Epilepsy 2017


Welcome to the website for the 16th bi-annual Epilepsy SpR Teaching Weekend.

The teaching weekend comprises a series of lectures, video sessions and informal seminars covering the most important areas of clinical epilepsy practice in 2017. The speakers are all internationally recognised experts in their fields and previous participants have found the teaching weekends both stimulating and enjoyable.

As you will see from the enclosed programme, following the success of the last meeting, this year's lectures will again take place at the stunning Oxford Mathematical Institute. The programme will start at 10:00 on Sat 23 Sept and concludes at 15:45 on Sun 24 Sept.

This course is made possible by educational grants from the Pharmaceutical Industry together with a modest delegate fee to cover the cost of the meeting, including lectures, accommodation and meals shown in the programme, details of which are provided below.

Why Attend?

Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disease in the UK and seizure disorders are seen frequently in both the neurology clinics and on the hospital wards. A sound grasp of the principles and pitfalls of epilepsy management is essential in order to diagnose and treat patients effectively and safely. This weekend course delivers a comprehensive and contemporary approach to establishing a confident diagnosis, selecting and interpreting the most appropriate investigations, choosing the correct medical and surgical treatments and tailoring epilepsy management to specific populations such as the children, women and patients with intellectual disability.


Saturday 23 September 2017

09:30 - 10:00 Coffee and registration
10:00 - 10:15 Introduction & welcome Dr. Fergus Rugg-Gunn
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
10:15 – 11:00 Differential diagnosis
(Interactive Video session)
Dr. Tim Wehner
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
11:00 - 11:30 EEG basics: ictal and interictal Dr. Tejal Mitchell
Cambridge University Hospitals
11:30 – 12:00 Imaging the brain Dr. Fergus Rugg-Gunn
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
12:00 – 12:30 Neuropsychology – testing the brain Dr. Sallie Baxendale
Epilepsy Society and UCL Institute of Neurology
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch in the atrium
MEDICAL MANAGEMENT I Chair: Prof. Philip Smith
13:30 – 14:10 Interactive diagnostic case presentations Prof. Philip Smith
University Hospital of Wales
14:10 – 14:50 Initiating treatment of epilepsy in adults Dr. Khalid Hamandi
University Hospital of Wales
14:50 – 15:30 Managing refractory epilepsy Dr. Rajiv Mohanraj
Salford Royal
NHS Foundation Trust
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee in the atrium
16:00 – 16.25 Management of dissociative seizures Dr. John Mellers
South London and Maudsley
NHS Foundation Trust
16:25 – 16.55 Epilepsy and reproduction Dr. John Craig
Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast
16:55 – 17:25 Status epilepticus Prof. Matthew Walker
UCL Institute of Neurology
17:25 – 17.55 Seizures on a general medical ward Dr. Becky Liu
Royal Free
Foundation NHS Trust
18:00 – 19:30 Drinks Reception in the atrium immediately after the meeting

Sunday 24 September 2017

08:00 Breakfast in the college dining hall
09:00 – 09:40 SESSION 1
1A: Neonatal seizures Dr. Ronit Pressler
Great Ormond Street
1B: Recognising and managing depression and psychosis Dr. Jackie Foong
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
1C: Medico legal aspects of epilepsy Prof. John Duncan
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
09:50 – 10:30 SESSION 2
2A: Benign paediatric epilepsies Dr. Elaine Hughes
King’s College Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust
2B: Epilepsy and cognitive impairments Dr. Manny Bagary
Birmingham & Solihull
Mental Health NHS Foundation
2C: Genetics of epilepsy Prof. Sanjay Sisodiya
UCL Institute of Neurology
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee in the atrium
11:00 – 11:40 SESSION 3
3A: The severe paediatric epilepsies Prof. Helen Cross
UCL Institute of Child Health
3B: Mortality in epilepsy Dr. Arjune Sen
University of Oxford
3C: Managing epilepsy and learning disability Prof. Michael Kerr
Cardiff University
11:50 – 12:30 SESSION 4
4A: Treatment of epilepsy in children Dr. Ailsa McLellan
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Endinburgh
4B: Epilepsy and sleep disorders Dr. Sofia Eriksson
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
4C: Epilepsy and bones Prof. Hannah Cock
St George’s Healthcare
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch in the atrium
13:30 – 14:15 Clinical and EEG features of temporal and frontal lobe seizures - interactive session Dr. Beate Diehl
UCL Institute of Neurology
14:15 – 14:30 The option of surgery Ms. Emma Parrott (patient)
14:30 – 15:30 Surgery for epilepsy, theory and interactive case discussion Mr. Andrew McEvoy
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
15:30 Conclusion Dr. Fergus Rugg-Gunn
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
15:45 Depart

Accommodation & Venue

St Anne's College

Accommodation is offered at St Anne’s college, located in close proximity to the Mathematical Institute. All bedrooms are single, en-suite accommodation. The registration fee includes accommodation on Sat 23 Sept and breakfast on Sunday morning which is served in the college dining hall.

Since the meeting commences at 10.00 on Sat 23 Sept, a limited number of rooms are available at St Anne's College on Fri 22 Sept for those who wish to avoid a lengthy commute on the Saturday morning. This advance accommodation is charged at a standard rate of £96.00 (inc VAT & breakfast) in addition to the registration fee detailed below.

walking distance Maths Institute

St Anne’s College is now fully booked, however we do have a limited number of rooms available in St Hugh’s college, which is only half a mile (12mins walk) from the Math’s Institute.

Kindly note that all accommodation is offered on a first come, first served basis.

The meeting takes place in the Maths Institute which is located on Woodstock Road just 2 mins walk from St Anne’s College. The Maths Institute opened in October 2013 and boasts a range of excellent lecture theatres and meeting rooms which will be used to support the teaching sessions during the weekend.


There are frequent services to Oxford from many parts of the country should you choose to travel by coach or rail.

If you are travelling from Heathrow, there is a direct coach service available to Oxford

The Gloucester Green coach station and the mainline railway station are 15-20 minute walk away from the Maths Institute and St Anne’s College.

We regret that neither St Anne's College or The Maths Institute can offer on-site parking. The public car parking available in the City Centre is limited and expensive, so if you choose to drive to the meeting we strongly recommend using the Pear Tree park and ride service.

See the interactive map below for for the locations of the Mathematical Institute, St Anne's College, Oxford Train Station and Pear Tree park & ride.

Registration & Fees

The standard registration fee to attend the meeting is £230.00 inc VAT (+ card processing charge).

The registration fee includes:

  • Accommodation at St Anne’s College on Sat 23 Sept and breakfast on Sunday morning
  • Attendance at all lectures and parallel sessions
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the weekend
  • An electronic copy of the latest version of the Epilepsy Teaching Notes

Register Now


For questions regarding online registration and/or meeting logistics, please contact the events team via the following:

Email: info@epilepsyteachingweekend.com
Telephone: +44(0)1293 608 750