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Michigan Neuroscientist Jack M. Parent, M.D. - Elected to American Epilepsy Society Board
Washington, D.C., December 9, 2013 – Jack M. Parent, M.D., an internationally recognized research leader in the fields of stem cell biology, regeneration after brain injury and epilepsy, over the weekend was elected a board director of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), during the Society’s 67th annual meeting and scientific conference at the Washington, DC, Convention Center. Dr. Parent is professor of neurology, director of the Neurodevelopment and Regeneration Laboratory, and co-director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in the University of Michigan Medical School. His election to the AES directorship is effective immediately.
AES is the national society for epilepsy physicians (epileptologists), scientists, and allied professionals dedicated to the treatment, prevention and cure of seizures and epilepsy. The organization seeks to improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy through the promotion of epilepsy research and education of healthcare professionals.
Dr. Parent is founder of the Neurodevelopment and Regeneration Laboratory at the University of Michigan. His current research interests include modeling severe genetic epilepsies with induced pluripotent stem cells, using neural stem cell transplantation to treat brain injury and neurodegeneration, and the modification of adult neural stem cells to promote repair of brain damage resulting from stroke or epilepsy.
In addition to a long-standing membership in AES, Dr. Parent chairs the scientific advisory board of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, and holds memberships on the Epilepsy Foundation professional advisory board, the PCDH19 Alliance scientific advisory board, and the independent science review panel of the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. He is also epilepsy section editor of Experimental Neurology, an associate editor-basic research of Epilepsy Currents, and a member of the editorial boards of Frontiers in Neurogenesis, Brain Plasticity, and Stem Cells International.
The epilepsies affect 50 million people worldwide, including three million in the United States. The disorder can have a single specific, well-defined cause, such as a head injury, or manifest as a syndrome with a complex of symptoms. It is the third most common neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.
About the American Epilepsy Society (AES)
The American Epilepsy Society is a 3,000 member professional society based in West Hartford, Conn. In addition to the promotion and support of research, the organization is the sponsor of educational activities throughout the year, including an annual conference that attracts some 4,000 epilepsy physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals from around the world.
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