XVI Workshop on Neurobiology of Epilepsy (WONOEP 2022)

Early onset epilepsies: neurobiology and novel therapeutic strategies

Talloires, France

4 - 8 July 2022

WONOEP XVI, a satellite event of the 14th ILAE European Epilepsy Congress, will take place at Talloires, France. The main topic of WONOEP XVI is “Early onset epilepsies: neurobiology and novel therapeutic strategies”. The overall purpose of WONOEP XVI will be to provide novel insights on early onset epilepsies, underlying neurobiology and strategies towards the development of new treatments.

This will include novel insights into brain development, and how its dysfunction may lead to epilepsy and its comorbidities; the role of genetic factors, in particular somatic mosaicism, in focal malformations of cortical development; the discussion on relevant disease models, including brain organoids and experimental models, and their contribution to a better understanding of developmental epileptogenic processes; the development of improved diagnostic tools for the localization of the epileptogenic zone in structural epilepsies; novel therapeutic strategies for precision treatments. Both preclinical and clinical studies will be considered.

Abstract submission opens on 30 November 2021 and closes on 7 Feburary 2022. Abstracts of 300 words or less should be submitted through our online submission system.

Applicants should submit abstracts of their work that address the following session themes:

  • Session A: Factors leading to abnormal brain development and early onset epileptogenesis and comorbidity development.
  • Session B: What are the genetic factors and role of somatic mosaicism?
  • Session C: Modeling early onset epilepsies.
  • Session D: Advanced tools for the diagnosis of structural epileptogenic substrates.
  • Session E: Targeted therapy development.

A maximum of 40 abstracts strictly related to the main topic will be selected a­­­nd the authors will be invited to WONOEP in February 2022. Lodging and meals will be provided to the selected participants. Travel costs will not be supported. A WONOEP registration fee of 100 Euros is applied to all selected participants which should be paid before 8 April 2022. However the WONOEP registration fee will be waived if the invited authors also submit an abstract, present or register for the 2022 ILAE European Epilepsy Congress in Geneva.

Requests for bursaries for travel expenses may be considered after notification of abstract selection, for selected investigators invited to participate in the WONOEP and depending on funding availability.

Participants in this face-to-face workshop will be limited to individuals who are fully and up-to-date vaccinated for COVID-19 with eligible vaccines and according to the following guidelines:
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/

WONOEP 2022 is organized by the WONOEP Task Force of the ILAE Neurobiology Commission and the Neurobiology Commission of the ILAE.

Scientific Organizing Committee: Stéphane Auvin, Stéphanie Baulac, Aristea S. Galanopoulou, Terence O’Brien, David Henshall, Özlem Akman, Raman Sankar

For WONOEP queries please contact: wonoep@ilae.org