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Russell G. Katz, M.D., former FDA Administrator, to Receive AES Extraordinary Contributions Award
West Hartford, Conn., December 7, 2013 – The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has announced that Russell G. Katz, M.D., former director of the FDA Division of Neurology Products, will be honored with the AES Extraordinary Contributions Award, on December 7, 2013, during the Society’s 67th annual meeting and scientific conference in Washington, DC. The Extraordinary Contributions Award is conferred at the discretion of the AES board of directors for highly exceptional and significant long-term contributions in combating epilepsy. Dr. Katz is only the fifth recipient of the award since 2000, the year in which this special honor was established.
Throughout his 30-year career with the FDA, Dr. Katz has had a major influence on the regulation of research with investigational treatments and approval of new therapies for epilepsy and other neurologic diseases. As acting director of the Division of Neuropharmacological Drug Products, and later as Director of the Division of Neurology Products, he demonstrated remarkable knowledge and skill both as a scientist and as an administrator. The high standards and precedents set during his tenure to safeguard the public provide for the consideration of outcomes meaningful to the patient, as well as for hard scientific evidence.
In announcing the award, AES president Jacqueline French, M.D., said, “The epilepsy community is grateful to Dr. Katz for the new generation of anticonvulsants that have gone through the scientifically rigid process of FDA evaluation throughout his tenure. We also especially appreciate Dr Katz’s openness in discussing important regulatory strategies with the epilepsy community over his years at the FDA. He was a true partner in our quest to expand available medications for people who need them.”
Dr. Katz is a frequent invited speaker and the author of professional articles on neurologic drug development, review, and approval. He is a graduate in mathematics of Queens College, New York, and obtained his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, where he also completed a residency in neurosurgery.
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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