November 23, 2020

Announcing our 2021 Grant Timeline!

Announcing our 2021 CURE Epilepsy grant timeline! Below please find the key dates for the CURE Epilepsy Award and Taking Flight Award grant applications. International researchers are also encouraged to submit for either award.

Additionally, information on CURE Epilepsy’s virtual booth at this year’s American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting, details on how to participate in the Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME) Conference virtual session, and the announcement of the CURE Epilepsy and Taking Flight Award grantees is shared below.

Key Information About the CURE Epilepsy Award and Taking Flight Awards

CURE Epilepsy Award- $250,000 over two years
This award reflects CURE’s continued focus on scientific advances that have potential to truly transform the lives of those affected by epilepsy.

Taking Flight Award – $100,000 for one year
This award seeks to promote the careers of young epilepsy investigators, allowing them to develop a research focus independent of their mentors.

Research Areas
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), acquired epilepsy, treatment-resistant epilepsy, pediatric epilepsy and sleep and epilepsy.

Timeline for both awards

Activity Date
Request for Proposals Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Letter of Intent Deadline Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9:00pm ET
Full Application Invitations Tuesday, February 22, 2021
Full Application Deadline Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 9:00pm ET
Anticipated Award Announcement July 2021
Anticipated Project Start Date Fall 2021

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Come See Our Virtual Booth at AES2020

Join CURE Epilepsy at AES2020! We’ll be in our virtual booth Saturday, December 5 through Monday, December 7, where you can speak with leaders in the epilepsy research community and CURE Epilepsy staff to learn more about our research programs.

You’ll have the opportunity to “meet” and greet with luminaries in the field of epilepsy such as:

  • Susan Axelrod, Founder, CURE Epilepsy
  • Dr. Dan Lowenstein, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of California, San Francisco
  • Drs. Vicky Whittemore and Adam Hartman, Program Directors, NINDS
  • Dr. Karen Wilcox, Professor and Chair, University of Utah

View our AES2020 Booth Schedule

Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME) Virtual Session – December 7

Join the PAME live stream on Monday, December 7 at 2:30 PM ET for a two-hour virtual session. This event will feature Victor and Libby Boyce, who lost their son Cameron to SUDEP at the age of 20, updates on new research and advocacy recommendations, and a review of Vital Topics in Epilepsy Mortality.

You can join the livestream at You do not need to be an AES attendee to participate, and it is free of cost.

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Announcing the Recent Taking Flight Award and CURE Epilepsy Award Grantees

Taking Flight Award Grantees

  • Edilberto Amorim de Cerqueira, M.D., University of California, San Francisco 
    “Personalizing Seizure Treatment After Acute Brain Injury Using EEG”
  • Mark Bennett, Ph.D., The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia 
    “Evaluating the Role of Repeat Expansions as a Genetic Cause of Epilepsy”
  • Ankit Khambhati, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco 
    “Stochastic, Multi-Electrode Stimulation to Probe and Perturb Abnormal Synchronization in the Human Epileptic Network”
  • Cristina Reschke, Ph.D., Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 
    “Restoration of Circadian Function as a Novel Therapy for Epilepsy”
  • Ranmal Samarasinghe, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
    “Utilizing Patient Derived Brain Organoids to Model the Differential Effects of SCN8A Mutation on Cortical and Hippocampal Neural Networks”

CURE Epilepsy Award Grantees

  • Cristina Gross, Ph.D. and Steven Crone, Ph.D., both of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital 
    “PI3K Signaling as a Novel Disease Mechanism-Based Target to Prevent or Reduce SUDEP”
  • Nuria Lacuey Lecumberri, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 
    “Defining Breathing Network Neuromodulatory Approaches for Prevention of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)”
  • Nigel Pedersen, MD, Emory University 
    “Manipulating Sleep-Wake Networks to Treat Epilepsy”

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