In recognition of our honorary EPNS member and internationally renowned French child neurologist, Professor Jean Aicardi (1926-2015), the EPNS in partnership with MacKeith Press, has established a series of award lectures. The biennial award recognises a respected and admired doctor who has attained major achievements in child neurology. Recipients of the award must practice in Europe using the countries in the WHO European region. The award presentation and lecture take place at the EPNS Congress which is held every two years.
Professor Francesco Muntoni will present the 4th Aicardi Award Lecture at the 15th EPNS Congress during the welcome reception in Prague on 20 June 2023. Gaining his medical degree in Cagliari, Italy, in 1984, followed by Child Neurology and Psychiatry in 1989, he obtained the Paediatric Neurology specialist registration in the UK in 1994. He now works at University College London, UK specialising in neuromuscular disorders in preclinical, clinical, and translational research aspects. His research on genetics and the treatment of neuromuscular diseases, especially SMA and Duchenne diseases, are an outstanding scientific achievement and the EPNS is both honoured and delighted that he has accepted this prestigious EPNS award.
Professor Muntoni’s lecture will be entitled “Lesson learned developing novel therapies for childhood neuromuscular disorders” and this promises to be the highpoint of the EPNS Congress 2023.
Awards during the Congress
During the Congress three prizes will be awarded: Outstanding abstract, Best ePoster, Best Oral Presentation.
The Awards will be presented during the congress. The three winners will receive a free registration for the 16th EPNS Congress in Munich, Germany.
Eligibility criteria to apply for the Outstanding abstract award
In order to apply for the Outstanding abstract award,
- submitters need to be an EPNS trainee member with paid current year EPNS subscription fee,
- the abstract must report original research not previously published
- and the submitter needs to ‘tick the box’ in the abstract submission tool.
Special Award of Mac Keith Press & EPNS
Mac Keith Press is proud to work with the European Paediatric Society and to co-sponsor the best abstract awards. We are delighted to be able to provide three winners with full access to our course programme – Principles of Child Neurology in Infancy, and Clinical Practice of Child Neurology in Infancy. The winners will have access to both courses for the full 12 months and shall receive their accreditation points and certificates upon completion.
Mac Keith Press aims to improve the care of children with neurodevelopmental disability by extending the knowledge and understanding of developmental medicine and paediatric neurology. We publish the field-leading journal, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, books, and courses in related subject areas.
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