International 4EU+ Course on Pathogenesis of Epilepsy

3 November, 2021

International 4EU+ Course on Pathogenesis of Epilepsy website

Course dates: 26 February - 11 June 2022

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What will you learn

The course explores the neurobiology of epilepsy from basic and clinical perspectives. The main objectives of this course are to deepen your knowledge on the pathophysiology of epilepsy and seizure, introduce you to modern research tools that are used in epilepsy research and identify the current challenges and complex issues in epilepsy. After the course the participant will be able to:   

  • Understand the cellular, network, molecular and metabolic processes that characterize the chronic epileptic tissue, epileptic neurons, pathological activity present between seizures and seizures. 
  • Describe how the mechanisms vary in various forms of epilepsy ranging from focal epilepsy to generalized one and epileptic encephalopathies.  
  • Recognize the mechanisms that are responsible for the development of epilepsy. 
  • Understand how various types of lesions lead to the development of epilepsy and seizures.  
  • Understand how brain development and brain aging affect the brain susceptibility to develop epilepsy and the underlying mechanism. 
  • Understand the basic principles of various research techniques and what information they provide to gain insight into the pathophysiological mechanisms of epilepsy.  
  • Recognize how understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms and pathogenesis of epilepsy is relevant for understanding the effect of currently available anti-seizure medication and developing new diagnostic techniques and epilepsy therapy.  
  • Identify the current challenges of epilepsy research 
  • Understand the needs of people with epilepsy and their expectations from the research 

Who this course if for

The course is international, and it will appeal for the following professional and students

  • Undergraduate and Ph.D. students from various research disciplines who are interested in epilepsy research
  • Researchers from academia or industry seeking to upskill in the area of epilepsy research and epilepsy therapy development
  • Clinicians seeking to appraise insights into the basic mechanisms of epilepsy

What knowledge do you need before applying

The course requires participants to have basic background in neuroscience, basic knowledge of neuroanatomy at the microscopic and macroscopic level. The preference will be given to participants who have bachelor level course on neurophysiology, neuroscience or similar topics 


Application deadline: 15 December 2021

Registration: free of charge


The course is the result of close collaboration between the ILAE Commission on Neurobiology, Young Neurobiologists Task Force, Next Generation Task Force and YES, and other organizations and partners.