Child neurology

General information about sub-specialty

Paediatric Neurology (also known as Child Neurology in the neurological setting) is a discipline focused on diagnosis, comprehensive management and research into diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system from fetal life to transition into adulthood. Following the publication of the European training programme in the European Paediatric Neurology Syllabus in 2002, Paediatric Neurology was accepted on the European level as a subspecialty of Paediatrics as well as of Neurology, and it was recognised by the Board of the European Union of Medical Specialties in 2003. However, formal recognition of specialties and subspecialties is a national responsibility, and training duration is variable in different countries.

Child Neurology units are present in tertiary centers (Children’s Hospitals, University Hospitals, etc), where multi-disciplinary activities are available (neurosurgery, newborn intensive care, neuroimaging, neurogenetics, metabolic disease diagnosis and care, etc) and where patients affected with complex and/or rare neurological diseases of childhood are referred. Child Neurology units are mostly embedded in Paediatric Departments; less frequently they are present in Neurological Institutes. Through major academic centres, training programmes and post-graduate research activities are conducted.

The majority of Child Neurologists practise in peripheral centers, mostly related to neurorehabilitation programs, or are involved in activities linked to the long-term care children affected with chronic diseases affecting the nervous system.

Diagnosis and management of epilepsy (and related conditions) are the most frequent activities related to Child Neurology. There are increasing demands on child neurology services for neuroimmune disorders (affecting both PNS and CNS), neurodevelopmental disorders, movement disorders and childhood neurodegeneration.

About the EAN Scientific Panel Child Neurology

The Child Neurology SP may contribute to the educational role of EAN to pave a path to expand clinical neurology practice into selected issues.

A major aim is to integrate the Child Neurology SP within the EAN SPs activities. There are some challenges, mainly due to the small number of neurologists who are working as child neurologists, and an initial goal is to render panel activities more prominent within the EAN. Senior members from other EAN SPs (such as epilepsy, movement disorder, headache, etc) were invited to join the panel in order to improve outputs.

One major goal of future activities is to sustain the issue of Transition in Neurology. We intend to involve the Panel's colleagues to review the state-of-art of Transition in Neurology in their own countries, with the aim of harmonising objectives and methodologies (when possible), in order to improve the quality of life of the patients (and their families) at this critical period of their lives. A document on common strategies to set up transition in neurology will be produced and referred to the EAN Board.

The Panel has contributed to the Scientific Programme at EAN congresses and other EAN educational activities. It has recently organised two Focus Workshops jointly with the European Paediatric Neurology Society (at the EAN Congresses in Paris 2020 and Wien 2021). Group members, including the RRFS members, are strongly encouraged to engage in the activities promoted by the panel and to contribute to the EAN website via the Neurology Update section, as well as publishing relevant papers in peer-reviewed journals dealing with Child Neurology issues.

Management Group

Buerki, Sarah

Co-Chair

Buerki, Sarah (MD)
Zurich, Switzerland
Haataja, Leena

Co-Chair

Haataja, Leena (MD, Prof)
Helsinki, Finland
Erdoğan, Füsun Ferda

Management Group Member

Erdoğan, Füsun Ferda (MD, Prof)
Melikgazi, Turkey
Erokhina, Elizaveta

RRFS Representative

Erokhina, Elizaveta
Moscow, Russian Federation

Management Group Member

Sara, Vila-Bedmar (Pediatric Neurologist)
Madrid, Spain
Simonati, Alessandro

Panel Member (Institution)

Simonati, Alessandro (MD, Prof)
Verona, Italy

Individual panel members

Fuerte Hortigón, Alejandro
Fuerte Hortigón, Alejandro (MD)
Sevilla, Spain
Kozyavkin, Volodymyr
Kozyavkin, Volodymyr (MD)
Truskavets, Ukraine
Matricardi, Sara
Matricardi, Sara (MD, PhD)
Ancona, Italy
Rocca, Maria Assunta
Rocca, Maria Assunta (MD)
Milano, Italy
Shatillo, Andrey
Shatillo, Andrey (MD)
Kharkiv, Ukraine

RRFS Member

Apostolakopoulou, Loukia
Apostolakopoulou, Loukia
Athens, Greece

Partner Society Representatives

Steinlin, Maja

EPNS representative

Steinlin, Maja (MD, Prof)
Bern, Switzerland

Institutional panel members

Afonso Ribeiro, Joana
Afonso Ribeiro, Joana
Coimbra, Portugal
Aulicka, Stefania
Aulicka, Stefania (Dr., Ph.D.)
Brno, Czech Republic
Bojinova, Veneta
Bojinova, Veneta (MD, Prof)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Burkojus, Dovydas
Kaunas, Lithuania
Burloiu, Carmen Magdalena
Burloiu, Carmen Magdalena
Bucharest, Romania
Calcii, Cornelia
Calcii, Cornelia (MD)
Chisinau, Moldova
Chabrol, Brigitte
Chabrol, Brigitte (MD)
Marseille, France
Dambrauskiene, Milda
Kaunas, Lithuania
Erdoğan, Füsun Ferda
Erdoğan, Füsun Ferda (MD, Prof)
Melikgazi, Turkey
EVAGGELIOU, ATHANASIOS
EVAGGELIOU, ATHANASIOS
Thessaloniki, Greece
Ferreira Carvalho, João Nuno
Ferreira Carvalho, João Nuno (MD)
Lisboa, Portugal
Gröppel, Gudrun (MD)
Linz, Austria
Guzeva, Valentina
Guzeva, Valentina (MD, Prof)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Hadjiu, Svetlana
Hadjiu, Svetlana (MD, PhD)
Chisinau, Moldova
Hollódy, Katalin
Hollódy, Katalin (Associate Prof)
Pécs, Hungary
Ivančević, Nikola
Ivančević, Nikola (MD)
Belgrade, Serbia
Jancic, Dr Jasna
Jancic, Dr Jasna (MD PhD)
Belgrade, Serbia
Klein, Andrea
Klein, Andrea
Basel, Switzerland
Kolk, Anneli
Kolk, Anneli (MD)
Tartu, Estonia
Kollár, Katalin
Kollár, Katalin (MD)
Bratislava, Hungary
Kolnikova, Miriam
Kolnikova, Miriam
Bratislava, Afghanistan
Liepina, Lelde
Liepina, Lelde (MD)
Rīga, Latvia
Lossius, Morten Ingvar
Lossius, Morten Ingvar (MD PhD)
Nesøya, Norway
Mazurkiewicz-Bełdzińska, Maria
Mazurkiewicz-Bełdzińska, Maria (MDPhD)
Gdansk, Poland
Miele, Guiseppina
Miele, Guiseppina (doctor)
Napoli, Italy
Nicolaides, Paola
Nicolaides, Paola (MD)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Preisel, Martin
Preisel, Martin
Afghanistan
Sara, Vila-Bedmar (Pediatric Neurologist)
Madrid, Spain
Simonati, Alessandro
Simonati, Alessandro (MD, Prof)
Verona, Italy
Smilowska, Katarzyna
Smilowska, Katarzyna (MD, PhD)
Katowice, Poland
Stefanescu, Emanuel
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Strautmanis, Jurgis
Strautmanis, Jurgis
Riga, Latvia
Sviatlana, Kulikova
Sviatlana, Kulikova (MD)
Minsk, Belarus
Tantsura, Lyudmyla
Tantsura, Lyudmyla
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Topaloglu, Pinar
Topaloglu, Pinar (Dr.)
Istanbul, Turkey
Zettl, Uwe K.
Zettl, Uwe K.
Rostock, Germany