Dr Ian Hopkins 1934-2019


It is with great sadness that I report the passing on Sunday Nov 10 of Dr Ian Hopkins, at age 85 years. Ian was Australia's first paediatric neurologist, commencing work in this role at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne in 1967. Ian established neurology services at the RCH, was the inaugural Director of Neurology between 1977-1987, and continued working as a senior neurologist until 2001. Amongst his many achievements, Ian was instrumental in setting up paediatric EEG, video-EEG and epil...
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Early escalation of treatment reduces cognitive impairment and prevents decline in Childhood MS


  Johnen A and colleagues from University of Münster, Germany in a recently published study in the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology suggests that early initiation of highly effective escalation therapies in pediatric patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with reduced cognitive impairment (CI) and may prevent cognitive decline in these patients. They did a cohort study of 19 patients from a single center in Germany with therapy-naive or ß-interferon-treated juvenile MS ...
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Reorganisation of Connectivity of the Brain following hemispherectomy- first study looking at resting-state functional networks

  In a fascinating new study published in Cell Reports investigators from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California quantifying intrinsic functional connectivity in six individuals who underwent hemispherectomy, in childhood. Studies of temporal correlations of blood-oxygenation-level-dependent signal (BOLD) as indirect measures of intrinsic functional connectivity with resting-state fMRI have suggested that a relatively small set of resting-state functional brain networks un...
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PET 1 & PET 2 Courses- February 2020

 PET1 Singapore – Monday 24 February 2020

PET1 Singapore – Friday 28 February 2020

This is a 1-day course, which will be delivered by Consultant Paediatric Neurologists, Consultant Paediatricians with expertise in epilepsy, and a specialist epilepsy nurse. The day will consist of lectures and interactive workshops.

By the end of the of PET1, attendees will be able to:

  • Define: seizure, epilepsy, epilepsy syndrome and be able to provide a simple classification of epilepsy
  • Describe the different seizure types eg absence, myoclonic, tonic clonic, tonic, atonic, focal motor and focal sensory
  • Give differential diagnosis for seizures, and how to distinguish epilepsy from syncopes (simple faints, reflex anoxic seizure, breath holding) and inattention (day-dreaming, pre-occupation)
  • Manage the first seizure event (not status epilepticus management)
  • Appreciate the contribution made by EEG and neuro-imaging
  • Describe the principles of treatment, the indication for anti-convulsants and the well-known side effects of these drugs
  • Offer practical advice for parents and children with epilepsy

For further information and to book your place, please visit the BPNA website via the following link https://courses.bpna.org.uk/

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Frederick Andermann Tribute Symposium

Fred Andermann-1930-2019

 The Montreal Neurological Institute will hold a Tribute to Fred Andermann, who passed away earlier this year. The meeting will be held on December 4/5 (just before the meeting of the American Epilepsy Society). Details of the program can be found at https://www.mcgill.ca/neuro/channels/event/tribute-frederick-andermann-298968 . The meeting will include an international panel of speakers who will address the work of Fred Andermann as well as latest developments in the genetics, evaluation a...
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