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AMERICAN EPILEPSY SOCIETY w w w. A E S N E T. o r g Volume 21, No. 2 SpringSummer 2012 AES 2012 Annual Meeting in San Diego Join us in sunny San Diego, CA for the 2012 Annual Meeting. The meeting kicks off Friday morning, November 30 and runs through Tuesday afternoon, December 4. The online brochure with details on programs and registration will be available mid July www.AESnet.org. Registration will open in late July with discounts available for members, early registration and hotel room b

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 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 Services Kathy Hucks khucksaesnet.org Kate Flaherty kflahertyaesnet.org Director of Education Jeffrey D. Melin, M.Ed., CMP jmelinaesnet.org Assist

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 FROM THE BOARD ROOM An Interview with Jacqueline A. French, M.D. Dr. Jacqueline French is a professor in the Department of Neurology NYU, in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and Director of the Clinical Trials Consortium, an academic group that has performed a number of early phase clinical trials in epilepsy, and has developed new methodologies for epilepsy trials. Dr. French trained in Neurology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and did her fellowship training

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE REPORT Epilepsy Across the Spectrum Promoting Health and Understanding httpwww.iom.eduReports2012EpilepsyAcrosstheSpectrum.aspx The Institute of Medicine, when announcing the release of this report, commended the epilepsy community on their ability to work together so well, which enabled the IOM to complete this report in record time. The first seven of the 13 recommendations in the report apply more to AES and professional organizations. These r

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Congratulations to the following AES members who received awards at the recent American Academy of Neurology AAN Meeting. Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN Sleep Science Award Tobias Loddenkemper, M.D., Childrens Hospital Boston, Boston, MA DreifussPenry Epilepsy Award Anli Liu, M.D., M.A., Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA American Brain Foundation American Epilep

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 NINDS UPDATE NIH Neurotherapeutics Development Opportunities By Brandy Fureman, Ph.D. In addition to a longstanding and ongoing commitment to basic science and clinical research funding, the NIH offers several programs to help accelerate the development of new therapeutics through the translational research pipeline. Two of these programs have upcoming application receipt dates in the summer and early fall epilepsy researchers are encouraged to apply NIHIndustry Progr

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 2012 Walk a Success for AES We are proud to report not only that AES brought the second largest group of walkers to the Walk for Epilepsy on the Mall in Washington, D.C. on March 31, but that we were also first place in funds raised. That amount includes all eight walk teams who directed their monies to come back to AES to fund research and training. The Yale Team was still the biggest fundraiser of the eight teams so they get to keep the Yale Cup for another year. W

AESNEWS AES Annual Meeting in San Diego Continued from page 1 Annual Course Managing Common Complex Symptomatic Epilepsies Tumors and Trauma Professionals in Epilepsy Care PEC Symposium Transitioning from Adolescent to Adult Epilepsy Care Current Issues in Clinical Practice MerrittPutnam Symposium From Molecules to Cells, Networks and Seizures How Does A Gene Cause Epilepsy Pediatric State of the Art Symposium Prolonged Febrile Seizures and TLE New Answers and New Questions Scientific Plena

AESNEWS Announcing EMUcaring.org Continued from page 1 The EMU Patient Safety Workgroup was developed four years ago by the AES Board to meet member needs for best practice documentation. It started with a survey on patient safety, conducted by AES members Janice Buelow, RN, Ph.D., Michael Privitera, M.D., and Gregory Barkley, M.D. A Steering Committee comprised of members of the PEC Subcommittee and the Practice Committee undertook the development of a consensusbased project to identify safety

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 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. Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures John J. Barry, M.D., and Markus Reuber, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP This year the Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizure PNES SIG will focus on two topics Dr. Nicole Roberts will discuss new developments in our understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of PNES, and Drs. Si

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 SIGnals Continued from page 10 depending on the duration, etiology and the underlying condition of the patient. This years SIG will focus on refractory Status Epilepticus. Dr. Hirsch will provide an overview on definitions and available therapeutic options, Dr. Rotenberg will subsequently address mechanisms and novel diagnostic and treatment approaches with electrical and transcranial stimulation, and Dr. Kilbride will provide an update on outcomes in refractory Statu

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 SIGnals Continued from page 11 different approaches, critical features of behavioral interventions for seizures will become apparent in the discussion. In addition, we will consider methodological issues in the conduct of clinical trials of behavioral interventions by reviewing recently published pilot studies. For example, what are the characteristics of suitable control conditions for a study of behavioral interventions Ketogenic Diet Elizabeth Thiele, M.D. and Susa

AESNEWS SPRINGSUMMER 2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS August 19 24, 2012 Gordon Research Conference Mechanisms of Epilepsy Neuronal Synchronization Waterville Valley Resort, NH Application deadline July 22, 2012 httpwww.grc.orgprograms.aspxyear 2012programepilepsy September 8 11, 2012 16th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies EFNS Stockholm, Sweden httpwww2.kenes.comefnspageshome.aspx September 21 26, 2013 XXIst World Congress of Neurology Focusing on Neurology in the age o

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