by participants in small group settings.
The course evaluation confirmed once again the students’ high appreciation of the interactive methods, where case-oriented study and the early morning seminars received the highest marks.
The majority of participants attended with bursaries, for which the organisers are very grateful to:
- Commission of European Affairs of the ILAE
- Danish Epilepsy Society
- Estonian League against Epilepsy
- German Society for Epileptology
- Norwegian Epilepsy Society
- Society of Epileptologists of Lithuania
- Peter & Jytte Wolf Foundation for Epilepsy
- UCB Nordic
The 2013 group