ICNC2022 Symposium: Epilepsy Networks: Seizures, Surgery and Neuronal Plasticity
Chair Lakshmi Nagarajan
Perth Children's Hospital
Speaker Georgia Ramantani
University Childrens Hospital, Zurich
Co-Chair Francesco Pisani
University of Parma, Italy
Speaker Soumya Ghosh
Perth Childrens Hospital
Neuronal networks underpin recurrent seizures in the children with well controlled and refractory epilepsies. Epilepsy duration is known to have a negative effect on cognition, behaviour and seizure outcomes. In this symposium we wish to highlight how understanding epilepsy networks through clinical trajectories, neurophysiology and modulation of brain activity, may lead to optimal early and effective therapy (medical/surgical) for children with epilepsy.
This symposium should provoke thinking about epilepsy networks among the many paediatricians/child neurologists who treat children with seizures. It should raise awareness of the importance of early evaluation and appropriate medical or surgical intervention in children with refractory epilepsy. It should enthuse more clinicians to train in paediatric epileptology.
This symposium will explain the concept and relevance of epilepsy networks. It will stimulate enthusiasm and the desire to be more proactive in the management of epilepsy in children. It will emphasize the importance of early referral of children with refractory epilepsy to specialist epilepsy programs, in-order to minimize the duration of epilepsy.