Today, the American Epilepsy Society (AES) released its list of new fellowship awardees, naming 15 recipients for the organization's early-career awards. The fellowship recipients come from academic institutions and medical schools throughout the U.S. and include clinicians and basic scientists who are focused on many different components of epilepsy treatment and research. The winners were selected from a competitive pool of applicants and they will receive funding for one year.
The AES provides more than $800,000 to support research training grants for clinicians, research grants and pre- and post-doctoral research and training fellowships. Each year, AES clinical and basic science fellowship awardees are selected for their novel approaches to epilepsy care and research innovations that can help lead to new therapies and increase the understanding of epilepsy.
"Providing early-career awards is central to the mission of AES," said Elson So, M.D., AES president. "As our Society works to deepen understanding of the underlying mechanisms of epilepsy and stimulate innovations and new developments in epilepsy treatment, it is critical that we help the next generation of epilepsy research leaders to launch and establish their careers."
"This is a strong group of awardees, each of whom will bring new ideas and advanced science to help increase our understanding of epilepsy," said Kimford Meador,M.D., chair of the AES Research & Training Council. "AES's commitment to funding young researchers at this critical stage in their career development helps assure that we will continue to have the best minds working in the field in coming years."
The fellowship recipients and their areas of study are:
Lidia Moura, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital,
Understanding the quality of care that improves outcomes in epilepsy
Shennan Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Phase locked high frequency oscillations as biomarker of epileptogenicity
Karthik Rajasekaran, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
GABAergic neurotransmission at CA2 neurons in temporal lobe epilepsy
Courtney Wusthoff, M.D., Stanford University
Electrographic seizures and EEG Biomarkers in Neonatal Stroke
Xi Du, B.S., University of Michigan
Structural and Functional Plasticity in Experimental Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Tyra Lamar, B.S., Emory University
SCN9A as a Genetic Modifier of Idiopathic Epilepsy Disorders
Jesse Winters, B.S., University of Michigan School of Medicine
Role of Astrocytes in Abnormal Cerebellar Development in Dravet Syndrome
Nuri Kucukboyaci, M.S., University of California, San Diego - Health Sciences
Postsurgical Structural and Functional Connectivity and Executive Function
Tristan Shuman, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Interneuron functional connectivity in epilepsy
Dario Englot, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
Functional connectivity analysis in focal neocortical epilepsy
Gemma Carvill, Ph.D., University of Washington
Epigenomic Approaches to Epilepsy
Nicholas Varvel, Ph.D., Emory University
The role of brain-infiltrating monocytes after status epilepticus
Valerie Bomben, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Genetic Dissection of Descending Corticothalamic Input in Absence Epilepsy
Guangfu Wang, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Role of CaV3.2 mutations in childhood absence epilepsy
Mortitz Armbruster, Ph.D., Tufts University
Spatial autoregulation of astrocytic mGluR5 after neocortical malformation
The AES fellowship awards are funded by AES, with additional contributions from AES members and corporate donations and grants to AES from Eisai, Cyberonics and Nihon Kohden. Additional fellowships are supported by the AES Lennox & Lombroso Fund endowment. The award process is administered for AES by the Epilepsy Foundation.
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