ILAE Comprehensive Epilepsy Surgery Course Series
10th EPODES Advanced II
Brno, Czech Republic
20 - 24 January 2020
CONTINENTAL Hotel, Kounicova 6, Brno, Czech Republic
www.continentalbrno.cz

Course description

10th EPODES Advanced II (focused on paediatric and palliative epilepsy surgery) is an interactive course on surgically remediable epilepsies, presurgical evaluation, scalp and intracranial EEG, neuropsychology, imaging and psychiatric issues of surgical patients before and after surgery. EPODES courses are organized in three-year cycles. This year the course will be dedicated to epilepsy surgery focused on paediatric age, palliative surgery and neuromodulation. The program consists of presentations by keynote speakers and case presentations by tutors and students.

The course is organized as part of the European Project of Development of Epilepsy Surgery Programs (EPODES) under aegis and with funding from Commissions of Epilepsy Surgery and with support of ILAE-Europe.

Background

EPODES was initiated in 2006 by Prof. Cigdem Özkara in order to stimulate the development of epilepsy surgery in Central and Eastern Europe, but is now open also for other applicants. The program is organized under the aegis and with funding from the ILAE-Europe and with support of ILAE Commissions of Epilepsy Surgery.

Description

The course will consist of an intensive 4 days program with alternating face to face lectures, video-demonstrations and case presentations by students as well as tutors. Students will be neurologists or neurosurgeons from centres where there is an 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 advanced information about epilepsy surgery for surgically remediable epilepsies in adults and children. Students will learn about the pre-surgical 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 cannot 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.

Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. ÇigdemÖzkara
Cerrahpasa Medical School, Department of Neurology,
Istanbul, Turkey
e-mail: cigdemoz@istanbul.edu.tr


Prof. Dr. Ivan Rektor
Masaryk University, St. Anne's Hospital
Brno, Czech Republic
e-mail: irektor@med.muni.cz

Program Committee

Prof. Dr J. Helen Cross
Neurosciences Unit, The Wolfson Centre
London, United Kingdom
e-mail: h.cross@ich.ucl.ac.uk

Prof. Dr Pavel Kršek
Department of Paediatric Neurology, Motol Epilepsy Center
Prague, Czech Republic
e-mail: pavel.krsek@post.cz

 

Prof. Dr Bertil Rydenhag
Epilepsy Research Group, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology Göteborg, Sweden
e-mail: bertil.rydenhag@neuro.gu.se

Prof. Dr Ivan Rektor
Department of Neurology, St. Anne’s University Hospital
Brno, Czech Republic
e-mail: ivan.rektor@fnusa.cz

Secretariat

TA-SERVICE s.r.o.
(Congress agency)
Hlinky 48, 603 00 Brno,
Czech Republic
Ivana Tarabová,
e-mail: tarabova@ta-service.cz
Veronika Šodková,
e-mail: sodkova@ta-service.cz

Program

The course starts on January 20th and finishes on January 24th.
The preliminary program and the list of attending tutors will be available soon.

Handouts

Handouts of course presentations will be published here after the end of the course. Note that the file will be password protected and the password for accessing the handouts will be sent via email to all students of the 10th EPODES course.

Each participant of the course will be asked to bring at least one open case suitable for topics covered in the course. This will be presented within group work sections - separate schedules will be available on the spot.

Instructions for case reports

Case report template

Registration

Requirements for application
1) Neurologist, paediatric neurologist or neurosurgeon who has a background to establish or run an epilepsy surgery centre. Also junior members of established teams are welcome.
2) All applications must be accompanied by a CV and a recommendation letter from the director of the hospital or chair of the department.
3) Adequate knowledge of English to follow the course and participate in the discussions is needed.

Registration fee: 750 € includes accommodation for 4 nights in a shared double room (hotel Continental), meals and course handouts.
Bursary information: Please note that number of bursaries is limited. Should you choose to apply for bursary for this course, you won’t be able to ask for bursary for other ILAE courses in the same year. Also, priority in getting the bursary will be given to participants who attend the EPODES course for the first time.
Deadline for all applications: 30th September 2019

If you decide to cancel your participation before 5th January 2020 we will refund 70 % of the registration fee. It is not possible to refund the payment after this deadline. Changes or cancellation must be sent to the congress secretariat in writing.

To apply for the course, please use the

Accommodation

CONTINENTAL Hotel
Kounicova 6, Brno, Czech Republic
www.continentalbrno.cz



750 € (19 350 CZK) includes accommodation for 4 nights in a double room (hotel Continental), meals and course handouts

780 € (20 130 CZK) includes accommodation for 5 nights in a double room (hotel Continental), meals and course handouts

870 € (22 450 CZK) includes accommodation for 4 nights in a single room (hotel Continental), meals and course handouts

930 € (24 000 CZK) includes accommodation for 5 nights in a single room (hotel Continental), meals and course handouts

The program of 10th EPODES starts on January 20th at 3 p.m. and ends on January 24th at noon.

Transfer

We provide small bus transportation from Vienna Airport to hotel Continental Brno on Monday, 20th January in the morning (flights till 10 a.m.) and back on Friday, 24th January in the afternoon (flights after 4 p.m.)
Price for bus: 25 € (650 CZK) for one way.

Payment

All the services (registration, accommodation, bus transport) are arranged by course secretariat TA-SERVICE, s.r.o. Please pay the sum of all required services using one of the following methods of payments.
Credit card payment authorization (download here)
or
Payment by bank transfer:
Account owner: TA-SERVICE s.r.o.
Hlinky 48, 603 00 Brno
Id.No: 276 68 436, VAT: CZ 276 68 436

Bank name: ČSOB, Milady Horákové 1, Brno, Czech Republic, for payments in EUR
Account No. 266958101/0300
BIC: CEKOCZPP
IBAN: CZ46 0300 0000 0002 66958101
Specific symbol: 7122

Please register for accommodation and fill in your travel details in the form below and send your payment until 30th November 2019.

Travelling to Brno

Brno is situated about 2.5 hours by car southeast of Prague (250 km) and about 1.5 hours by car north of Vienna (130 km).

By air

Brno by plane: Direct flights from London and Berlin to Brno Airport
Vienna International Airport in Austria is about 1.5 hours drive from Brno.
Prague International Airport in the Czech Republic is about 2.5 hours drive from Brno.
Bratislava International Airport in Slovakia is a smaller airport about 2 hours drive from Brno used by some low-cost airlines.
RegioJet operates a direct bus connection from Vienna and Prague (city, airport) to Brno Railway Station (Hotel Grand).

By rail

Brno is one of the most important Central European rail junctions situated on international routes. Czech Railways operate fast IC, EC connections between Brno, Prague, Vienna and Bratislava.
Bus and train timetables

By car

Brno is situated on the intersection of the D1 (Prague – Brno) and D2 (Brno – Bratislava) motorways.

Travelling to Hotel Continental

Kounicova 6, Brno, Czech Republic

Arrival by plane

Take a taxi, it takes 30 minutes.
Take the Airport Bus, it will bring you to the Main railway station (Hlavní nádraží). Then take the tram Nr. 1 (direction – Řečkovice), get out on the second stop (Moravské náměstí). Walk along the tram track 100 meters and then 200 meters to the left.

Arrival by train

Take a taxi in front of the Main railway station, it takes 10 minutes.
Take the tram Nr. 1 (direction – Řečkovice), get out on the second stop (Moravské náměstí). Walk along the tram track 100 meters and then 200 meters to the left.

Arrival by bus

Bus station at Hotel Grand (lines of RegioJet and FlixBus from Prague and Vienna)
Take a taxi in front of the Hotel Grand, it takes 10 minutes.
Take the tram Nr. 1 (direction – Řečkovice), get out on the second stop (Moravské náměstí). Walk along the tram track 100 meters and then 200 meters to the left.

Tickets for Brno City Transport

All tickets for Brno City Transport can be used for trams and buses. Tickets are available in kiosks and in automatic ticket machines. A transfer ticket allows you to change all tram, bus and trolleybus lines in Brno as you like. The validation of these tickets is 60 minutes. The price of transfer tickets is CZK 25.

A non-transfer ticket is for short distance (without change). The validation of these tickets is 15 minutes only. The price is CZK 20.

Previous courses

Comprehensive Epileptic Surgery Course

21-25 January 2019
9th EPODES Advanced I

Number of participants: 43
To view the program of this course please click here.
To view the list of tutors that attended this course please click here.

Comprehensive Epileptic Surgery Course

22-26 January 2018
8th EPODES Basic

Number of participants: 45
To view the program of this course please click here.
To view the list of tutors that attended this course please click here.

Comprehensive Epileptic Surgery Course

16-20 January 2017
7th EPODES Advanced II

Number of participants: 53
To view the program of this course please click here.
To view the list of tutors that attended this course please click here.

European Advanced Epilepsy Surgery Course

11-15 January 2016
6th EPODES Advanced

Number of participants: 44
To view the program of this course please click here.
To view the list of tutors that attended this course please click here.

European Basic Epilepsy Surgery Course

12-16 January 2015
5th EPODES Basic

Number of participants: 39
To view the program of this course please click here.
To view the list of tutors that attended this course please click here.

European Advanced Epilepsy Surgery Course

13-17 January 2014
4th EPODES Advanced II

Number of participants: 37
To view the program of this course please click here.
To view the list of tutors that attended this course please click here.

European Advanced Epilepsy Surgery Course

22-26 January 2013
3rd EPODES Advanced II

Number of participants: 42
To view the program of this course please click here.
To view the list of tutors that attended this course please click here.

 

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. ÇigdemÖzkara
Cerrahpasa Medical School,
Department of Neurology,
Istanbul, Turkey
e-mail: cigdemoz@istanbul.edu.tr

Prof. Dr. Ivan Rektor
Masaryk University, St. Anne's Hospital
Brno, Czech Republic
e-mail: irektor@med.muni.cz

Secretariat

TA-SERVICE s.r.o.
(Congress agency)
Hlinky 48, 603 00 Brno,
Czech Republic
Ivana Tarabová,
e-mail: tarabova@ta-service.cz
Veronika Šodková,
e-mail: sodkova@ta-service.cz

Program Committee

Prof. Dr J. Helen Cross
Neurosciences Unit, The Wolfson Centre
London, United Kingdom
e-mail: h.cross@ich.ucl.ac.uk

Prof. Dr Pavel Kršek
Department of Paediatric Neurology, Motol Epilepsy Center
Prague, Czech Republic
e-mail: pavel.krsek@post.cz

Prof. Dr Bertil Rydenhag
Epilepsy Research Group, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology Göteborg, Sweden
e-mail: bertil.rydenhag@neuro.gu.se

Prof. Dr Ivan Rektor
Department of Neurology, St. Anne’s University Hospital
Brno, Czech Republic
e-mail: ivan.rektor@fnusa.cz
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