On behalf of the AOCN, IAP Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala & the Neurology Chapter of IAP Kerala , I am pleased to announce the 11th AOCN Annual Conference which will held as a "virtual congress" under the auspices of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA), from April 9-11, 2021. The conference will feature an eminent international and national faculty.

The conference will be held over three days and will include lectures, coupled with panel discussions, case presentations and free papers. The main topics for the meeting would include epilepsy, neurometabolic disorders, CNS infections, neuromuscular & neurodevelopmental disorders.

The varied topics will address specific issues and potential solutions in paediatric neurology from different perspectives. A limited number of peer reviewed posters will also be accepted for the meeting. The scientific programme will provide an opportunity for continuous professional development for all participants and excellent learning experience for students and residents.

Exchange of scientific knowledge and clinical practice through international collaborations is the key to promoting education and fostering research of international significance.  I look forward to seeing you all online for this exciting educational event.

Dr P A Muhammad Kunju
Organising Committee



Join us on April 9-11, 2021 for the 11th AOCN Annual Conference. ChildNeuroCon 2021 will feature talks from eminent childneurologists from across the world.

  • Opportunity to learn directly from expert speakers, ask questions and interact with peers


The 11TH AOCN Annual Meeting will feature an array of online talks from experts in the field.

Helen Cross
Helen CrossUCL-Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Jo Wilmshurst
Jo WilmshurstRed Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
Finbar O'Callaghan
Finbar O'CallaghanUCL-Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Professor R Anandam
Professor R AnandamPRS Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram


10:00 - 10:05 AM


Dr Bennet Xylem P.

10:05 - 10:45 AM

Current understanding of NMOSD & MOG Antibody associated diseases

Naveen Sankhyan, PGI Chandigarh

10:45 - 11:25 AM

Autoimmune encephalitis: Therapeutic advances

Professor Russell Dale, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

11:30- 1:00PM

Free Papers

Spoken Presentations & ePosters

1:20 - 2:00 PM

Autism Spectrum Disorders - Recent advances

Professor Sheffali Gulati, AIIMS, New Delhi

2:00- 2:40 PM

Acute Viral Encephalitis - Revisited

Professor Mary Iype, SAT Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram

2:40- 3:20 PM

CNS manifestations of Covid -19 in children

Professor Jo Wilmshurst, Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

3:20 - 4:00 PM

Neurocysticercosis: Recent Advances

Professor Pratibha Singhi, Medanta - The Medicity, Gurgaon

4:05 - 4:45 PM

Approach to a floppy infant

Dr V Vishwanathan, Apollo Childrens' Hospital, Chennai

4:45 - 5:25 PM

Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes

Dr Sandeep Jaywant, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

5:25 - 6:05 PM

Debate: Costly treatments in Neuromuscular disorders

Dr Haluk Topaloğlu, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Dr Ann Agnes Mathew, Sagar Hospitals, Bangalore
Moderator: Jo Wilmshurst, Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town

6:10 - 6:50 PM

Non-Traumatic Coma

Dr Nameet Jerath, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

6:50 - 7:30 PM

Pediatric stroke –Challenges in diagnosis & management

Dr Lokesh Lingappa, Rainbow Children's Hospital, Hyderabad

7:30 - 8:10 PM

Perinatal stroke - Management & outcomes

Professor Adam Kirton, University of Alberta, Canada

8:10 - 8:50 PM

Management of Dyskinetic & Dystonic Cerebral Palsy

Dr Biju Hameed, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

8:50- 9:30 PM

Cerebral Palsy- Not always what it seems

Dr Kalpana D, KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram

10:00 - 10:05 AM


Dr Mini S, SAT Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram

10:05 - 10:45 AM

Imaging of the Basal Ganglia

Dr Shekeeb Mohammad, University of Sydney, Australia

10:45 - 11:25 AM

Neuroimaging patterns in Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Dr Bejoy Thomas, SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram

11:30 - 12:10 PM

Challenging cases in inborn errors of metabolism

Dr Sangeetha Yoganathan, CMC Vellore, India

12:10 - 12:50 PM

The Leukodystrophies: Learning through cases

Dr Vrajesh Udani, P.D. Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Mumbai

01:10 - 02:30 PM

Free Papers

Spoken presentations & ePosters

02:30 - 03:10 PM

Headaches & Red Herrings

Dr Ramesh Konanki, Rainbow Hospitals, Hyderabad

03:10 - 03:50 PM

Tuberous sclerosis: Recent advances

Professor Finbar O'Callaghan, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London

03:50 - 04:30 PM

Neonatal seizures –the new ILAE classification

Dr Vinayan KP, AMRITA Insitute, Kochi, Kerala

04:30 - 05:10 PM

Seizures & Spikes

Professor Lieven Lagae, UZ Leuven, Belgium

05:15 - 05:45 PM

Debate: Prophylaxis in Febrile Seizures

Professor Maya Thomas, CMC Vellore, India
Professor Vinayan KP, AMRITA Institute, Kochi
Moderator: Dr Veena Kalra, Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

05:45 - 06:25 PM

Challenging cases in epilepsy

Dr Rajesh RamachandranNair, McMaster University, Canada

06:30 - 07:10 PM

Management of drug resistant epilepsies

Professor Helen Cross, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London

07:10 - 07:50 PM

Mitochondrial disorders: Therapeutic advances

Professor Ingrid Tein, SickKids, Toronto

07:50 - 08:30 PM

Neuro imaging in Non accidental trauma

Dr Kshitij Mankad, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

08:30 - 09:30 PM

AOCN General Body Meeting

9:05 - 9:45 AM

Vitamin responsive epilepsies

Dr Kavita Srivastava, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune

9:45 - 10:25 AM

Status Epilepticus: Recent advances in management and outcome

Dr Rekha Mittal, Rainbow Childrens' Hospital, New Delhi

10:25 - 10:45 AM


10:45 - 11:40 AM

Keynote Address: Renewing Hope through Innovation

Professor PAM Kunju, KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram

11:45 - 12:25 PM

Newer Anti-Seizure Medications

Dr Anaita Udwadia Hegde, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai

12:25 - 01:05 PM


Dr Suvasini Sharma, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi

01:05 - 01:15 PM

Valedictory Function

HOSTsThe Association of Child Neurology,India
IAP Thiruvananthapuram
Neurology Chapter, IAP Kerala