EPAG – EPICARE Network

The EpiCARE network would develop and deliver highly-specialized diagnostics and care to improve interventions and outcome in individuals with rare and complex epilepsies.

The EpiCARE group, coordinated by Prof. Helen Cross from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), has been recognised as a European Reference Network (ERN) on rare and complex epilepsies.

Dissemination of activities will be core to the network.

NETWORK GOALS

• Full access and utilisation of presurgical evaluation and epilepsy surgery;

• An increase in diagnosis of rare causes of the epilepsies;

• Enhancement of identification of patients with treatable rare causes of the epilepsies

• Increase access to specialized care for rare causes

• To foster research on innovative causal treatments in rare and complex epilepsies.

Attaining Network Goals

With a strategy of collaborative working, sharing of expertise and access to advanced diagnostics EpiCARE anticipates an increased number of individuals with refractory epilepsy to have an underlying diagnosis as a cause for the epilepsy.

By collecting information about where such patients exist, the ERN will be able to collate information on clinical presentation and evolution across the life span, constitute cohorts of these rare conditions and advance the development of clinical trials, utilising innovative trial design for small select numbers of patients.

EpiCARE will also continue to increase awareness and accessibility of epilepsy surgery for carefully selected individuals through a continuation of the core network.

Other collaborations:

Network EURORDIS, ERN – EPAG – Epilepsy Alliance Europe

DRAVET SYNDROME EUROPEAN FEDERATION – Referente Brambilla Isabella

Scientific advisor: Prof. Helen Cross

Time: September 2016- project underway

Facebook page: Epag Epicare

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