ICNA Educational meeting in Peru Nov 2015

Under the auspices of ICNA, a Peruvian educational meeting was held on November 9 and 10th, 2015, in Lima. Dr. Pilar Medina was our host. She was able to get enough funds to bring together 60 neurologists from all over the country. The meeting took place at the Hotel Business Tower in San Borja district, Lima. The room remained crowded during the two-day event, from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm.

Four sessions were carried out: movement disorders, epilepsy, metabolic diseases and demyelinating diseases. Experts in the field gave the lectures, followed by a discussion of a couple of cases presented by the local neurologists.

Dr. Ingrid Tein, president of ICNA, was one of the course teachers. Her talks were: Approach to Neonatal Metabolic Encephalopathies: Investigation and Treatment; Approach to Epilepsy in Mitochondrial Disorders; Update on Treatments in Mitochondrial Disorders; Approach to Metabolic Myopathies and Recurrent Myoglobinuria.

Dr. Marilisa M. Guerreiro from Brazil gave the following lectures: Advances in the Diagnosis of Refractory Epilepsy in Children: Neuroimaging (Malformations of cortical development, Developmental tumors, Temporal lobe epilepsy); Advances in the Diagnosis of Children with Epilepsy: EEG (Continuous spike and wave during sleep and Landau-Kleffner syndrome); Cognitive Comorbidity of Epilepsy in Children; Epileptic Encephalopathies: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Dr. Marcelo Masruha Rodrigues, current president of Brazilian Child Neurology Society, gave the following lectures: Diagnostic evaluation of children with movement disorders; Diagnosis and management of disorders of catecholamine synthesis and transport; Nonepileptic paroxysmal disorders in children.

Dr. Silvia Tenembaum from Argentina gave the following lectures: Advances in the diagnosis of acquired inflammatory/demyelinating disorders; AQP4- and MOG-antibodies-associated inflammatory disorders in children; Update on treatment of ADEM, multiple sclerosis, and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders in children; Differential diagnosis of inflammatory/demyelinating disorders in children.

This was a very successful meeting. Both participants and teachers enjoyed very much the close relationship and the possibility of exchanging experiences. The excellent level of the Peruvian Child Neurology community impressed us.

The speakers were very well looked after and we had the chance to enjoy some of the delicious Peruvian cuisine.
I would like to express my sincere thankfulness to Dr. Pilar Medina and the speakers who propitiated such a wonderful meeting.


Marilisa M. Guerreiro
Professor of Child Neurology
Department of Neurology
FCM - University of Campinas (Unicamp)
Campinas - SP -Brazil

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