Special Issue of the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology published following Epilepsy Research UK 2019 Workshop

In March 2019 ERUK hosted an International Expert Workshop on Epilepsy and Neurodevelopmental Disorders that brought together leading experts from institutions around the world working in neuroscience and epilepsy research. At the workshop, experts presented new research, introduced novel concepts, forged collaborations, and identified ways to further epilepsy research and clinical management.

To ensure the learnings from the workshop are shared widely, a ‘Special Issue’ of the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology (EJPN) has been published comprising a collection of exclusive reviews and original papers arising from the Workshop. The knowledge and recommendations generated at the workshop will now reach the international paediatric neurology and wider epilepsy research communities. The aim of sharing the presentations and discussions from the workshop is to inform and inspire much-needed future research in this field.

The contents of the EJPN Special Issue span the whole spectrum of epilepsy research, including articles on lab-based basic science models of epilepsy, genetic epilepsies, big patient data, and medical and surgical therapies. Contributing authors include ERUK President Professor Helen Cross, Professor Ingrid Scheffer from the University of Melbourne, Professor Dennis Lal from the Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University, and Professor Scott Baraban from the University of California, San Francisco.

Neuroscience is providing unprecedented insights into the causes and cellular physiology underlying the epilepsies, which in turn is driving the development of novel therapies including those targeting genetic causes. The 2020s will bring these innovative precision treatments to our patients with the aim of addressing both epileptic seizures and their associated neurodevelopmental disorders.
Professor Sameer Zuberi

Building on the learning from this workshop, ERUK has subsequently announced two co-funded fellowships; the ERUK & Autistica Fellowship Award aiming to address epilepsy in autistic people, and the ERUK & Young Epilepsy Fellowship Award which aims to address paediatric epilepsy. Shortlisted applications for the ERUK & Autistica Fellowship Award are currently being considered by the SAC, whilst preliminary applications for the ERUK & Young Epilepsy Fellowship Award will be invited from 18th May 2020. You can read more about this joint fellowship here.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the delegates who contributed to this Special Issue, to the 2019 Workshop co-chairs Professor Sameer Zuberi, Professor Stuart Cobb, and Professor Oscar Marin for their curation of the event.

Read more about the ERUK International Expert Workshop on Epilepsy and Neurodevelopmental Disorders here.

The European Journal of Paediatric Neurology is the official journal of the European Paediatric Neurology Society. Under the guidance of a prestigious international editorial board, this multi-disciplinary journal published exciting clinical and experimental research in this rapidly expanding field. Find the link to the journal here.