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Essentials: Epilepsy - A Clinical Update

Monday 20th January 2020

The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ

12.00pm Registration and Lunch, 12.30pm Start and 4.30pm Close


Epilepsy is a chronic neurologic disorder that affects about 50 million people worldwide. Although most people with epilepsy respond well to pharmacologic treatments, about one-third have a drug-resistant form. There is high variability in epilepsy, and correct diagnosis and treatment are fundamental to improve health outcomes (NICE guidelines on epilepsies,

Led by Simona Balestrini, MD, PhD Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy, and Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, this session will provide an overview of diagnosis and clinical management of the epilepsies, including classification, diagnostic tools, pharmacological and surgical treatment options, comorbidities, outcome prediction and contribution of new tools such as advanced neuroimaging and genetics.  

 After attending this course delegates will be able to: 

  • Make a correct diagnosis and classification of seizures and epilepsy 
  • Initiate an appropriate pharmacological treatment according to current guidelines
  • Address comorbidities and other risks, to improve outcome