We invest in finding a cure and new therapies by funding clinical up-and-coming scientists to promote NextGen Scientists.
Investing in People
Over the past 10 years, over $12 million went to support researchers in the early stages of their career throughout the U.S. Studies show that supporting junior investigators provides the best return on investment.
We currently support 4 different career awards in partnership with the American Epilepsy Society (AES):
- Junior Investigators – The Epilepsy Foundation and AES support researchers who have recently started their own independent labs to study epilepsy. Learn more.
- Clinical Research & Training Fellowships – We have partnered with AES to provide mentored support for clinical fellows or recently appointed clinical faculty who intend to pursue basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research. Learn more.
- Clinical Research Apprenticeship – We support mentorship awards for clinical fellows to attend meetings, take additional classes, and do independent scholarship that result in publications. Learn more.
- Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Epilepsy Award – We co-sponsor a clinical research fellowship with the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Brain Foundation. Learn more.
Planting Seeds for the Future
Many of today’s educators, senior investigators, and thought leaders for epilepsy were supported in their early careers with financial assistance from the Epilepsy Foundation.
"I was so excited to be awarded the William Gowers Research Fellowship Award from the Epilepsy Foundation. This award catalyzed me to develop my first research project and to frame specific aims and hypothesis driven research. The award, coupled with amazing mentoring by David Treiman and Professor Tomiyasu, instilled in me an urgent desire to pursue a career in epilepsy research. I am so grateful to the Epilepsy Foundation for this award and for all their support through the years!"
— Christopher M. DeGiorgio MD, FAAN, professor and vice chairman, UCLA Department of Neurology, block chair, UCLA Medical Sciences I course chief of neurology, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
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