Welcome to the European Paediatric Neurology Society

Welcome to the European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS)! A society for physicians with a research or clinical interest in Paediatric Neurology.

With more than 1,000 members, the EPNS is a thriving and growing society which continues to play an important role in and beyond Europe by promoting training, clinical care and scientific research in the field of Paediatric Neurology.
It is an honour for me to serve as the President of the EPNS for a further term (2014-2018) and it is with delight that I see the EPNS drive forward from strength to strength in attaining its aims. Our dynamic members of the EPNS Board are  dedicated to developing paediatric neurology, to give training and education to our younger colleagues at the highest level and to start new scientific and vibrant collaborations throughout Europe and beyond. Please take a moment to look at our 1st Annual EPNS report to learn about our recent achievements.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our exciting events and initiatives, and there is more to come! I would especially draw your attention the ‘Education and Training’ section to learn more about our training courses taking place in Hungary during 2015-2017, the EPNS Visiting Teacher scheme and our EPNS Fellowship scheme. The application period for our next tranche of EPNS Fellowships is now in progress and I invite you to visit EPNS Fellowship News to learn more about the fellowships which have taken place since 2014. Furthermore, registration for the EPNS Training Course in Budapest taking place this April is now open.

Please also visit our ‘Research and Science’ section. Abstracts are now invited for the 12th EPNS Congress which will be taking place in Lyon, France, 20-24 June 2017 and registration opens in January 2017. The main theme for our EPNS2017 congress will be: Lifelong course of diseases of the child’s nervous system. Our Congresses are held every 2 years, and in the alternate years we host a Research Meeting. These meetings have an established reputation for excellence and it was also with pleasure we hosted the EPNS Research Meeting in Essen, Germany, this October. Our congratulations to the 2 Research Prize winner. Select EPNS Research Meeting 2016 for more information.

The EPNS is now involved with the bidding process to host the 14th Congress of the European Paediatric Neurology Society  in 2021.

Our EPNS annual subscription fees offer value for money and payments for 2017 are now being taken. Fully paid up EPNS members are entitled to many benefits, including substantially discounted delegate fees at our EPNS Congress 2017 in Lyon. Also we are pleased to continue to offer our new and existing members ONE free copy of ‘Principles and practice of child neurology in infancy’ Please visit http://www.epns.jmre.es/principles-and-practice-of-child-neurology-in-infancy-text-book/ for more information.

Of course if you are not already a member of the EPNS and you are a physician with a research or clinical interest in Paediatric Neurology, we would be delighted to welcome you to our Society. It’s easy to join – just complete our on-line application form. Any queries whatsoever, please do not hesitate to email Sue Hargreaves, our EPNS membership secretary on info@epns.info
Best regards

Professor Lieven Lagae
EPNS President

If you are not already member, please think of becoming one

 By doing so you join a rapidly growing group of like-minded active professionals in our field who are committed to improving standards of care of all children with suspected neurological problems and to collaborating on training, continuing medical education and research. Please visit this link to learn about our current offer to receive a free publication when you join and pay your subscription  http://www.epns.jmre.es/principles-and-practice-of-child-neurology-in-infancy-text-book/

Professor Brian Neville 1939-2016

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of EPNS Honorary member, Brian Neville, formerly Professor of Paediatric Neurology at UCL Institute of Child Health, London 1989-2004, and The Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy 2004-2007, in the early hours of 14th December 2016. He had battled ill health over a long period of time. As the first Chair of Paediatric Neurology in the UK, he set up the first academic department of Paediatric Neurology and Neurodisability at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health (later UCL-ICH). He wrote the training programmes for Paediatric Neurology for Europe and the UK. He founded European Academy of Childhood Disability and was chairman for 12 years, and founded the European Society for movement analysis in children, chairman for 10 years. He was instrumental in establishing the BPNA, of which he over the years was a committee member, secretary and president. Above all, however, he was an extremely caring man, who always thought of the children and their families first and foremost. He will be sadly missed.
Professor J Helen Cross OBE, United Kingdom

EPNS Congress 2017 LYON


Early registration opens in January 2017!

Call for abstracts for the European Paediatric Neurology Society congress which will be held in Lyon, France on June 20-24, 2017 opened on 1 October 2016.

Submit your abstract online for oral communications or poster presentations  www.epns2017.com/  

All sessions of the congress are designed to address, among other topics, the Lifelong course of diseases of the child’s nervous system.

The call for abstracts for oral communications and poster presentations is organized by topics:

  1. Basic Science
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Fetal Neurology
  4. Inflammatory Disease of the CNS
  5. Metabolic disorders
  6. Miscellaneous topics
  7. Movement disorders
  8. Neuromuscular
  9. Neuropsychiatry
  10. Neurorehabilitation
  11. Cerebrovascular Disorders
  12. Neurodevelopmental
  13. Genetics
  14. Neuro-oncology

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EPNS 2017 annual subscription fees

Members of the EPNS are invited to renew their EPNS membership by paying the EPNS annual subscription fee for 2017.

Fully paid up members of the EPNS can take advantage of many benefits, for example, 12th EPNS Congress takes place 20-24 June 2017 http://www.epns2017.com/, and EPNS members who  have paid their 2017 annual subscription fee benefit from significantly discounted member only delegate rates.

For more information about the 2017 EPNS Membership Fees, select the button below.

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EPNS Constitution

This Newsletter of the EPNS reproduces below the final draft of the Constitution and Bylaws of the EPNS, which will be presented to the members of the EPNS for ratification at the business meeting during the 3rd congress in Nice, 7-10 November 1999. The Executive Board and the Bylaw Committee of the EPNS look forward…

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EPNS Training Course 2017: Budapest

registration NOW OPEN

The EPNS has been organising training courses in paediatric neurology since 2003 specifically aiming at trainees but also at qualified paediatric neurologists who want to refresh their knowledge on certain topics. The aim is to cover most main topics in the syllabus over a three-year cycle and to promote contact between individuals in the speciality in different parts of Europe. The course has a highly interactive character and participants are encouraged to bring (difficult) cases to discuss. The current cycle of training courses (2015-2017) is taking place in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary. Select the button below to read more about  EPNS Training Course 2017: Budapest:

4-5 April 2017: Infantile Metabolic Encephalopathies (IME) and Neonatal Neurology

6-7 April 2017: Neuromuscular disorders

ORGANISERS of EPNS Training Course 2017: Budapest

Program Director: Professor Katalin Hollódy, Pécs, Hungary
Head of the Scientific and Organising Committee: Dr Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Members of the Scientific and Organising Committee and training course topics:

Professor Barbara Plecko, Austria: Neurometabolic / Neonatal

Professor Thomas Sejersen, Sweden: Neuromuscular Disease

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EPNS Fellowship 2017

application period NOW CLOSED!

Application period for EPNS Fellowship 2017 is now CLOSED.

For details of our successful Fellowship candidates from 2014, 2015 and 2016 please visit: http://www.epns.jmre.es/epns-fellowship/

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1st EPNS Annual Report

It is with great pleasure that the EPNS Board presents the 1st EPNS Annual Report  providing a comprehensive overview of the activities of the Society during 2016. The Annual Report serves to communicate our accomplishments and on-going activities to all members of the EPNS.

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Research and Science

The main role of the EPNS Research and Scientific Committee is to advise on the scientific programme of the EPNS congress which is held biennially. In addition they provide guidance for symposia or sessions organised, or co-organised, by the EPNS within scientific meetings of other societies. Another important activity of the EPNS Research and Scientific Committee is the development of a European Research Conference in Paediatric Neurology, held every two years.

Education & Training

Courses and bursaries are funded from the EPNS fees paid and any surplus from the EPNS biennial Congress.


EPNS informing you about Meetings, Courses, Congress and events.


Join a rapidly growing group of like-minded active professionals in our field who are committed to improving standards of care of all children with suspected neurological problems and to collaborating on training.


Committee of National Advisers (CNA) & Training Advisory Board (TAB)

Research and Science

The Scientific Committee also organises workshops, usually attached to congresses, aimed at the development of guidelines for diagnosis and/or treatment trials in specific pathologies.

Job Vacancies

Service provided by the EPNS to share information about job positions with interested pediatric neurologists.

Education & Training

The EPNS has a programme of training courses to offer fellows and (young) paediatric neurologists the opportunity to learn paediatric neurology at a level prescribed by the Syllabus of the EPNS, to meet experts in the field and to exchange knowledge and personal experience. These are two-day courses at a location that can be easily reached at a relatively low cost. There will be a written examination at the end of the course. Because of the interactive character of the course, there is an upper limit of around 75 participants.

EPNS Training Course 2016; Epilepsy and other paroxysmal disordersEPNS Training Programme

Courses and bursaries are funded from the EPNS fees, any surplus from the EPNS biennial Congress and by sponsors.

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EPNS Fellowship

The EPNS is delighted to offer the opportunity for fully paid up EPNS members to apply for an EPNS Fellowship. The EPNS Fellowship committee (pictured) comprises of 5 representatives from the EPNS Board.

EPNS Fellowship News

EPNS Training Courses

EPNS has been organising training courses in paediatric neurology specifically aiming at trainees but also at paediatric neurologists.

Training Courses 2016