The aim of the 3-year cycle EPIPED training course, endorsed between others by the ERN EPICARE, the ILAE EUROPE and the EPNS, is to reduce the geographical and knowledge gap by providing neurologists and child neurologists involved in epilepsy care the opportunity for a regular update on best treatment practices in children with epilepsies.
The concept of EPIPED is based on a 3-year cycle of independent annual training courses, developed specifically for child neurologists, physicians and epilepsy nurses caring for patients with epilepsy.
A limited number of plenary interactive sessions cover different aspects of treatment strategies in children with all types of epilepsies, particularly the rare and complex ones. Topics treated are related to pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, genetics, analysis of AED trials, design of clinical trials, pre-surgical evaluation, optimal choice of AEDs, review of existing guidelines (ILAE, NICE, other), data on ketogenic diet, neurostimulation, indications for resective and palliative surgery, pharmacological treatments other than with AEDs, update on the development of targeted therapies. This link gives you access to the full program of the 3 years cycle: https://www.epiped-course.com/PROGRAM_a24.html
An important number of interactive modules allow participants, limited to 10-15 per group, to discuss with experts regarding the best clinical practices and therapeutic strategies. Participants, limited to 40-45, are offered the opportunity to also bring their own clinical cases for discussion of optimal treatment approaches. This educational activity is addressing the corresponding learning objectives of the ILAE curriculum (Blümcke et al 2019).