American Epilepsy Society annual meeting presents awards to members of the Epilepsy Foundation community
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) hosted participants in person and virtually for the annual meeting in Chicago from December 3-7, 2021. At the meeting, two prestigious awards were presented to members of the Epilepsy Foundation community .
Dr. Elaine Wirrell, professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic, received the J. Kiffin Penry Award for excellence in epilepsy care. This award, supported by the AES J. Kiffin Penry fund, was established in 1997 in honor of Dr Penry’s care and genuine concern for patients with epilepsy. It recognizes individuals whose work has had a major impact on patient care and improved quality of life for people with epilepsy.
Dr Wirrell is passionate about improving the lives of children with epilepsy, appreciating the tremendous impact this disease has on the entire family and the critical importance of treating seizures and co-morbidities. She is a founding member of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium and has collaborated with the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, LGS Foundation and DEE-P Connections in research and education projects. Through her work with the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and the International Association of Childhood Neurology, she has worked to improve epilepsy care around the world.
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Gardiner Lapham, a passionate epilepsy advocate who lost her 4-year-old son to epilepsy, won the Outstanding Contributions to Epilepsy Award. The award is presented to those who have made outstanding contributions on multiple fronts, including science, education, leadership and advocacy. The award is presented at the discretion of the AES Board of Directors to an applicant whose accomplishments embody the spirit of recognition.
After losing her son to Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy (SUDEP), Gardiner became actively involved in the epilepsy community. She is the former chair of the board of directors of CURE Epilepsy and co-founder and current chair of Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME). She is currently a member of the ILAE Global Awareness Working Group. Gardiner is a trustee of the BAND Foundation, which supports SUDEP’s prevention and education work, as well as efforts to reduce the treatment gap in low-income countries.
Join the Epilepsy Foundation in congratulating Dr. Elaine Wirrell and Gardiner Lapham on their accomplishments.