March 18 – 23, 2008
Brno, Czech Republic
Working Group of Epilepsy Surgery (WGES)
Commission on European Affairs (CEA)
International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)
EUROPEAN PROJECT ON DEVELOPMENT OF EPILEPSY SURGERY PROGRAM (EPODES)
Walter van Emde Boas
Çiğdem Özkara (chair)
Ivan Rektor (local organizer)
The course is organised as part of the European Project of Development of Epilepsy Surgery Programs (Epodes).
Epodes was initiated in 2006 by Prof. Cigdem Özkara in order to stimulate the development of epilepsy surgery in central and eastern Europe. The program is organised under the aegis of- and with funding from the Commission of European Affairs (CEA) from the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and in liaison with the Commissions for Education and for Therapeutic Strategies of the ILAE.
The program will include courses, visiting professorships and fellowships.
The present course is not only the first course of the program but also represents the first practical educational activity.
The course will consist of an intensive 4 day program with alternating face to face lectures, video-demonstrations and case presentations by students as well as tutors.
One half day will be devoted to visits to the Epilepsy Monitoring and Neurosurgical units of Brno University Hospital.
Students will be neurologists or neurosurgeons from centres where there is interest to develop a full epilepsy surgery program but where at this moment there still is lack of adequate expertise, technology and/or resources. Tutors, representing all relevant professional fields, are invited from representative epilepsy surgery programs throughout Europe.
The course program will offer a basic introduction to epilepsy surgery for surgically remediable epilepsies, notably antero-mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) but also extratemporal lobe epilepsies, notably frontal lobe epilepsies in adults and children. Students will learn about the presurgical evaluation with scalp and intracranial video EEG, imaging and neuropsychology, the surgical procedures and the psychosocial and psychiatric issues of surgical patients, before and after surgery.
Although the course can not substitute for practical experience, great emphasis will be put on practical aspects relating to the identification of suitable patients, the possibilities of performing surgery with only a limited (non-invasive video-EEG, MRI, neuropsychology) evaluation the recognition of potential red flags, the indications for additional studies, including intracranial studies and functional neuroimaging.
For this reason these subjects will not only be dealt with in plenary theme lectures but notably during group discussions where students will present and discuss patients from their own practice for surgical options and where tutors will present representative cases in a stepwise format, allowing the students to follow the decision-making process.
Both the student and tutor presentations should be interactive with all group members actively participating in the clinical discussion, the tutor acting as moderator.
Interaction is also to be stimulated during the plenary lectures and during breaks and meals when students and faculty will sit together and students may discuss clinical problems with the faculty or amongst themselves.
Course language will be exclusively English.
No reader will be provided but the students will receive a handout of all plenary lectures.
Students who finish the full course will receive a certificate of participation. The course has been accredited by EUREPA with 55 credit points for the elective “Epilepsy Surgery”.
Christoph Baumgartner (Austria)
Sally Baxendale (UK)
Milan Brazdil (Czech Republic)
Jan Chrastina (Czech Republic)
Alois Ebner (Germany)
Walter van Emde Boas (Netherlands)
Stefano Francione (Italy)
Jan Hadac (Czech Republic)
Peter Halasz (Hungary)
Philippe Kahane (France)
Steffi Koch-Stoecker (Germany)
Viladimir Komarek (Czech Republic)
Robert Kuba (Czech Republic)
Kristina Malmgren (Sweden)
Zdenek Novak (Czech Republic)
Çiğdem Özkara (Turkey)
Ivan Rektor (Czech Republic)
Bertil Rydenhag (Sweden)
Roberto Spreafico (Italy)
Hermann Stefan (Germany)
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Course Programme & Handouts
Address of the Course venue
Vinařská 5, CZ - 603 00 Brno
1st floor – Canteen (lunches)
2nd floor – Congress hall, Meeting room (lectures, groups I & II, registraton, coffee breaks)
Work groups – groups III & IV
NCO NZO Brno
Vinařská 6, CZ – 603 00 Brno
Group III – 2nd floor, room 212 A
Group IV – 4th floor, room 412 A
Koleje Vinařská – Garni hotel Vinařská (Dormitory Vinařská)
Builing no. A3
Vinařská 5, CZ – 603 00 Brno
Hotel Voroněž I
Křížkovského 47, CZ – 603 00 Brno
Overall maps of Brno S (jpeg)
Traveling to Brno (pdf)
Public Transport in Brno (pdf)
Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Özkara
Cerrahpasa Medical School
Department of Neurology
tel./fax: 00 90 212 6330176
Prof. Dr. Ivan Rektor
First Department of Neurology
Masaryk University, St. Anne's Hospital
Brno, Czech Republic
tel.: 00 420 543 182 623
fax: 00 420 543 182 624
TA-SERVICE s.r.o. (congress agency)
Hlinky 48, 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic
contact person: Martin Nesrsta
tel./fax: 00 420 543 211 134