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AMERICAN EPILEPSY SOCIETY w w w. A E S N E T. o r g Volume 22, No. 1 Winter 2013 2012 Annual Meeting Recap Sunny San Diego welcomed us for the 2012 AES Annual Meeting. Despite the worldwide economy, attendance was similar to last year and session rooms were full. Attendance was over 4,500 people representing 66 different countries including Chile, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Honduras, Ireland, Nigeria, Peru, Serbia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Fiftyeight percent of at

AESNEWS WINTER 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 Assistant Executive Director CherylAnn Tubby, IOM, CPP Membership Services Kathy Hucks Kate Flaherty Director of Education Jeffrey D. Melin, M.Ed., CMP Assistant Di

AESNEWS WINTER 2013 2013 Board of Directors The American Epilepsy Society installed the 2013 Board of Directors at the 2012 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Pictured here are the combined 2012 and 2013 Board, ExOfficio members and staff. PRESIDENT Jacqueline A. French, M.D. New York, NY FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Elson So, M.D. Rochester, MN SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Amy BrooksKayal, M.D. Aurora, CO TREASURER Michael D. Privitera, M.D. Cincinnati, OH ASST. TREASURER William D. Gaillard, M.D. Washington

AESNEWS WINTER 2013 NINDS UPDATE January 2013 NINDS Update By Brandy Fureman, Ph.D. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke NINDS will host the upcoming conference, Curing the Epilepsies 2013 Pathways Forward, on the NIH campus in Bethesda from April 1719, 2013. Registration is now open for this conference, which will include scientific sessions on major topics in epilepsy research and will culminate in a discussion of updates to the Epilepsy Research Benchmarks. The Benchm

AESNEWS WINTER 2013 EPILEPSY FOUNDATION UPDATE Despite recent advances in treating epilepsy, the condition continues to evoke negative stereotypes, fear and discrimination. To help people with epilepsy fight discrimination, the Epilepsy Foundation created the Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund LDF. The goal of the LDF is to advocate for all people with epilepsy nationwide facing discrimination in employment, education, public services and other areas. The LDF makes case referrals

AESNEWS WINTER 2013 Seed Grant Program The Research Training Council is happy to announce a new funding mechanism designed to foster collaborative interactions between two or more established epilepsy research investigators through small seed grants. According to Council Chair, Douglas A. Coulter, Ph.D., These are designed to enable information exchange technology transfer, travel of postdoctoral fellows between laboratories, and for small supply budgets. In the funding environment that exi

AESNEWS WINTER 2013 MEMBERS IN THE NEWS New Member of the Order of Canada Warren T. Blume, M.D., FRCPC, Professor of Neurology Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario in London, was recently elected as a Member of the Order of Canada for his long and distinguished service to Canadian citizens who suffer from epilepsy. The Order of Canada was established in 1967, Canadas centennial year by Queen Elizabeth II. It is the centerpiece of Canadas honors system and is one of the countrys highes

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AESNEWS 2012 Annual Meeting Recap Continued from page 1 Neuroscience, University of Florence, Anna Meyer Childrens Hospital, Florence, Italy, received the 2012 Clinical Investigator Award. Drs. Guerrini and Miles also had the honor of presenting Keynote Addresses about their research during the Annual Meeting. David C. Taylor, M.D., Hon. F.R.C.P .C.H, retired Foundation Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and lately Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science, at the Unive

AESNEWS WINTER 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. Sleep Mark Quigg, M.D. The topic for the 2012 meeting was to review current knowledge on the types and severity of interruptions of sleep in the patient with epilepsy. Three speakers covered basic and clinical research. Dr. Rama Maganti reviewed his recent work on the effects of specific genetic lesions o

AESNEWS WINTER 2013 SIGnals Continued from page 10 Dr. Guptas case serves as an example. He presented a 6yearold girl with very frequent daily complex partial seizures and clusters of epileptic spasms, several irritative and ictal onset zones identified on video EEG, multiple bilateral tubers on MRI, and multiple regions of hypometabolism on FDG PET. Through meticulous preoperative analysis and intraoperative electrocorticography, Dr. Gupta and neurosurgeon Dr. William Bingaman were able to id

AESNEWS WINTER 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS March 16 23, 2013 65th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting San Diego Convention Center httpwww.aan.comgoam13 May 18 24, 2013 6th International Epilepsy Colloquium Epilepsy Across the Lifespan Cleveland, Ohio May 25 27, 2013 European Forum on Epilepsy Research Dublin, Ireland, Sponsored by IBE and ILAE June 8 11, 2013 23rd Meeting of the European Neurological Society Barcelona, Spain www.

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