The course was postponed to a later date due to COVID-19 pandemic. In case of unfavorite development, information will be updated at latest on the 31st of January 2021.
11th EPODES Basic 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 mainly basic information including selection of surgical candidates, presurgical evaluation, different focal epilepsies -Surgical techniques and outcome. 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 ILAE Commissions of Epilepsy Surgery and ILAE â€“ Europe.
EPODES was initiated in 2006 by Prof. Cigdem Ă–zkara 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 Commission of European Affairs (CEA) with support of ILAE Commissions of Epilepsy Surgery and ILAE-Europe.
The course will consist of an intensive 5 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.
Prof. Dr. Ă‡igdem Ă–zkara
Cerrahpasa Medical School, Department of Neurology, Istanbul, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Bertil Rydenhag
University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Prof. Dr. Ivan Rektor
Masaryk University, Brno Epilepsy Center and Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno, Czech Republic
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 11th 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.
To download the file with presentation please click here.
Requirements for application
1) Neurologist, pediatric neurologist, neurosurgeon, neuropsychologist or clinical electrophysiologist with interest in epilepsy surgery.
Also junior members of established teams are welcomed.
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.
1000 â‚¬ includes accommodation for 4 nights in a shared double room (Hotel International), meals and course handouts.
1120 â‚¬ includes accommodation for 4 nights in a single room (Hotel International), meals and course handouts.
Bursary information: Please note that the number of bursaries is limited. Should you choose to apply for bursary for this course, you wonâ€™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 application for bursary: 28th February, 2021.
Deadline for all applications: 15th March, 2021.
If you decide to cancel your participation before 19thÂ March 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.
Husova 16, Brno, Czech Republic
1000 â‚¬ (25 000 CZK) includes accommodation for 4 nights in a double room (Hotel International), meals and course handouts
1030 â‚¬ (25 800 CZK) includes accommodation for 5 nights in a double room (Hotel International), meals and course handouts
1120 â‚¬ (28 000 CZK) includes accommodation for 4 nights in a single room (Hotel International), meals and course handouts
1180 â‚¬ (29 500 CZK) includes accommodation for 5 nights in a single room (Hotel International), meals and course handouts
The program of 11th EPODES starts on 12th April at 3:30 p.m. and finishes on 16th April at noon.
We provide small bus transportation from Vienna Airport to hotel Hotel International on Monday, 12th April in the morning (flights till 1 p.m.) and back on Friday, 16th April in the afternoon (flights after 4 p.m.)
Price for bus: 25 â‚¬ (650 CZK) for one way.
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)
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: ÄŚSOB, VĂ˝staviĹˇtÄ› 1, Brno, Czech Republic, for payments in EUR
Account No. 266958101/0300
IBAN: CZ46 0300 0000 0002 66958101
Specific symbol: 7129
Please register for accommodation and fill in your travel details in the form below and send your payment until 28th February 2021.
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).
Brno by plane: Direct flights from London and Munich 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).
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
Brno is situated on the intersection of the D1 (Prague â€“ Brno) and D2 (Brno â€“ Bratislava) motorways.
Husova 16, Brno, Czech Republic
Take a taxi, it takes 30 minutes.
Take the Airport Bus, it will bring you to the Main train station (HlavnĂ nĂˇdraĹľĂ). Then take the tram Nr. 12 (direction â€“ TechnologickĂ˝ park), get out on the second stop (Ĺ ilingrovo nĂˇmÄ›stĂ). Walk along the tram track 200 meters and you get directly in front of the Hotel International.
Take a taxi in front of the Main train station, it takes 10 minutes.
Take the tram Nr. 12 (direction â€“ TechnologickĂ˝ park), get out on the second stop (Ĺ ilingrovo nĂˇmÄ›stĂ). Walk along the tram track 200 meters and you get directly in front of the Hotel International.
Bus station at Hotel Grand (lines of Student Agency from Prague and Vienna)
Take a taxi in front of the Hotel Grand, it takes 10 minutes.
Or walk to the Main train station (100 m) and take the tram Nr. 12 (direction â€“ TechnologickĂ˝ park), get out on the second stop (Ĺ ilingrovo nĂˇmÄ›stĂ). Walk along the tram track 200 meters and you get directly in front of the Hotel International.
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. However, the validation of these tickets is 20 minutes only, but it gives you enough time for getting to the hotel. The price of transfer tickets is CZK 25.
A It is possible to pay your travelling for Brno City Transport by card when you get in vehicle (manual is on its door). Or you can use SMS ticket, text message as follows: BRNO20 (for a ticket for CZK 20 valid for 20 minutes) and send the text to the telephone number 90206.