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E-learning modules

The first 6 case studies developped with the ILAE are now available !

Each e-learning module presents exemplarily a patient cases in a highly interactive and self-paced manner, including exercises and quizzes with feedback.

You can try them out here.

Free webinars on rare epilepsies

EpiCARE ERN has launched a series of educational webinars presented by our experts twice a month.

The webinars are free to join from anywhere in the world, although pre-registration is required.

 More information here

EpiCARE: a European Reference Network
for rare and complex epilepsies

The European Reference Networks (ERNs) were launched in 2017. They involve more than 900 highly specialised health care teams, located in more than 300 hospitals in 26 European countries. The main mission of the ERNs is to help patients with rare or low-prevalence complex diseases.

A disease is defined as rare when it affects fewer than one in 2 000 people, is serious, chronic and often life-threatening. Between 5 000 and 8 000 of rare diseases affect daily life of around 30 million people in the EU.

The ERN EpiCARE brings together highly specialized health centres (28 full members and 15 affiliated partners) in 24 European countries with expertise in rare and complex epilepsies.

If you are a healthcare professional and would like to refer a patient to us, or if you are a patient yourself, or a family member of a patient, please get in touch via our contact page.

EpiCARE members

The objectives of the EpiCARE network



To improve accessibility of detailed diagnostics to individuals of all ages with rare and complex epilepsies across Europe, including clinical evaluation and investigation.


Developing treatment

To develop treatment protocols and monitor standardised outcomes of rare and complex epilepsies.



To improve awareness and accessibility to protocols for physicians and individuals with rare and complex epilepsies across Europe for treatment.



To enhance educational activities and training opportunities across Europe by interchange across the network.


Collaborative research

To enhance opportunities for registries, and collaborative research for the benefit of individuals with rare and complex epilepsies across Europe.


11th EPODES – Epilepsy Surgery – Basic
Jan 24 – Jan 28 all-day

The 11th EPODES Basic is an interactive course on surgically remediable epilepsies, presurgical evaluation, scalp and intracranial EEG, neuropsychology, imaging and psychiatric issues of surgical patients before and after surgery. EPODES courses are organized in three-year cycles. This year the course will be dedicated to epilepsy surgery focused on mainly basic information including selection of surgical candidates, presurgical evaluation, different focal epilepsies. And surgical techniques with outcome. The program consists of presentations by keynote speakers and case presentations by tutors and students.

The course is organized as part of the European Project of Development of Epilepsy Surgery Programs (EPODES) under aegis and with funding from Commissions of Epilepsy Surgery and European Affairs of ILAE.

11th EPODES Basic – Annoucement

11th EPODES Basic – Programme

5th Convention “Update in epilettologia” @ Auditorium - Centro culturale altinate San Gaetano
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day

The association “Fuori dall’ombra, insieme per l’Epilessia”, organise the 5th Convention update in epileptology, an important event that aims to educate and inform in order to improve the health and living conditions of those affected by this disease, and to help dispel discriminatory social prejudices regarding the right to study and integration into the world of work.

Programme and more information here. 

EURORDIS Black Pearl Awards @ VIRTUAL
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
EURORDIS Black Pearl Awards @ VIRTUAL

The eleventh edition of the Awards will take place online on TUESDAY, 8th FEBRUARY 2022 from 18:00 until 19:30 CET and will bring together persons living with a rare disease, patient advocates, policy makers, scientists, healthcare professionals, industry representatives, and more.

The February event is an annual awards ceremony launching the month of Rare Disease Day. Since 2012, EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe has organised this event to recognise the major achievements and outstanding commitment of patient advocates, patient organisations, policymakers, scientists, companies, and media who strive to make a difference for the rare disease community.

7th International Symposium on Paediatric Movement Disorder
Feb 9 – Feb 11 all-day

This year, the symposium will be held in a hybrid format (onsite and online). 

Save the date for the 7th International Symposium on Paediatric Movement Disorders which will take place in Barcelona on February 9-11, 2022.

The aim of this event is to pursue the collaborative activities among professionals interested in paediatric movement disorders successfully started in the Symposium 2004.

The best qualified experts involved in paediatric movement disorders will take part in this Symposium.

Programme is available here.

This event is endorsed by EpiCARE.

Epilepsy day
Feb 14 all-day

International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 130 countries each year. Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to acknowledge and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

This is a day for everyone, no matter where you are, no matter how small your group or large your area, no matter whether you focus on the medical or the social aspects of the disease. We want you to help us celebrate International Epilepsy Day! Let’s speak with one global voice.

The Day is a joint initiative by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).

EpiCARE annual meeting 2022
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm

Save the date for EpiCARE 2022 Annual General Assembly to be held in Lyon, France.

More information will be provided soon.

Rare Disease Day
Feb 28 all-day


Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The campaign targets primarily the general public and also seeks to raise awareness amongst policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases.


Building awareness of rare diseases is so important because 1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their life. Despite this, there is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many go undiagnosed. Rare Disease Day improves knowledge amongst the general public of rare diseases while encouraging researchers and decision makers to address the needs of those living with rare diseases.


Rare Disease Day events are down to hundreds of patient organisations all over the world who work on a local and national level to raise awareness for the rare disease community in their countries.

Since Rare Disease Day was first launched by EURORDIS and its Council of National Alliances in 2008, thousands of events have taken place throughout the world reaching hundreds of thousands of people and resulting in a great deal of media coverage. We especially thank our official Rare Disease Day partners, the National Alliances. These are umbrella organisations who group together several rare disease organisations in a given country or region. Click on a logo of one of the National Alliances to go to their website.


The campaign started as a European event and has progressively become a world phenomenon, with the USA joining in 2009 and participation in over 100 countries all over the world in 2020. Some countries have decided to raise rare disease awareness further, for example, Spain declared 2013 as the National Year for Rare Diseases.



The first Rare Disease Day was celebrated in 2008 on 29 February, a ‘rare’ date that happens only once every four years. Ever since then, Rare Disease Day has taken place on the last day of February, a month known for having a ‘rare’ number of days.

On rarediseaseday.org you can find information about the thousands of events happening around the world on the last day of February. If you are planning an event, register your event details on the Post your Event page to get your event listed on the site!


48ème réunion de la Société Européenne de Neurologie Pédiatrique
Mar 17 – Mar 19 all-day

The European Society of Pediatric Neurology is organising its 48th meeting in Lausanne, Swizerland.

The programme is available here.

Estimed members of EpiCARE will be present at the event.

2nd International KCNB1 Conference « Families – Doctors – Researchers »
Mar 19 all-day

The KCNB1 France association is happy to invite you to the 2nd international conference for « Families/ Doctors / Researchers » that will occur on Saturday March 19th 2022 at the Imagine Institute / Necker children’s hospital 149 rue de Sèvres, 75015 Paris, France.
Professor Rima Nabbout and her team of researchers, along with the reference center for rare epilepsies at the Necker children’s hospital in Paris will share with us the progress made with the KCNB1 research program.

The day will be split in two parts:
– 10AM to 1PM: Conference about the progress made with the research program, coordinated by Pr. Rima Nabbout and Dr. Edor Kabashi, and meeting/discussion with other healthcare professionals involved with this pathology.
– 1PM to 2PM: Lunch break.
– 2PM to 6:30PM: Individual discussions « Patient/ Family /Doctor» at the Imagine Institute.
These discussions with families and patients will allow to evaluate each patient’s situation, and to canvass information to help with understanding the illness.
– In the event some families cannot attend with the patient, a questionnaire will be sent to you in early January. It will include questions about medical protocols, the patient’s development, his/her support system etc. It is best that we receive your answers before the conference.

– The speeches will be in French, the presentations will be shared and translated to English.
– For families that are unable to attend, we plan to broadcast the meeting via video conference. We will share the access information at a later point in time.
– Transportation and hotel nights are at the family’s/participant’s expense.
– Lunch will be catered and paid for participants who will have opted in for the day.
– Important : Please provide us with the names and ages of adults and children who will be attending, as well as any specific information regarding their mobility and behavior so we can welcome everyone in the best possible conditions.
– The amphitheater is normally accessible by elevator, but a dysfunction may always happen.
– We will make available an open space for both adults and children (it is not a game room but a waiting space for children), and a consultation room.

3rd International Training Course on Neuropsychology in Epilepsy
Mar 20 – Mar 25 all-day

On behalf of the Neuropsychology Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy, we are pleased to announce the third residential ILAE Training Course in Neuropsychology in Epilepsy.

Set in the beautiful Château de Suduiraut in Bordeaux, France, the course is designed for neuropsychologists and other epilepsy health clinicians to advance their knowledge of neuropsychological approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of people with epilepsy.

Participants will take part in lectures, case presentations, and discussions designed to illustrate contemporary principles of differential diagnosis and case formulation in neuropsychological practice in epilepsy and epilepsy surgery. Course material will be presented by an international faculty made up of the clinicians who are at the forefront of evidence based practice in this field.

With strictly limited numbers and full board accommodation on site, the course provides unparalleled opportunities for participants to build lasting professional networks to support both their clinical and research endeavors on completion of the course.

We hope you can join us, and look forward to welcoming you in Provence.

Sarah Wilson and Sallie Baxendale
Course Directors

Core Course Faculty:
Sarah Wilson (Melbourne, Australia)
Sallie Baxendale (London, UK)
Gus Baker (Liverpool, UK)
William Barr (New York, USA)
Christoph Helmstaedter (Bonn, Germany)
Bruce Hermann (Wisconsin, USA)
Séverine Samson (Paris, France)
Mary-Lou Smith (Toronto, Canada)


Please register in advance as spaces will be limited to 45 participants. Applications must be received by 31 December 2021. We urge that you apply as soon as possible to reserve your place and avoid disappointment.

Applications should include a brief description of your current clinical practice and experience in the field of neuropsychology and/or epilepsy, accompanied by a short CV (no more than 3 pages).

Please send your application via email to Dr Sallie Baxendale. Full payment is not required with the application, but if your application is successful, a depost of $500 will be required to secure your place. Deposits will be refunded if the course does not take place. However if you are unable to attend due to local travel restrictions at the time of the conference, we will be unable to refund course fees. You may wish to consider insurance to cover this eventuality.

Registration fee: 1,750 Euros

This fee covers the cost of all teaching, course materials, five nights all inclusive, full board accommodation and transfers to and from the venue from the air and rail travel hubs close to the venue (Bordeaux International Airport, Gare Bordeaux St Jean).

Some full and partial bursaries are available for clinicians working in resource poor countries. Please indicate in your application if you would like to apply for a funded place.

For more information contact Dr Sallie Baxendale


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