COVID-19, de novo seizures, and epilepsy

30/09/2022 | Register for the event

In this highly interactive session we will discuss several clinically relevant questions on the association of COVID-19 with epilepsy/seizures:

  • Is the risk of COVID-19 contraction increased in patients with epilepsy?
  • What is the incidence of de novo seizures in people with COVID-19? Clinical cases with variety of forms of de novo seizures in COVID-19 will be demonstrated.
  • Are acute symptomatic seizures frequent in patients with COVID-19 disease?  The risk factors and diagnostic strategies will be discussed.
  • What is the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic on the occurrence of the non-epileptic (functional) seizures?
  • What is the frequency and etiology of seizures in post-COVID condition?

Chair: Professor Alla Guekht MD, PhD
Director of the Moscow Research and Clinical Center for Neuropsychiatry and Professor of Neurology at the Russian National Research Medical University.
Her main research interests are focused on epilepsy after stroke and traumatic brain injury, somatic and psychiatric co-morbidities in epilepsy, social issues (epidemiology, QOL, stigma). She is Elected trustee of the World Federation of Neurology, Treasurer of the International League against epilepsy, co-chair of the “Follow-up and long term impact working group meeting COVID-19 NeuroForum”. She has been involved in many WHO projects in epilepsy and brain health.

Speaker: Professor Ali A. Asadi-Pooya, M.D. Dr.  Asadi-Pooya is a Professor of Epileptology, at the Department of Neurology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. He is also an Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Neurology, Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Department of Neurology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He did his fellowship in “epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology” at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA in 2006-2008, and a second epilepsy fellowship on “Invasive intracranial EEG monitoring” in 2014-2016. 

He has established an Epilepsy Care Unit and epilepsy surgery program with a multidisciplinary team in 2008 at Namazee Hospital, Shiraz, Iran. He has also founded the Shiraz Epilepsy Research Center in 2020. He has published more than 290 papers and 12 books about various aspects of epilepsy.

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One Health and neurological disorders – an interdisciplinary multi-health approach

One Health uses an interdisciplinary and at times transdisciplinary approach to look at the interconnection of human, animal and environmental health in the context of infectious and non-infectious diseases and beyond. The One Health concept is hardly ever used in the context of neurological disorders but has recently gained traction through its inclusion in the WHO Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders. This will attract attention but foremost curiosity about how the One Health concept could best be implemented for neurological disorders. We will shine some light on this intriguing approach by presenting classical One Health neurological cases such as rabies and neurocysticercosis.
Chair: Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea S. Winkler
Co(joint)-director Center for Global Health, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Prof. Winkler is a specialist neurologist, a senior researcher and the co(joint)-director of the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich. She is also the founding director, now deputy director, of the Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo, where she holds a full professorship in Global Health. Prof. Winkler has 20 years of experience with both clinical work and research in countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Her special interest lies with poverty-related neglected diseases of the infectious as well as non-infectious nature, global neurology/mental health and global One Health.

Speaker: Assoc Prof. Dr. Fan Kee Hoo, MRCP
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Associate Professor Dr. Hoo Fan Kee is a neurologist, general physician and senior lecturer at the University Putra Malaysia.  He is currently the chairman of Malaysian Stroke Council and ex officio member of Malaysian Society of Neuroscience. 

Global Brain Health Clinical Exchange Platform – Critical Care of the Neurological System in COVID-19

This interactive session covered critical care of the neurologic system.

Chair: Assistant Professor (Dr) Sherry H-Y Chou, Associate Professor of Neurology (Neurocritical Care). Chief of Neurocritical Care in the Department of Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA

Dr. Sherry Chou is a physician-scientist with expertise in clinical neurology, neurocritical care and vascular neurology and award-winning mentor. Dr. Chou founded and leads the large Global Consortium Study on Neurological Dysfunction in COVID 19 (GCS-NeuroCOVID) and serves as an invited member to the World Health Organization forum on neurological impacts of COVID 19.

Speaker: Dr Ayush Batra, MD

Assistant Professor Department of Neurology (Neurocritical Care) and Pathology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA

Ayush Batra, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and practicing Neurocritical Care Physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, USA. He completed his neurology training at the combined Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, in Boston, MA, USA, where he subsequently completed fellowship training in Neurocritical Care. Dr. Batra’s research interests bridge immunology, vascular biology, and neuroscience, and seek to understand inflammation-mediated mechanisms of acute neurologic injury.

Learning Objective
-Gain insights into practice in different settings through knowledge exchange with fellow participants

Brain Health Clinical Exchange Platform: Neurological Infectious Diseases: Focus on Diagnosis & Management of Brain Infections

27 May 2022

This interactive session will cover pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, management and prognosis of major infections of the brain, including meningitis, encephalitis and abscess. We will additionally discuss acute involvement of the nervous system in COVID-19.

Chair: Dr Benedict Michael

Speaker: Dr Bhagteshwar Singh, MBChB MRCP DTMH
Lead fellow for the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Brain Infections & MRC-funded COVID-Neuro Global research programme in Brazil, India and Malawi.
Clinical Research Fellow in the Liverpool Brain Infections Group, and senior clinical trainee in Infectious Diseases.


Brain Health Clinical Exchange Platform: A focus on headache

29 April 2022

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the detection and characterisation of headache in high, medium, and lower income settings.

This is an open session for policy makers, academics and clinicians organised by The Global Health Network.

Chair: David García-Azorín MD PhD MSci
Department of Neurology, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid, Spain. Spanish Society of Neurology board.
Professor, Dr. Med. Director Rigmor Højland Jensen, Danish Headache Center, Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet-Glostrup, University of Copenhagen
Dr. Marcio Nattan Souza, Coordinator of the Headache Fellowship Program at University of São Paulo and member of the Education Committee of the International Headache Society.
Learning Objective
-Gain insights into practice in different settings through knowledge exchange with fellow participants

Brain Health Clinical Exchange Platform: A focus on paediatric neurology

25 March 2022

In this interactive workshop, Assoc Prof Roa will discuss clinical cases in paediatric neurology, including pediatric NeuroCOVID/MIS-C. This is an open session for policy makers, academics and clinicians.

Chair: Ass Prof (Dr) Ericka Fink
Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Paediatrics, Dept of Critical Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Speaker: Assoc Prof Juan David Roa, MD MSc
Associate Professor of Paediatric Neurology and Paediatric Intensive care, Universidad Nacional de  Colombia, LARed Network, SLACIP

Learning Objective

  • Gain insights into practice in different settings through knowledge exchange with fellow participants

Brain Health Clinical Exchange Platform: Coma - Approach to encephalopathy

25 February 2022

In this interactive workshop, Asst Prof Omar Siddiqi will discuss the approaches taken to the encephalopathic patient in high, medium, and lower income settings.
This is an open session for policy makers, academics and clinicians.

Asst Prof (Dr) Omar Siddiqi:
Assistant Professor of Neurology & Director of Global Neurology Program, Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, USA.

Prof (Dr) Kameshwar Prasad:
Professor of Neurology. Director & Chief Executive Officer, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Learning Objective

  • Gain insights into practice in different settings through knowledge exchange with fellow participants

Brain Health Clinical Exchange: Acute neurology in resource-limited settings: tackling clinical dilemmas using decision analysis

24 January 2022 | 2 PM (London, GMT) 

Prof Aaron Berkowitz: Professor and Director of Global Health, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine (USA); Health and Policy Advisor, Partners In Health; Senior Specialist Consultant, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders

Dr Kiran Thakur: Neurologist, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA Consultant, World Health Organisation: Brain Health Unit

Dr. Biniyam A. Ayele: Department of Neurology, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Post-Doctoral Neuroinfectious Fellow, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY, USA

Decision Analysis to Address Clinical Dilemmas in Resource-Limited Settings, Aaron Berkowitz MD PhD | Download presentation [pdf 1.8mb]

Brain Health Clinical Exchange: ’Seizures in the Fields’…Using Public Health to Address Neurologic Illness

30 November | 2 PM (London, GMT) 

In this interactive workshop, Dr James Sejvar from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will use a recent outbreak investigation to outline how public health professionals go about solving medical mysteries.

The Brain Health Clinical Exchange is co-organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Neurology & COVID-19 Global Forum and The Global Health Network.