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AMERICAN EPILEPSY SOCIETY w w w. A E S N E T. o r g Volume 22, No. 2 SpringSummer 2013 2013 Annual Meeting Washington, D.C. plays host to the 2013 AES Annual Meeting, scheduled for Friday, December 6 through Tuesday, December 10. The Annual Meeting Committee has put together an exciting program for our nations capital city. The fiveday meeting features 14 symposia and lectures, 37 special interest groups, award ceremonies, Poster and Platform Sessions, workshops for investigators, and contin

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 AES News is published three times a year by the American Epilepsy Society, American Branch, International League Against Epilepsy. Editor Deepak K. Lachhwani, M.B.B.S., M.D. Executive Director M. Suzanne C. Berry, M.B.A., CAE sberryaesnet.org Assistant Executive Director CherylAnn Tubby, IOM, CPP ctubbyaesnet.org Membership and Development Services Kathy Hucks khucksaesnet.org Kate Flaherty kflahertyaesnet.org Director of Education Jeffrey D. Melin, M.Ed., CMP jmelina

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 2013 National Walk for Epilepsy a Success for AES Jacqueline A. French, M.D., president of the American Epilepsy Society and director of the Epilepsy Study Consortium, director of Clinical Trials at NYUs Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, was named recipient of the Epilepsy Foundations 2013 Hero of Epilepsy Award during the Walk festivities. The award recognizes Dr. French for her longtime contributions to epilepsy research and clinical trials. We are proud to report not

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 NINDS UPDATE UPLIFT Professional Curing the Epilepsies 2013 Pathways Forward Training Program By Brandy Fureman, Ph.D. The third in the series of conferences organized by NIH NINDS was held at NIH on April 1719, 2013. Two full days of outstanding presentations and posters provided updates on the progress that has been made to identify the causes and new treatments for the epilepsies since the last conference was held in 2007. There was clearly recognition that there

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 EPILEPSY FOUNDATION UPDATE Epilepsy Foundation National Walk and Advocacy Conference Highlights Strong AES Partnership By Angela M. Ostrom, Esq., Vice President Public Policy and Advocacy This past year saw some exciting changes for the epilepsy community and the Epilepsy Foundation. The Institute of Medicine released a report that highlighted the need for greater education, public awareness and community services throughout the United States. The Foundation stands re

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Election of President of AAN Timothy Pedley, M.D., professor of neurology at Columbia Universitys College of Physicians and Surgeons and attending neurologist at the Neurological Institute of New York and New York Presbyterian Hospital at the Columbia University Medical Center was recently elected the 33rd president of the American Academy of Neurology. This is a twoyear term. Dr. Pedley served as president of AES in 1992 and has also served as pre

AESNEWS Members in the News Continued from page 6 SPRINGSUMMER 2013 Daniel H. Lowenstein, M.D., of the University of California, San Franciscso is an internationally recognized expert on the management and treatment of patients with Status Epilepticus and was an early advocate of the concept of an operational versus mechanistic definition of Status Epilepticus, which has been adopted widely since first proposed in an article published in Epilepsia in 1999. Gary Mathern, M.D., of University of

AESNEWS 2013 Annual Meeting Continued from page 1 SPRINGSUMMER 2013 reservations. We will again offer a registration discount to those who book their sleeping rooms in one of our hotels. Be sure to book your hotel first and receive a discount on meeting registration. There are plenty of hotel options in any price range including the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel, which is the Headquarters Hotel the Courtyard by Marriott D.C. Convention Center Embassy Suites Washington D.C. Conve

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 SIGnals SIGnals For more on whats happening with your favorite SIG, log on to Professional Connections and join the discussion. You will find SIGs under the Directory Tab. Childrens Hour Coordinators Dr. Mary Connolly and Dr. Lieven Lagae The role of inflammation in childhood epilepsy There is increasing evidence of the importance of inflammation in epilepsy and certain childhood epilepsy syndromes. During the 2012 Annual Meeting, Annamaria Vezzani, Ph.D., Mario Negri

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 SIGnals Continued from page 9 neonatal seizurerelated abstracts accepted for presentation at AES. The authors of these papers will be invited to briefly present their work and respond to questions from the audience. Please be sure to include the word neonatal in your AES abstract body and title, so your work can be considered for presentation at the SIG. Following the data blitz, we will again employ a debate format, highlighting the question Do neonatal seizures har

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 SIGnals Continued from page 10 cortisol or corticosterone has excitatory effects and triggers epileptogenesis in animal models. There is emerging interest on stress hormones and environmental enrichmentinduced plasticity in regulating the epileptogenesis. Environmental enrichment and neurosteroids have promising diseasemodifying potential in epileptogenesis. It is hoped that this SIG discussion may generate new insight on the stress, exercise and environmental enrich

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 SIGnals Continued from page 11 From the President Continued from page 2 share current quality improvement and research projects with one another. This forum fosters the development of ongoing nursing participation and collaboration in the field of epilepsy. The experience provides the nurses and participants more time to discuss posters than time allotted in the conference hall. The topic of nursing education and competency in epilepsy will also be presented during

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS September 20 21, 2013 2nd International Symposium on Hypothalamic Hamartomas Marseille, France httpwww.sympohh2013.mcocongres.comen September 30 October 6, 2013 5th Eilat International Educational Course Pharmacological Treatment of Epilepsy Jerusalem, Israel httpwww.eilataeds.com November 9 13, 2013 Society for Neuroscience 43rd Annual Meeting San Diego, California httpwww.sfn.organnualmeetingneuroscience2013 December 6 10, 2013 AES Annual Mee

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