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Mayo Clinic Physcian-Scientist Gregory D. Cascino, M.D.
To Receive AES 2013 J. Kiffen Penry Award
West Hartford, Conn., December 6, 2013 – The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has announced that Gregory D. Cascino, M.D., professor of neuroscience at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and head of the Division of Epilepsy at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, has been named recipient of the American Epilepsy Society’s 2013 J. Kiffin Penry Excellence in Epilepsy Care Award. The award recognizes Dr. Cascino for his contributions in the application of advanced imaging techniques in the diagnosis of surgically remediable epileptic syndromes and early use of stereotactic surgery in treating epilepsy. He has also influenced patient care as a leader and active participant in major national professional and lay organizations concerned with the care and treatment of epilepsy patients and their families.
The Penry Award was established in 1997 in memory of Dr. J. Kiffin Penry, first chief of the epilepsy branch of the National Institute for Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, NIH. The award recognizes individuals whose work both epitomizes excellence in the care of people with epilepsy, and has a major impact on patient care and improved quality of life for people with the disorder. This year’s Penry Award will be presented December 6th during the AES 67th annual meeting and scientific conference at the Washington, DC, Convention Center.
Dr. Cascino’s research focuses on the care and management of patients with medication-resistant epilepsy. He also serves as a principal investigator at Mayo Clinic in the National Institutes of Health funded study Epilepsy Phenome-Genome Project (EPGP), a large-scale multi-institutional project to advance the understanding of genetic factors underlying the diverse forms of epilepsy.
Dr. Casino has served on the AES board of directors, council of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), and on the Epilepsy Foundation’s professional advisory board. He currently is a board member for the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and earlier served as president of the AAN Section on Epilepsy.
In announcing the award, John Huguenard, Ph.D., who chairs the AES awards committee, said, “We are privileged to honor Dr. Casino’s dedication and genuine concern for patients with epilepsy. His achievements as an expert neurophysiologist, educator and advocate of quality care and special concern for patients with intractable epilepsy.”
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, based in West Hartford, Conn., seeks to advance and improve the treatment of epilepsy through the promotion of epilepsy research and education for healthcare professionals. Society membership includes physicians and scientists who study and treat epilepsy (epileptologists) and allied professionals who care for people with seizure disorders.
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