The Ketogenic Diet in Infants with Epilepsy Webinar

Wednesday, 17 April 2024

6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Infants facing epilepsy within their first two years of life often encounter prolonged seizures and adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. While early seizure management is pivotal for better prognosis, many early-onset epilepsies present challenges in achieving seizure control through conventional means.

Enter the ketogenic diet – a high-fat, low-carbohydrate dietary regimen emerging as a promising treatment option for drug-resistant epilepsy. While extensively studied in older children and adults, its efficacy in infants has been relatively unexplored.

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The Ketogenic Diet in Infants with Epilepsy (KIWE) Project, a groundbreaking multicentre randomised controlled trial, aimed to bridge this gap. Led by Dr. Natasha Schoeler, the project sought to determine whether the ketogenic diet could effectively reduce seizure frequency in infants with drug-resistant epilepsy compared to traditional medication approaches.

Now, as the project reaches its conclusion, we eagerly invite you to our KIWE Webinar to unveil its findings. Delve into the historical context with Professor Helen Cross, gain insights from the KIWE Project's lead researcher, hear a poignant parent's perspective from Rai Royal, and explore future implications with Julie Fountain, CEO of Matthew’s Friends Charity.

Play video Shannon and her mum discuss their journey with the ketogenic diet and epilepsy

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Before starting the ketogenic diet, Shannon was having absence seizures and myoclonic jerks everyday, and was worried about her future. The ketogenic diet has changed Shannon's life for the better, reducing her seizures hugely and meaning that she can live independently at university.

The Ketogenic Diet in Infants with Epilepsy Webinar is suitable for the following:

  • Parents and caregivers of children and young people with epilepsy
  • Young people with epilepsy (18+)
  • Professionals who work with children and young people with epilepsy, including health, social care and education
  • Researchers

The Agenda

Wednesday, 17 April 2024

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Invitations will be sent via Zoom.

18:00Welcome & Introduction by Professor Helen Cross OBE
18:05The History of the Ketogenic Diet in Paediatric Epilepsy by Professor Helen Cross OBE
18:20Insights from the Ketogenic Diet in Infants with Epilepsy (KIWE) Project by Dr. Natasha Schoeler
18:35A Parent’s Perspective and Experience of the Ketogenic Diet by Rai Royal
18:45Implications & Future Directions by Julie Fountain
18:50Question and Answer Session