Programme

The Scientific and Organising Committee is working to create a programme that represents the best European and global epileptology.

Sessions will include the Chairs’ Symposium, Teaching Courses and Sessions, Platform Sessions, EEC Forums, among others.

Programme Schedule

The preliminary programme is available to view here. This is subject to change as the SOC continues to develop the programme. Click on the image below to view the programme in .pdf format.

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Chairs' Symposium: Precision medicine for patients with epilepsy – are we there yet?
Co-chairs: Eugen Trinka (Austria) & Margitta Seeck (Switzerland)

  • How genetic findings impact patients’ treatment and prognosis - Sarah Weckhuysen (Belgium)
  • New imaging tools will advance patients’ diagnosis and treatment to the next level - Serge Vulliemoz (Switzerland)
  • New avenues in drug development will have an impact on patients’ life  - Wolfgang Löscher (Germany)
  • What is needed to bring advances in diagnosis and treatment to the population? – The global implementation gap  - Samuel Wiebe (Canada)

 

Neurodegeneration and epilepsy 
Co-chairs: Stephan Rüegg (Switzerland) & Eleonora Aronica (Netherlands

  • Neurodegenerative disorders and seizures – the epidemiological view -
  • The ABT of neurodegeneration: alpha synuclein, beta amyloid, and tau protein and their role in epileptogenesis - Katja Kobow (Germany)
  • Diagnosis – neuroimaging, CSF, EEG - Giovanni Frisoni (Italy)
  • Therapeutic challenges of treating patients with epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders - Stephan Rüegg (Switzerland)
  • The birth of hyperexcitability in Alzheimer’s Disease - Jeffrey Noebels (USA)

 

Novel approaches to drug discovery
Co-chairs: Matthew Walker (United Kingdom) & Heidrun Potschka (Germany)

  • Why we need novel approaches - Heidrun Potschka (Germany)
  • Novel models of paediatric epilepsies - Stéphane Auvin (France)
  • Zebra fish as tools for personalised medicine - Danielle Copmans (Belgium)
  • Use of gene networks and induced pluripotent stem cells in drug discovery Rafal Kaminski (Belgium)

 

Is it possible to predict outcome in childhood epilepsies?
Co-chairs: Nicola Specchio (Italy) & Georgia Ramantani (Switzerland)

  • The role of genetics: where to start for understanding outcome - Ingrid Scheffer (Australia)
  • Disease modifying treatments: is there an option? Nicola Specchio (Italy)
  • Prediction of outcome after epilepsy surgery: what can we learn from the virtual brain? - Fabrice Bartolomei (France)
  • How EEG, MRI and neuroimaging of brain networks can help? Torsten Baldeweg (United Kingdom)
  • The sooner, the better - Georgia Ramantani (Switzerland)

 

Future therapies for epilepsy
Co-chairs: Meir Bialer (Israel) & Reetta Kälviäinen (Finland)

  • Update on new antiepileptic drugs in the pipeline - Meir Bialer (Israel)
  • Hurdles for development of disease modifying therapies for epilepsy - Matthias Koepp (United Kingdom)
  • A potential new antiseizure drug : the long road from an idea in the lab to a clinical trial. Lieven Lagae (Germany)
  • Innovative treatments for orphan epilepsies, one at a time? - J Helen Cross (United Kingdom)
  • Update on new antiepileptic devices in the pipeline Kristl Vonck (Belgium)

 

How to deal with multiple failed epilepsy surgeries?

  • Co-chairs: Karl Schaller (Switzerland) & Susanne Knake (Germany)
  • The neuro-imager’s view - Andrea Bernasconi (Canada)
  • Conventional neurosurgical options - Charles Liu (USA)
  • The epileptologists propositions  - Laura Tassi (Italy)
  • Emerging neurosurgical solutions – Steven Ojemann (USA)

Stroke and epilepsy – new insights
Co-chairs: Alla Guekht (Russian Federation)  & Sanaz Ahmadi Karvigh (Iran)

  • First stroke – first seizure: risk factors, clinical challenges, treatment, and outcomes Francesco Brigo (Italy)
  • Prevention of seizures in acute stroke: are we there yet ? where do we stand ? - Eugen Trinka (Austria)
  • Stroke and epilepsy: do age and gender play a role? - Alla Guekht (Russian Federation)
  • Seizures imitating strokes imitating seizures – Johan Zelano (Sweden)

 

Oxidative stress and reactive oxygen species in epilepsy  
Co-chairs: Tawfeeq Shekh-Ahmad (Israel) & Marco de Curtis (Italy)

  • The role of reactive oxygen species in status epilepticus - Matthew Walker (United Kingdom)
  • Inflammation and reactive oxygen species as disease modifiers in epilepsy - Annamaria Vezzani (Italy)
  • Metabolic dysfunction and oxidative stress in epilepsy - Manisha Patel (USA)
  • Nrf2 activators as targets to modify epilepsy development - Tawfeeq Shekh-Ahmad (Israel)

 

What is new in epilepsy surgery?
Co-chairs: Milan Brazdil (Czech Republic) and Margitta Seeck (Switzerlad)

  • Epilepsy outcome in patients with low IQ – Kristina Malmgren (Sweden)
  • Epilepsy outcome in children < 3 years - Laura Tassi (Italy)
  • Non-lesional epilepsy: the outcome is not so bad Margitta Seeck (Switzerland)
  • Laser and more: new techniques on trial - Karl Rössler (Austria)

 

Choosing between RNS, DBS, and VNS 
Co-chairs: Michael Sperling (USA) & Kristl Vonck (Belgium)

  • Deep Brain Stimulation: benefits and risks - Jukka Peltola (Finland)
  • RNS: benefits and risks - Michael Sperling (USA)
  • VNS: benefits and risks - Lina Nashef (United Kingdom)
  • Pediatric neurostimulation – Rory Piper (United Kingdom)
  • Case studies in neuromodulation - Panel discussion

 

Is still seizure semiology useful for understanding the aetiology?
Co-chairs: Nicola Specchio (Italy) & Ekaterina Pataraia (Austria)

  • Early differentiation of genetic epilepsies from acute provoked seizures in neonatal patients - Roberta Cilio (Belgium)
  • Seizure semiology towards different genetic developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (SCN8A, SCN2A, KCNQ2) - Marina Trivisano (Italy)
  • Might the seizure semiology suggest the functional effect of the genetic mutation? - Elena Gardella (Denmark)
  • Seizure semiology during follow-up is equally useful to identify the aetiology? - Stéphane Auvin (France)

 

How do we classify paediatric epilepsy syndromes in 2022? Diagnostic criteria and ILAE classification 
Co-chairs: Bosa Jocic-Jakubi (Serbia)  & Edda Haberlandt (Austria)

  • Self-limited syndromes of infants and children - Alexandre Datta (Switzerland)
  • Genetic generalized epilepsy (GGEs), including Idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGEs) - Sameer Zuberi (United Kingdom)
  • Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathys’ (DEEs)of infants - Elaine Wirrell (USA)
  • Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathys’(DEEs)of childhood - Rima Nabbout (France)

 

Super-refractory Status Epilepticus – moving forward
Co-chairs: Simon Shorvon (United Kingdom)  & Silvia Bozzetti (Italy)

  • How good are the conventional therapies? - Simon Shorvon (United Kingdom)
  • Tearing up the pharmacokinetic principles of epilepsy - Sara Eyal (Israel)
  • Novel approaches - Hannah Cock (United Kingdom)
  • Why try immunological therapy? - Eugen Trinka (Austria)

 

EEG and artificial intelligence:  towards novel prognostic biomarkers in epilepsy
Co-chairs: Giovanni Assenza (Italy) & Sandor Beniczky (Denmark)

  • Connectivity and source analysis using EEG: current role in clinical epileptology for the prediction of outcome - Serge Vulliemoz (Switzerland)
  • Machine learning for brain signals: from theoretical properties to clinical applications - Tonio Ball (Germany)
  • Measuring the effect of anti-epileptic treatment using machine learning and EEG signals: a novel biomarker? - Lorenzo Ricci (Italy)
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for the drug-resistant epilepsy patient: where are we now? - Pieter Van Mierlo (Belgium)

 

Use of radio-frequency and laser techniques for epilepsy surgery
Co-chairs: P Sarat Chandra (India) & Rodrigo Rocamora (Spain)

  • SEEG guided radio frequency ablation - George Dorfmuller (France)
  • Robotic thermo-coagulative hemispherotomy (ROTCH) - P Sarat Chandra (India)
  • Stereotactic guided radio-frequency ablation for hypothalamic hamartoma - Hiroshi Shirozu (Japan)
  • Laser Interstitial Thermo-coagulation for mesial temporal sclerosis – recent concepts - Ido Strauss (Israel)

 

Challenges and controversies of seizures and epilepsy after stroke
Co-chairs: Alla Guekht (Russian Federation)  & Asel Jusupova (Kyrgyzstan)

  • Update on epidemiology and risk factors of the post-stroke seizures and epilepsy - Alla Guekht (Russian Federation)
  • Stroke patients with epilepsy: comorbidities complicating the patients and doctor’s life - Simona Lattanzi (Italy)
  • Paediatric stroke and seizures: genetic implications - Johan Zelano (Sweden)
  • Late-onset epilepsy predicts stroke? Why? Francesco Brigo (Italy)

 

Predict and monitor epilepsy after the first epileptic seizure: new tools from EEG and imaging
Co-chairs: Margitta Seeck (Switzerland) & Tim von Oertzen (Austria)

  • Prediction of outcome based on clinical variables - Anthony Marson (United Kingdom)
  • First seizure and new-onset epilepsy: experience from a single centre - Margitta Seeck (Switzerland)
  • Diagnostic yield of advanced MRI imaging in a first seizure setting - Roland Wiest (Switzerland)
  • Advanced EEG analysis in early onset epilepsy vs seizures - Pieter Van Mierlo (Belgium)

 

Recent advances in mobile ultralong patient monitoring using wearable EEG and non-EEG sensors
Co-chairs: Andreas Schulze-Bonhage (Germany) & Ekaterina Pataraia (Austria)

  • Patient aims and needs - how well are they covered by currently available wearables? Elisa Bruno (United Kingdom)
  • Performance of wearables and the contribution of sensor modalities in a sensitive and specific detection of motor and non-motor seizures - Nicolas Zabler (Germany)
  • Contributions of ultralong wearable EEG recording at home to seizure identification and documentation - Wim van Paesschen (Belgium)
  • The next steps – technical improvements and integration of non-EEG and EEG wearables into comprehensive digital patient care - Andreas Schulze-Bonhage (Germany)

 

Clinical neurophysiology for coma prognostication after cardiac arrest
Co-chairs: Andrea Rossetti (Switzerland) & Michel van Putten (Netherlands)

  • Introduction: the interdisciplinary approach - Pia De Stefano (Switzerland)
  • EEG: prognostic value and SE detection - Erik Westhall (Sweden)
  • Postanoxic status epilepticus management - Andrea Rossetti (Switzerland)
  • SSEP pearls and pitfalls - Christoph Leithner (Germany)

 

Safety first-how to use registries for improved treatment with ASMs and patient care
Co-chairs: Cecilie Johannessen Landmark (Norway) & Lina Nashef (United Kingdom)

  • Population-based studies for diagnosis and predictions of risks - Jakob Christensen (Denmark)
  • The use of therapeutic drug monitoring and prescription databases to monitor ASM safety at the patient and population levels - Cecilie Johannessen Landmark (Norway)
  • The use of a prescription registry for surveillance of adherence and success of treatment Hajo Hamer (Germany)
  • Mortality and life expectancy in epilepsy - Claudia Granbichler (Austria)

 

Advances in epilepsy surgery: preventing seizures, maintaining cognition
Co-chairs: Marian Galovic (Switzerland) & Laura Tassi (Italy)

  • Pathologies driving outcome of epilepsy surgery: updates from the European Epilepsy Brain Bank - Ingmar Blümcke (Germany)
  • Neuroimaging and machine learning guided neurosurgery - Marian Galovic (Switzerland)
  • Brain stimulation for epilepsy - Paul Boon (United Kingdom)
  • Predicting neuropsychological outcomes of epilepsy surgery - Sallie Baxendale (United Kingdom)

 

Update in hemispherotomy: chances, challenges, and perspectives
Co-chairs: Susanne Schubert- Bast (Germany)

  • Challenges and updates in hemispheric surgical procedures - Martin Tisdall (United Kingdom)
  • Predicting long-term seizure outcomes - Martha Feucht (Austria)
  • Predicting long-term functional outcomes - Kees Braun (Netherlands)
  • Predicting long-term cognitive outcomes - Christine Bulteau (France)

 

Neuroimaging-guided epilepsy surgery: from science-fiction to reality
Co-chairs: Marian Galovic (Switzerland)

  • Multimodal imaging: localising the epileptogenic zone - Niels Focke (Germany)
  • fMRI: visualising language and memory - Silvia Bonelli (Austria)
  • Structural imaging: guiding the extent of resection - Marian Galovic (Switzerland)
  • Connectomics: disrupting epileptic networks - Peter Neal Taylor (United Kingdom)

 

Advances in neurotechnology of virtual brain modelling and neuromodulation
Co-chairs: Viktor Jirsa (France) & Peter Tass (USA)

  • Transcranial low-amplitude current stimulation in the Galvani project – Giulio Ruffini (Sweden)
  • Temporal interference linked with VEP provides non-invasive effective focal treatment in DRE - Adam Williamson (Sweden)
  • High resolution virtual brain modelling enables electric field coupling for active tissue responses - Huifang Wang (France)
  • Taxonomy of seizure dynamics predicts effects of neurostimulation in epilepsy - William Stacey (USA)

 

Deep brain stimulation in epilepsy: rationale, current research and future concepts
Co-chairs: Lukas Imbach (Switzerland) & Aleksander Ristic (Serbia)

  • State-of-the-art in anterior thalamic deep brain stimulation for epilepsy - findings from a European consensus meeting - Elisabeth Kaufmann (Germany)
  • Location, location, location – effectiveness of ANT-DBS depends on lead location and current targeting - Jukka Peltola (Finland)
  • Responders and non-responders: lessons from multimodal intra-operative neuro-monitoring in ANT-DBS - Lukas Imbach (Switzerland)
  • Novel perspectives: pulvinar stimulation in epilepsy - Fabrice Bartolomei (France)

 

Targeted approach to neonatal seizures
Co-chairs: Federico Vigevano (Italy) & Masa Malenica (Croatia)

  • Neonatal presentation of genetic epilepsy - Roberta Cilio (Belgium)
  • Optimizing investigations for inborn errors of metabolism presenting with early onset epilepsy - Carmen Fons (Italy)
  • Update on ILAE Classification of Epileptic Syndromes with onset in neonatal period - Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom)
  • Italian National Neonatal Seizures Collaborative Network (INNESCO) experience - Paola De Liso (Italy)

 

Gaps and new concepts in neonatal epilepsy

  • Co-chairs: Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom) & Linda de Vries (Netherlands)
  • What is neonatal epilepsy and why does the definition matter? Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom)
  • The ILAE syndrome definitions for neonatal epilepsies - Sameer Zuberi (United Kingdom)
  • Management of neonatal epilepsies: state of the art and remaining knowledge gaps - Renée Shellhaas (USA)
  • Supporting parents of neonates with epilepsy - Maria Luisa Tataranno (Netherlands)

 

Needs and priorities in epilepsy care across ages
Co-chairs: Karen Paro (USA) & Stanislav Groppa (Moldova)

  • Resources and needs for epilepsy care provision in children - Maria Papadopoulou (France)
  • Unmet needs in epilepsy care in the elderly – Akio Ikeda (Japan)
  • Global Health in Epilepsy Database - Karen Parko (USA)
  • Research advocacy: what next? Philippe Ryvlin (Switzerland)

 

Grey matters in status epilepticus
Co-chairs: Stefano Meletti (Italy) & Hannah Cock (United Kingdom)

  • Periodic EEG patterns – Philippe Gelisse (France)
  • Peri-ictal MRI abnormalities - Giorgi Kuchukhidze (Austria)
  • Serum and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers – Giada Giovannini (Italy)

 

Neurophysiological aspects of sleep and epilepsy: is it time for a new era?
Co-chairs: Claudio Liguori (Italy) & Dana Craiu (Romania)

  • Sleep disruption associated with ictal and interictal activity in patients with epilepsy: from neurophysiology to therapeutic issues - Laure Peter-Derex (France)
  • Human brain mapping in sleep can improve seizure diagnosis and treatment - Birgit Frauscher (Canada)
  • Neurophysiology of sleep in epilepsy: what can tell animal model studies? Igor Timofeev (Canada)
  • Circadian sleep-wake cycle in epilepsy: should we study it for improving seizure treatment? – Claudio Liguori (Italy)

 

Opening to new therapeutic targets in epilepsy: sleep and orexin
Co-chairs: Claudio Liguori (Italy) & Guido Rubboli (Denmark)

  • Sleep and epilepsy in adults: sleep improvement for seizure reduction - Claudio Liguori (Italy)
  • Sleep and epilepsy in children: improving sleep and targeting circadian rhythms for seizure reduction - Sanjeev Kothare (USA)
  • Orexin system in epilepsy: a promising therapeutic target? - Kristina A Simeone (USA)
  • The effect of COVID-19 on sleep and epilepsy - Manjari Tripathi (India)

 

Walk on the wide side: established and emerging factors that contribute to variability in patient response to antiseizure therapies
Co-chairs: Sara Eyal (Israel) & Vicente Villanueva (Spain)

  • Variability in patient response to antiseizure medications: an overview - Cecilie Johannessen-Landmark (Norway)
  • The gut microbiota as a novel component to be considered for response to antiseizure therapies - Stefanie Prast-Nielsen (Sweden)
  • Infection, inflammation, and biologics – expect the unexpected Sara Eyal (Israel)
  • How are you feeling today? Mental health and the response to antiseizure medications - Dana Ekstein (Israel)

 

The GABA wave 35 years on: the lessons from GABAergic drugs for future drug development
Co-chairs: Simon Shorvon (United Kingdom)

  • The GABA wave – the story of vigabatrin and CNS-active GABA derivatives in epilepsy - Simon Shorvon (United Kingdom)
  • How vigabatrin, progabide and tiagabine affected the development of new CNS-active GABA derivatives - Meir Bialer (Israel)
  • The current role of GABA derivatives in epilepsy treatment - Reetta Kälviäinen (Finland)
  • How can we develop better GABA derivatives than the currently available commercially? - Wolfgang Löscher (Germany)

 

Outcome measures in persons with intellectual disability, epilepsy, and behavioural concerns: how lived experiences can change our perspectives
Co-chairs: Christian Brandt (Germany) & Rohit Shankar (United Kingdom)

  • A family’s perspective on patient-reported outcome measures - Francesca Sofia (Italy)
  • Patient reported  measures and shared decision-making in persons with epilepsy and intellectual disability  - Christian Brandt (Germany)
  • The challenges and application of high quality care in epilepsy and intellectual disability populations in the UK: a view from a psychiatrist in intellectual disability - Rohit Shankar (United Kingdom)
  • The challenges and application of high quality care in epilepsy and intellectual disability populations in Holland: a view from an intellectual disability (ID) physician - Francesca Schouwenaars (Holland)

 

Seizure forecasting with non-invasive technologies: opportunities for clinical applications
Co-chairs: Philippa J. Karoly (Australia) and Mark P. Richardson (United Kingdom)

  • Tracking Multiday Cycles of Seizure Likelihood - Philippa J. Karoly (Australia)
  • Forecasting Risk from Seizure Diaries - Sharon Chiang (USA)
  • Wearable Sensors for Seizure Forecasting - Christian Meisel (Germany)
  • Outcomes from the ‘My Seizure Gauge’ Project - Benjamin H. Brinkmann (USA)

 

Scalp high frequency oscillations (HFO) as a novel noninvasive diagnostic to improve epilepsy surgery outcome
Co-chairs: Johannes Sarnthein (Switzerland) & Aljoscha Thomschewski (Austria)

  • Scalp HFO in the paediatric EEG: high-density recordings and clinical applications – Julia Jacobs (Germany)
  • Scalp HFO in the EEG combined with MEG – Maeike Zijlmans (Netherlands)
  • Scalp HFO in the paediatric EEG: low-noise neuromorphic detector and clinical applications Georgia Ramantani (Switzerland)
  • HFO vs. spikes in the invasive EEG: which is the best biomarker? – Birgit Frauscher (Canada)

 

The Spectrum of Nursing Care for People with Epilepsy : Contributions and Opportunities in Europe

  • Introduction – The Spectrum of Nursing Care - Patricia Osborne Shafer (USA) and Jane von Gaudecker (USA)
  • Epilepsy Education – the Inpatient Nurse Specialist Role - Ariane Bernier (Switzerland)
  • Challenges of Epilepsy Care in a Pediatric Tertiary Center in Croatia - Jelena Begic (Croatia)
  • Advanced Practice Epilepsy Nursing in the United Kingdom - Melesina Goodwin (United Kingdom)

Full-day Teaching Course: Neuroimaging in epilepsy - what the clinician should know

  • Introduction to neuroimaging in epilepsy.
  • MRI physics, sequence names, and MRI epilepsy protocol.
  • Common epileptic pathologies: temporal epilepsy.
  • Common epileptic pathologies: extratemporal lobe epilepsy.
  • Hands-on session
  • MRI-negative epilepsy. What are the next steps?
  • Other neuroimaging modalities: PET, SPECT, etc.
  • fMRI (task-based) and  EEG-fMRI
  • Diffusion imaging, presurgical image fusion
  • Hands-on session
  • Group discussion/feedback

 

Half-day Teaching Course: Is this a seizure? If not, what is it?
Co-chairs: Alla Guekht (Russian Federation) & Nicola Specchio (Italy)

  • Alla Guekht (Russian Federation)
  • Markus Reuber (United Kingdom)
  • Nicola Specchio (Italy)
  • Lino Nobili (Italy)

 

Half-day Teaching Course: Classify this!
Co-chairs: Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom) & Philippe Ryvlin (Switzerland)

  • Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom)
  • Matthew Walker (United Kingdom)
  • Philippe Ryvlin (Switzerland)
  • Christian Korff (Switzerland)

 

Half-day Teaching Course: Let´s read EEGs together!
Chair: Sándor Beniczky (Denmark)

  • Sándor Beniczky (Denmark)
  • Dana Craiu (Romania)
  • Margitta Seeck (Switzerland)

 

Half-day Teaching Course: Which AED to start with? When to stop?
Chair: Cecilie Johannessen Landmark (Norway) & Jakob Christensen (Denmark) 

  • Cecilie Johannessen Landmark (Norway)
  • Sara Eyal (Israel)
  • Jakob Christensen (Denmark)
  • Herm Lamberink (Netherlands)

 

Half-day Teaching Course: Epilepsy surgery: learn from cases!
Co-chairs: Ivan Rektor (Czech Republic) & Çiğdem Özkara (Turkey)

  • Ivan Rektor (Czech Republic)
  • Philippe Kahane (France)
  • Çiğdem Özkara (Turkey)
  • Kristina Malmgren (Sweden)

 

Half-day Teaching Course: Status epilepticus
Co-chairs: Eugen Trinka (Austria) & Simon Shorvon (United Kingdom)

  • Monica Ferlisi (Italy)
  • Eugen Trinka (Austria)
  • Simon Shorvon (United Kingdom)
  • Julia Höfler (Austria)

 

Half-day Teaching Course: Genetic testing: whom, when and what to test
Chair: Guido Rubboli (Denmark)

  • Guido Rubboli (Denmark)
  • Renzo Guerrini (Italy)
  • Rima Nabbout (France)
  • Reetta Kälviäinen (Finland)

 

Half-day Teaching Course: No response to first ASMs. What next?
Co-chairs: Torbjörn Tomson (Sweden) & Jacqueline French (USA)

  • Torbjörn Tomson (Sweden)
  • Jacqueline French (USA)
  • Andrea Rossetti (Switzerland)
  • Anthony Marson (United Kingdom)

 

Teaching Session: VIREPA Basic & Advanced EEG

  • Elena Gardella (Denmark)
  • Antonio Valentin (United Kingdom)

 

Teaching Session: VIREPA Paediatric EEG & VIREPA MRI

  • Monika Eisermann (France)
  • Stefan Rampp (Germany)

 

Teaching Session: Advanced EEG: source imaging – part 1 (Theory)

  • Sándor Beniczky (Denmark)
  • Pierre Megevand (Switzerland)
  • Stefan Rampp (Germany)

 

Teaching Session: Advanced EEG: source imaging – part 2 (Hands-on)

  • Sándor Beniczky (Denmark)
  • Pierre Megevand (Switzerland)
  • Stefan Rampp (Germany)

 

Teaching Session: Video session – paediatric

  • Ronit Pressler (United Kingdom)
  • Nicola Specchio (Italy)
  • Alexis Arzimanoglou (France)

 

Teaching Session: Video session – adult

  • Guido Rubboli (Denmark)
  • Matthew Walker (United Kingdom)
  • Laura Tassi (Italy)

 

Teaching Session: Immunity, inflammation and epilepsy

  • The immunology underlying of autoimmune epilepsies – Adam Handel (USA)
  • Epileptogenic mechanisms of human autoantibodies -
  • Management of patients with suspected autoimmune epilepsy - Christian Bien (Germany)
  • Autoimmune epilepsy in paediatric patients - Sukhvir Wright (United Kingdom)

 

Teaching Session: Epileptic encephalopathies 

  • Federico Vigevano (Italy)
  • Alexis Arzimanoglou (France)
  • J Helen Cross (United Kingdom)

ILAE Neurobiology symposium: The tales of tau in epilepsy: on treatments, biomarkers and translation
Co-chairs: Aristea Galanopoulou (USA) & David Henshall (Ireland)

  • Targeting tau in epilepsy: lessons from animal models - Sandy Schultz (USA)
  • Tau as a biomarker of epilepsy: the EpiBioS4Rx experience - Patricia Saletti (USA)
  • Tau pathologies: understanding and targeting their complexities - Hilal A. Lashuel (Switzerland)
  • Targeting tau in human epilepsy: why, when, how? - Matthias Koepp (United Kingdom)

Tau protein is a microtubule associated protein that has been receiving increasing level of attention not only for its potential role in neurodegenerative disorders but also for its role in epilepsy and associated comorbidities. Evidence of abnormal tau pathology has been found in humans with epilepsy as well as animal models of epilepsies. Various etiologies of adult or pediatric epilepsies (e.g., due to traumatic brain injury, focal cortical dysplasias and cortical malformations, temporal lobe epilepsy, epileptic encephalopathies) have been linked with tau pathologies, such as hyperphosphorylated tau. Experimental treatments targeting these tau pathologies have been tested in animal models providing valuable insight into relevance of abnormal tau deposits for epilepsy and its comorbidities or consequences. Research into tau-relevant biomarkers (imaging, CSF and blood), both in animals and humans, has also provided insights into opportunities and challenges for the monitoring of disease development and progression in hopes of providing a tool to stop progression.

This symposium will therefore summarize the current state of progress on tau-related research that pertains to key aspects of epilepsies. The session will be chaired by Drs Henshall and Galanopoulou. After a brief introduction of the session by the chairs, Dr Sandy Shultz (Australia) will discuss the preclinical studies that introduced hyperphosphorylated tau in the pathogenesis of epilepsy. Dr Patricia Saletti (USA, junior investigator) will present data from the EpiBioS4Rx multicenter preclinical study on post-traumatic epilepsy on the role of  hyperphosphorylated tau as a therapy target and biomarker of traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. Dr Hilal Lashuel (Switzerland) will elaborate on the structural / functional complexities of tau pathologies and significance for disease progression, spreading across cells and treatment strategies. Dr Matthias Koepp (UK) will finally bring this into a clinical perspective discussing the clinical evidence on why and when tau pathologies may be relevant for human epilepsies, the progress into biomarker use for early detection and monitoring of progression and implications for the design of clinical studies targeting tau for epilepsy and its comorbidities. The discussion will address issues on translation from the preclinical to clinical arena.

The topic addresses important neurobiological aspects of tau research that pertain to clinicians or professionals involved in the care of individuals with epilepsy or comorbidities, as well as to basic / translational scientists. The learning objectives are to:

  • update on the preclinical progress on the role of tau in epilepsy and the potential of tau-targeting approaches for disease modifying and antiepileptogenic treatments,
  • update on the role of tau as a biomarker of traumatic brain injury and epilepsy
  • learn the mechanisms of tau pathologies and relevance for disease progression in epilepsy
  • learn of progress in clinical research on the relevance of tau for human epilepsies and use of in vivo biomarkers for tau pathologies, and implications for testing new therapies for epilepsy.

ILAE- Europe/EAN symposium: Neurology meets epileptology: Hot Topics 2022
Co-chairs: Philippe Ryvlin (Switzerland) & Barbara Tettenborn (Switzerland)

  • Driving and epilepsy – regulations and guidelines in Europe: Uniform or unwordly? Rune Markhus (Norway)
  • Implications of SANAD II for our practical strategies? Barbara Tettenborn (Switzerland)
  • COVID19 and epilepsy – Bernhard Steinhoff (Germany)
  • Status epilepticus: Update 2022 – Markus Leitinger (Austria)
  • Pregnancy, folic acid and antiseizure medications – an update - Marte-Helene Bjork (Norway)

Half-day Surgery Symposium

Co-chairs: Karl Schaller (Switzerland) & Karl Röessler (Austria)

  • How to avoid complications in SEEG. Jorge Gonzalez Martinez (USA)
  • A multimodal brain atlas for combined intracranial electrode monitoring in patients with medically intractable epilepsy - Dennis Spencer  (USA)
  • Current neuronavigation tools in epilepsy surgery - Christian Dorfer  (Austria)
  • Neurosurgeon's role in gene therapy for epilepsy - Dan Curry  (USA)
  • Neuromodulation options in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy- Arthur Cukiert  (Brazil)
  • Insular epilepsy surgery - Alexander Weil  (Canada)
  • How to approach surgical patients with failures – a neurologists perspective? – Susanne Knake (Germany)

Rare and Complex Epilepsies in 2030 and the role of ERN EpiCARE
Chair: Alexis Arzimanoglou (France)

  • Epilepsy Care in Europe: learning from the experience of the European Reference Network EpiCARE - Alexis Arzimanoglou (France)
  • Optimal interaction between the ERN EpiCARE and national reference networks - Reetta Kalviainen (Finland)
  • Evidence based Guidelines for rare and complex epilepsies – Challenges in development, dissemination, education, and training - Masa Malenica (Croatia)
  • A registry for rare and complex epilepsies and the challenges of data sharing – Lieven Lagae (Belgium)
  • EU grants, epilepsy research and ERN EpiCARE – Helen Cross (United Kingdom)
  • ERN EpiCARE and Patient Advocacy Groups - Isabella Brambilla (Italy)

                                                         

Psychiatric Comorbidities in Persons with Epilepsy: Update on Guidelines and Recommendations
Chair: Kette Valente (Brazil)

  • My child's behavior has been a problem lately. Is it safe to prescribe metilphenidate considering his diagnosis of Dravet syndrome?” 
  • Guidelines on treatment of ADHD in pediatric epilepsy - Stéphane Auvin (France)
    Despite the fact that my child's seizures are controlled, she has been sad lately. What can we do about it?" Recommendations on diagnosis and treatment of Depression for Children with Epilepsy - Kette Valente (Brazil)
  • My child's events are not the same after epilepsy surgery. It seems that they are associated mainly with stress. Is it possible?
    PNES in children: Recommendations about assessment and management – Colin Reilly (United Kingdom)
  • My doctor recommended me to take antidepressants but he is not sure. Is it safe for me to take antidepressants if I have epilepsy? What side effects could I get?
    Recommendations to pharmacological treatment of depression in persons with epilepsy – Marco Mula (United Kingdom)

 

Minimally Invasive Epilepsy Surgery
Chair: Vicente Villanueva (Spain)

  • Laser interstitial thermotherapy (LiTT) in epilepsy surgery – Rodrigo Rocamora (Spain)
  • SEEG-guided radiofrequency coagulation (SEEG-guided RF-TC) – Edouard Hirsch (France)
  • Lesion guided radiofrequency thermocoagulation (L-RFTC) – Tim Wehner (Germany)
  • When minimally invasive techniques are not indicated – Mar Carreňo (Spain)

 

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in epilepsy: an interactive workshop on how to interpret and use them in clinical practice
Chair: Francesco Brigo (Italy)

  • How and why to develop a systematic review – Simona Lattanzi (Italy)
  • How to read and interpret systematic reviews and meta-analyses of interventional studies - Francesco Brigo (Italy)
  • How to use systematic reviews and meta-analyses to inform clinical practice and public health policies – Anthony Marson (United Kingdom)

 

Real-time processing of brain biosignals; applied to epileptiform discharges, behavior, and cognition
Chair: Heinz Krestel (Switzerland)

  • State of the art of machine learning algorithms for real-time biosignal processing, advantages, disadvantages, potential applications – Diyuan Lu (Germany)
  • Brain-computer interfaces and its latencies – Heinz Krestel (Switzerland)
  • Detection of transient cognitive impairment in dementia evaluation – Justina Rackauskaite (Switzerland)
  • Detection of transient cognitive impairment in fitness-to-drive evaluation - Heinz Krestel (Switzerland)

 

Climate change and epilepsy: what to know and what to do?
Chair: Sanjay Sisodiya (United Kingdom)

  • Climate change: personal experience – Galia Wilson (United Kingdom)
  • What can we do? The experience of epilepsy climate change – Simona Balestrini (Italy)

 

Evolution of trial designs to improve treatment availability for infants: a regulatory opportunity/challenge
Chair: Stéphane Auvin (France)

  • Overview of previous ASM trials in infants – Dennis Dlugos (USA)
  • History of extrapolation of efficacy of ASM from adults to pediatrics – Jacqueline French (USA)
  • Epidemiology and clinical characteristics of infantile epilepsies – Helen Cross (United Kingdom)
  • Future designs for ASM trials in infants - Stéphane Auvin (France)

 

Personalising antiseizure treatment
Chair: Jan Novy (Switzerland)

  • Predicting treatment efficacy – Chantal Depondt (Belgium)
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring – Jan Novy (Switzerland)
  • Inflammatory biomarkers – Annamaria Vezzani (Italy)
  • Treatment emergent adverse events – Norman Delanty (Ireland)

 

Epilepsy Nursing: Local to Global Connections
Chair: Karen Legg (Canada)

  • Nursing and the ILAE – Marielle Prevos-Morgant (Switzerland)
  • Current ILAE nursing section initiatives: Needs Assessment – Jane von Gaudecker (USA)
  • Nursing roles In epilepsy care – Yvonne Leavy (United Kingdom)
  • Current ILAE nursing section initiatives: nursing curriculum development – Patty Osborne-Shafer (USA)

 

From cell to biomarker – renaissance of EEG?
Chairs: Caroline Neuray (Austria)  & Christos Lisgaras (USA)

  • We did it! Demonstrating the path from cell to scalp - Christos Lisgaras (USA)
  • But are we there yet? Current evidence for use of EEG-derived features as biomarkers – Tommaso Fedele (Germany)
  • Stay calm! Limitations of EEG-use as biomarkers – Julia Jacobs-LeVan (Canada)

 

Reproductive hormones and epilepsy
Chair: Bruna Nucera (Italy)

  • The influence of the ovaric cycle on seizure occurrence: focus on catamenial epilepsy - Bruna Nucera (Italy)
  • Reproductive health in people with epilepsy: fertility and infertility – Ewa Czapinska-Ciepiela (Poland)
  • Changes in seizure frequency and antiseizure therapy during pregnancy and breastfeeding – Barbara Mostacci (Italy)
  • Sex differences in characteristics of idiopathic generalized epilepsies – Ali Asadi-Pooya (Iran)

 

EEC Forum: Epilepsy and employment -  limitations and solutions
Chair: Markus Leitinger (Austria)

  • Epilepsy and employment: the many influencing factors and perspectives – Beata Majkowska-Zwolińska (Poland)
  • Epilepsy surgery and employment – social and psychological similarities? – Mirja Steinbrenner (Germany)
  • The stratification of workplaces and the information compartment model - Markus Leitinger (Austria)

 

EEC Forum: SUDEP - an uncomfortable but necessary discussion
Co-chairs: Adam Strzelczyk (Germany) & Luis Miguel Aras (Spain)

  • Introduction and Welcome - Luis Miguel Aras (Spain)
  • SUDEP, sleep and monitoring: Cohort study of Dravet patients and caregivers from Germany - Adam Strzelczyk (Germany)
  • Recent update on SUDEP research and prevention – Phillippe Ryvlin (Switzerland)
  • How to talk with families about SUDEP - TBC
  • Round table and final discussion

Symposium of Excellence in Epileptology 

Co-chairs: Eugen Trinka (Austria) & Matthew Walker (United Kingdom)   

  • Discovery and development of new antiepileptic drugs; what did I learnt from unsuccessful attempts - Meir Bialer (Israel)   
  • Capturing brain impairment in the early stages of human epilepsy – Simon Keller (United Kingdom) 
  • Advanced neurophysiology for epilepsy surgery - Maeike Zijlmans (Netherlands) 

 

Award Symposium: Epilepsia Prize 2022 - Basic Science 

Co-chairs: Astrid Nehlig (France) & Michael Sperling (USA) 

 

Award Symposium: Epilepsia Open Prize 2022 – Clinical 

Chair: Aristea Galanopoulou (USA)  

 

Award Symposium: Epilepsia Prize 2022 – Clinical 

Co-chairs: Astrid Nehlig (France) & Michael Sperling (USA)  

 

Award Symposium: Epileptic Disorders Prize 2022 

Chair: Sándor Beniczky (Denmark)  

  • Transient infant movements (TIM): frequent infant non-pathological developmental motor phenomena - Ludovica Maria Piscitello (Italy) 

 

 

Adult Epileptology 1 

  • A library of quantitative markers of seizure severity: distinguishing between seizure types and detecting circadian modulation. - Sarah Jane Gascoigne (United Kingdom) 
  • Prognosis of structural acute symptomatic seizures – a prospective observational study - Bernd Vorderwülbecke (Germany) 
  • “Benign” EEG for prognostication of favorable outcome after cardiac arrest: a reappraisal - Helene Fenter (Switzerland) 
  • Seizure detection using subcutaneous ECG during video-EEG-monitoring and home monitoring; a prospective, proof-of-concept study. - Jesper Jeppesen (Denmark) 
  • Reduced REM sleep: a potential biomarker for diagnosing epilepsy at epilepsy monitoring units - Stefan Wolking (Germany) 
  • EXPLORATORY STUDY OF BLOOD BIOMARKERS IN PATIENTS WITH POST-STROKE EPILEPSY - Laura Abraira (Spain) 

 

Adult Epileptology 2 

  • Ictal semiology of epileptic seizures with insular and temporal genesis - Eva Martinez-Lizana (Germany) 
  • Is drug resistant temporal lobe epilepsy in fact a neurodegenerative disorder? - Eva Zatloukalova (Czech Republic) 
  • Risk of epilepsy after a single unprovoked seizure in individuals after traumatic brain injury - Markus Karlander (Sweden) 
  • Determinants of Medication adherence in people with Epilepsy: a multicentric, cross-sectional and observational study - Flavia Narducci (Italy) 
  • Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis:clinical, radiological, electrophysiological and neuropsychological aspects - Giacomo Evangelista (Italy) 
  • Sleep architecture, interictal epieptiform discharges and sleep co-morbidities in patientswith progressive myoclonus epilepsy type 1 (EPM1) - Jelena Hyppönen (Finland) 

 

 

Adult Epileptology 3 

  • Pharmacological treatment influences multidien cycles in focal epilepsy - Cecilia Friedrichs-Maeder (Switzerland) 
  • Awareness alteration in focal epilepsy is related to loss of signal complexity and information processing - NADA EL YOUSSEF (France) 
  • EFFICACY OF PERAMPANEL IN NOCTURNAL SEIZURES IN ADULT PATIENTS WITH EPILEPSY - Samuel López Maza (Spain) 
  • Cavum Septum Pellucidum on MRI is a marker of generalised convulsive epilepsy. - Emma Dolan (Ireland) 
  • Psychiatric and cognitive adverse events of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) monotherapy on adults with focal seizures: Results from a randomized, double-blind, active-controlled study and a 2-year open-label extension study. - Sophie Dupont (France) 
  • Duration of postictal impaired awareness after bilateral tonic-clonic seizures: EEG and patient characteristics - Masud Seyal (United States) 

 

 

Basic Science 

  • Understanding the gene expression diurnal rhythmicity in experimental epileptogenesis - Cristina Reschke (Ireland) 
  • Role of myeloid differentiation response 88 protein in seizures and cognition in autoimmune encephalitis - Olga Taraschenko (United States) 
  • Hippocampal area CA2 as a novel therapeutic target in epilepsy - Christos Panagiotis Lisgaras (United States) 
  • Investigation of second hit hypothesis in DEPDC5 and TSC double mutant zebrafish: a phenotypic and transcriptomic analysis - Ann-Sofie De Meulemeester (Belgium) 
  • Closed-loop control of neuronal network excitability using adenosine photopharmacology - Robrecht Raedt (Belgium) 
  • Reflections of very high-frequency oscillations (>500Hz) in routine stereo-EEG - Zuzana Vašíčková (Czech Republic) 

 

 

Clinical Neurophysiology 1 

  • Open Access EEG Data Via DICOM Standard - Johannes Koren (Austria) 
  • Detecting Interictal Discharges in Ultra Long-term Subcutaneous Electroencephalography - Asbjoern W. Helge (Denmark) 
  • Brain networks functional connectivity changes after stereotactic thermocoagulation in drug-resistant epilepsy patients - Sara F. Simula (France) 
  • A Retrospective Study of the Correlation Between Duration of Monitoring in Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Diagnostic Yield. - Mohammad Hijaz Adenan (Ireland) 
  • Refining epileptogenic high-frequency oscillations using deep learning: a reverse engineering approach - Hiroki Nariai (United States) 
  • Is ultra long-term subcutaneous EEG a game changer in future management of epilepsy? - Line Sofie Remvig (Denmark) 

 

 

Clinical Neurophysiology 2 

  • Patient-specific seizure forecasting using minimally-invasive subcutaneous EEG - a multicenter cohort analysis - Pedro F. Viana (United Kingdom) 
  • Quantitative analysis of EEG frequency composition in STXBP1developmental epileptic encephalopathy - Alberto Cossu (Denmark) 
  • Epileptic Spasms are associated with increased SEEG derived functional connectivity in tuberous sclerosis complex – Sylvain Rheims (France) 
  • Generalised epileptic fast activity is a biomarker for changes in seizure frequency in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome - Linda Dalic (Australia) 
  • ENCEVIS Automatic Seizure Detection - Evaluation in the setting of Epilepsy Monitoring Unit - Aleksandre Tsereteli (Georgia) 
  • What is the optimal duration of home-video-EEG monitoring for patients with less than daily seizures? A practical simulation study - Dana Ekstein (Israel) 

 

 

Drug Therapy 1 

  • A cohort study of pyridoxine or pyridoxal-5-phosphate treatment for seizures in glycosylphosphatidylinositol deficiency - Allan Bayat (Denmark) 
  • Long-Term Perampanel Monotherapy and Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Newly Diagnosed/Currently Untreated Recurrent Focal-Onset Seizures: FREEDOM Study 342 Extension Phase - Ji Hyun Kim (Korea, Republic of) 
  • Safety, Pharmacokinetics (PK), and Cerebrospinal (CSF) Exposure Data from the Ongoing Phase 1/2a MONARCH Study of STK-001, an Antisense Oligonucleotide (ASO), in Children and Adolescents with Dravet Syndrome (DS) - Linda Laux (United States) 
  • Psychological assessment prior to and after switch from levetiracetam to brivaracetam: a controlled questionnaire study - Bernhard Steinhoff (Germany) 
  • Real-World Experience of Perampanel Monotherapy in Epilepsy Patients with Focal-Onset and Generalised-Onset Seizures - Taoufik Alsaadi (United Arab Emirates) 
  • Perampanel for the Treatment of Patients with Idiopathic Generalised Epilepsy in Clinical Practice - Eugen Trinka (Austria) 

 

Drug Therapy 2 

  • D-galactose supplementation for the treatment of patients with mild malformation of cortical development with oligodendroglial hyperplasia in epilepsy (MOGHE): an interim analysis of a proof-of-concept trial - Angel Aledo-Serrano (Spain) 
  • Perampanel in rare genetic epilepsies- is there a targeted effect? - Angelo Russo (Italy) 
  • Treatment of Status Epilepticus in Poststroke Epilepsy with Last Generation Anti-Seizure Medication - Yaroslav Winter (Germany) 
  • Effect of Add-on Cannabidiol on Seizure Frequency and Seizure-Free Intervals in Patients With Seizures Associated With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex: Phase 3 Trial GWPCARE6 Post-Hoc Analysis - Farhad Sahebkar (United States) 
  • Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Perampanel Monotherapy in Patients with Newly Diagnosed/Currently Untreated Recurrent Focal-Onset Seizures: FREEDOM Study 342 Extension Phase - Takamichi Yamamoto (Japan) 
  • Stiripentol efficacy and tolerability for drug-resistant epilepsy treatment in tuberous sclerosis complex - Gewalin Aungaroon (United States) 

 

 

Epidemiology 

  • The influence of comorbidity on mortality in patients with epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures ​ - Wendyl D'Souza (Australia) 
  • Adherence patterns in antiseizure medications influencing the risk of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy: a data linkage study using dispensed prescriptions - Wendyl D'Souza (Australia) 
  • Risk factors for nodding syndrome and other forms of epilepsy in northern Uganda: a case-control study - Nolbert Gumisiriza (Uganda) 
  • Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in persons younger than 50 years – a retrospective nationwide cohort study in Denmark - Marius Kløvgaard (Denmark) 
  • The COVID-19 Pfizer BioNTech mRNA Vaccine and the Frequency of Seizures - Lilach Goldstein (Israel) 

 

 

Epilepsy Surgery 

  • Tailored epilepsy surgery with high frequency oscillations versus spikes in intra-operative electrocorticography; results of the RCT HFO trial - Maryse van 't Klooster (Netherlands) 
  • Online Calculator for Seizure Freedom Following Pediatric Hemispherectomy: A post hoc analysis of the HOPS study - Evan Dimentberg (Canada) 
  • Effects of anterior temporal lobe resection on cortical morphology - Karoline Leiberg (United Kingdom) 
  • Why patients with drug resistant focal epilepsy decline further diagnostics and resections following presurgical assessment – a prospective study - Mirja Steinbrenner (Germany) 
  • Seizure outcome prediction after pediatric epilepsy surgery:a Brain machine learning approach - Chiara Pepi (Italy) 
  • Epilepsy surgery in the first six months of life: A systematic review and meta-analysis - Konstantin L. Makridis (Germany) 

Congress Begins

263Days : 10Hours : 15Minutes : 33Seconds

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27 May, 2022

Congress Begins

9 July, 2022

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