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Epileptic Encephalopathies in Children

Call for Papers

Epileptic encephalopathies in children are severe disorders in which cognitive, sensory, and motor development is impaired by recurrent clinical seizures or prominent interictal epileptiform discharges. They include Ohtahara syndrome, early myoclonic epileptic encephalopathy, West syndrome, Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, myoclonic-atonic epilepsy, continuous spike-wave in slow sleep, Rasmussen encephalitis, and other diseases. We summarize recent updates on the clinical, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, biochemical, and genetic findings in epileptic encephalopathies in children.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the genetic underlying epileptic encephalopathies in children, the clinical and EEG characterization of such conditions, the development of strategies to treat these conditions, and the evaluation of outcomes. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • A genetic diagnostic approach to epileptic encephalopathies in children
  • EEG of age-dependent epileptic encephalopathy in infancy and early childhood
  • Vitamin-responsive epileptic encephalopathies
  • Infantile spasms: an update
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome—an update
  • Continuous spike-wave during slow wave sleep and related conditions
  • Ketogenic diet—role in epileptic encephalopathies
  • Surgical options for epileptic encephalopathies in children
  • What pathophysiological mechanisms result in the progressive encephalopathy?
  • How do these disorders evolve with age?

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 22 February 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 17 May 2013
Publication DateFriday, 12 July 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Brahim Tabarki, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Riyadh Military Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Guest Editors

  • Giangennaro Coppola, Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Medical School, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy
  • Elaine Wirrell, Divisions of Child and Adolescent Neurology and Epilepsy, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA