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Einstein / Montefiore Epilepsy Center Director Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D.,
Elected to American Epilepsy Society Board
SAN DIEGO, December 3, 2012 – Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D., a leading expert in childhood seizures, over the weekend was elected a board director of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), during the Society’s 66th annual meeting and scientific conference at the San Diego Conference Center. Dr. Shinnar holds professorships in neurology, pediatrics, epidemiology and population health, and neuroscience research, and directs the Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. AES is the 3,000- member society of epileptologists and healthcare professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of epilepsy.
Dr. Shinnar is internationally recognized for research on a variety of topics relating to childhood seizures, including the treatment and prognosis for febrile seizures and status epilepticus (prolonged seizures), as well as factors related to sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. He also well known for his research on the prognosis following a first unprovoked seizure and following discontinuation of antiepileptic medications in children with epilepsy who were seizure free on their medication. He has been involved in clinical trials of new epilepsy medications, and as principal investigator and co-investigator on a variety of federally funded epilepsy research projects. He is also a co-principal investigator for the Einstein and Montefiore NIH-funded Center of Excellence for Clinical Trials in Neuroscience.
Dr. Shinnar is a recipient of the AES Research Recognition Award for Clinical Science, and in 2011 was honored with the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) Epilepsy Research Leadership Award. An active AES member, he is chair of the AES Guidelines Committee, and serves on the Council on Clinical Activities and Pediatric Content Committee, and previously served on several task forces. He has also served on the Epilepsy Foundation’s professional advisory committee, and recently chaired the Epilepsy Section of the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Shinnar has published over 150 original papers and more than 100 reviews and book chapters. He is senior editor of the book Childhood Seizures and co-editor of the book Febrile Seizures.
About the American Epilepsy Society
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) seeks to advance and improve the treatment of epilepsy through the promotion of research and education for healthcare professionals. The Society is a provider of continuing medical education (CME) programs, including an annual scientific conference attended by more than 4,000 epilepsy physicians and scientists from around the world. The organization was founded in 1936, and is based in West Hartford, CT.
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