Epilepsy Foundation’s Vice President of Research & New Therapies Honored at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018
Brandy Fureman Honored at AES

New Orleans — Epilepsy Foundation’s Vice President of Research & New Therapies, Brandy Fureman, Ph.D., was recently honored with the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2018 Distinguished Service Award at the AES Annual Meeting in New Orleans. This award recognizes outstanding service by an AES member in the field of epilepsy (including non-educational and non-scientific) with an emphasis on exemplary contributions to the welfare of AES and its members.

“I am honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award and recognition from my peers,” said Dr. Fureman. "Over the course of my career, I’ve had the pleasure to work with extraordinary colleagues from leading institutions and organizations in the epilepsy community, not only at the Epilepsy Foundation, but also the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This award is as much theirs as it is mine. We are all working together to End Epilepsy while helping ensure that new therapies are available in a time frame that matters for the 3.4 million people living with active epilepsy.”

Dr. Fureman joined the Foundation in March 2016 to lead efforts to support basic, translational, and clinical epilepsy research and new therapies, as well as focus on unifying the epilepsy research community to help accelerate therapies.

“We have a tremendous team of hard-working professionals, and our entire board and global staff are so proud that Brandy is being recognized for her outstanding service to AES and the epilepsy community,” said Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., president and chief executive officer of the Epilepsy Foundation.

During her tenure at the Epilepsy Foundation, Dr. Fureman has successfully spearheaded the implementation of various research initiatives, including the Research Roundtable in Epilepsy, Epilepsy Foundation Pipeline conferences and other Foundation activities to engage patients and families in the research process. She is a principal investigator of the Rare Epilepsy Network, the Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System, and the Human Epilepsy Project. She serves as a panel member of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program on Post-Traumatic Epilepsy, and as a member of the Interagency Collaborative to Advance Research in the Epilepsies (ICARE). Dr. Fureman previously served with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as a program director in the channels, synapses and circuits cluster, overseeing a portfolio of basic, translational and clinical epilepsy research, including clinical trials.

“AES is pleased to have this opportunity to publicly recognize Dr. Fureman with one of our highest honors of service, acknowledging her outstanding leadership and contributions to the entire epilepsy community,” said Eileen Murray, executive director, AES.

About Epilepsy
According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions.

About the Epilepsy Foundation
With a network of nearly 50 partners throughout the United States, the Foundation connects people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. For more than five decades, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy to promote awareness and understanding, and to advocate for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, while also funding $65 million for epilepsy research and supporting 3,076 epilepsy investigators and specialists in their early careers. Over the past 17 years, in partnership with the CDC, the Epilepsy Foundation has helped to improve access to care for people with epilepsy, expanded its digital reach and online resources in homes across the country, and trained more than 500,000 school and community personnel in how to recognize seizures and administer Seizure First Aid. The Foundation has also assisted more than 108,000 people through its 24/7 Helpline in the past five years, and continues to focus on innovation, new therapies, community services, advocacy and education as key priorities. To learn more visit epilepsy.com or call 1.800.332.1000. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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