Virtual Epilepsy Symposium 2020

Learnings from the COVID Pandemic: The New Normal

8 September 2020,  16:00 - 18:00 Central European Time

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This virtual symposium features opportunities to gain insights from ILAE experts, learn more about current best practices, and understand how the pandemic will likely affect how we support and manage patients with epilepsy into the future. It is structured to give you maximum opportunities for engagement, with three distinct components:

  1. Pre-symposium case exercise
    When you register, you will be asked about your experiences with COVID-19 and epilepsy, and what you would like to learn. You will then be directed to an interactive patient case, where you progress from clinical examination to diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Virtual symposium
    Panel discussions and brief presentations will be interspersed with opportunities for you to pose questions to the speakers and prompt discussion amongst the panellists on the best approaches to clinical care during the pandemic.
  3. Virtual Epilepsy Symposium microlearning modules
    Short self-paced online microlearnings consolidate main topics from the symposium for reinforcement and to further help you design the best strategy for supporting and managing your patients during this pandemic. Each module stands on its own, but viewing the whole symposium first will provide the most value.

Symposium Agenda

  • Introduction & overview: J. Helen Cross (chair), Julie Hall (Moderator)
  • Neurological implications of COVID-19 & implications on antiseizure medications (ASM): J. Helen Cross, Emilio Perucca, Samuel Wiebe
    • Overview of COVID and epilepsy
    • COVID, antiseizure medicines and co-morbidities in the elderly
    • Dealing with complex epilepsies
  • Pathology: What does COVID-19 do to the brain? Ingmar Blümcke
    • Images of the visible effect of COVID-19 on the brain
    • Discussion about their potential clinical implications
  • Optimizing patient care during a pandemic: J. Helen Cross, Samuel Wiebe
    • Face to face consultations vs telemedicine/remote consultation:
      • How to deal with newly diagnosed patients and follow-up
      • Common practice vs state of the art
    • What EEG services are necessary?
  • Learnings from the COVID-19 situation for future pandemics: Ingmar Blümcke, Helen Cross, Emilio Perucca
    • Digital transformation of learning
    • What will be the New Normal?


J. Helen CrossJ. Helen Cross
Emilio PeruccaEmilio Perucca
Samuel WiebeSamuel Wiebe
Ingmar BlümckeIngmar Blümcke
Julie Hall, Executive Director, ILAEJulie Hall (Moderator)


CME Credit Provided by AKH Inc. CME Credit Provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for Physicians.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Instructions for how to claim CME Credits for the ILAE 2020 COVID Symposium

COVID and Epilepsy

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