January 9, 2023

Researcher Update: January 2023

In this Researcher Update you’ll find information on:

Last Call to Submit Letters of Intent for CURE Epilepsy’s 2023 Taking Flight and CURE Epilepsy Awards

Last reminder to submit your Letter of Intent for our Taking Flight and CURE Epilepsy awards. All Letters of Intent are due by tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 9 pm ET.

The Taking Flight Award seeks to promote the careers of early career-stage epilepsy investigators to allow them to develop a research focus independent of their mentor(s).

The CURE Epilepsy Award reflects CURE Epilepsy’s continued focus on scientific advances that have the potential to truly transform the lives of those affected by epilepsy, with prevention and disease modification as critical goals.

Key priority areas for both awards include: 1) basic mechanisms of epilepsy, 2) acquired epilepsies, 3) pediatric epilepsies, 4) SUDEP, 5) treatment-resistant epilepsies, and 6) sleep and epilepsy.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

See Award Guidelines

NeuroFrontiers Podcast on Childhood-Onset Epilepsy Featuring Research Funded by CURE Epilepsy

Research on the impacts of brain aging in childhood-onset epilepsy supported by funding from CURE Epilepsy is featured in a recent NeuroFrontiers podcast. Listen as Drs. Bruce Hermann, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, and Shlomo Shinnar, Professor Emeritus at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, share insights from a longitudinal study on epilepsy that began in Finland over 50 years ago.


SUDEP Research Funding Opportunity for Early Career Scientists

PAME (Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy) is partnering with the American Epilepsy Society (AES) to fund ideas that advance SUDEP Summit priorities through the AES Early Career Grants program. Trainees, fellows, and newly independent investigators are encouraged to apply to any of the eight funding opportunities available. Specifically, PAME is interested in funding projects to advance priorities that will impact SUDEP prevention in the next 5 years. Applications are due Thursday, January 12, 2023.

See Funding Opportunities

NINDS-Sponsored Workshop on Status Epilepticus After Benzodiazepines: Seizures and Improving Long-Term Outcomes

Register now for this NINDS-sponsored workshop taking place from February 28-March 1. The recent approval of intramuscular midazolam (Seizalam®) for acute treatment of status epilepticus (SE) is an important advancement for the treatment of this epilepsy. However, effective treatments that improve neuropathic outcomes after SE becomes refractory to benzodiazepines are a common unmet medical need. This virtual workshop will convene preclinical and clinical researchers, as well as other relevant stakeholders to discuss and define potential therapeutics needed to improve outcomes following SE.


National Workshop on Experimental Models of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy

Register now for this free workshop taking place both in-person at Texas A&M University and via Zoom on Friday, March 10. The Texas A&M Health Institute of Pharmacology and Neurotherapeutics (IPN) is hosting an AES-sponsored National Workshop on Experimental Models of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy (PTE). The IPN team invites you and your colleagues to learn the various facets of PTE research to discover and advance therapeutic agents for this form of epilepsy. The workshop will provide insights into animal models of PTE, laboratory protocols, biomarkers, and therapeutic interventions for traumatic brain injury-induced seizures and post-traumatic epileptogenesis.


Open Position for a Director of The Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at University of Kentucky College of Medicine

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine invites applications and nominations for the position of Director to lead the highly ranked Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC).

The UK College of Medicine seeks a visionary director with a successful record of research achievement in neurotrauma specifically in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or appropriately related fields. Exceptional accomplishments as a researcher and academic are a must as the director’s duties will include continuing their own research program as well as supervising and maintaining academic activities.

Learn More and Apply

Survey for Routine Clinical Care Patient-Centered Outcomes for Adults and Children with Epilepsy

ICHOM (The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement), an international nonprofit organization that aims to improve global healthcare, is developing a minimum set of outcomes to be captured in routine clinical care for adults and children with epilepsy.

The Working Group (WG), consisting of healthcare professionals, researchers, and those with lived experience have identified outcomes to be included in the recommendation and is seeking feedback from epilepsy professionals and experts on the relevance of these elements.

The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete, and the results will be used to guide the WG’s final recommendations. Please share your expertise and provide feedback to help standardize outcome measurements for epilepsy care globally.

Take Survey

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