Established Investigator Grant Awardees

AES is proud to support established investigators with infrastructure grants, research and training workshop grants, and seed grants.


AES offers funding annual for basic, translational, and clinical research for epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders.

We currently offer three funding mechanisms to support established investigators:

  • AES Infrastructure Grants provide up to $50,000 to facilitate the creation of national or international multicenter research programs
  • AES Research and Training Workshop Grants support scientific conferences and workshops that address timely and important topics in epilepsy research
  • AES Seed Grants offer “seed” funds to help enable established investigators pursue new and innovative directions in their labs


Congratulations to the 2021 awardees!


Spring 2021 Research and Training Workshop Grant

Fawad Khan, MD
The International Center for Epilepsy at Ochsner
Management of Refractory and Super Refractory Status Epilepticus for Neurologists and Intensivists


Spring 2021 AES Seed Grant

Daniel McCloskey, PhD
College of Staten Island/CUNY
Biomarkers of Transient Seizure Resistance in the Naked Mole-Rat


Spring 2021 AES Infrastructure Grant

Vineet Punia, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Post-Acute Symptomatic Seizure Investigation and Outcomes Network (PASSION)
Collaborators: Adithya Sivaraju, MBBS MHA, Clio Rubinos, MD, Monica Dhakar, MBBS, Sahar Zafar, MBBS

Past Awardees

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Spring 2020 Infrastructure Grant

Awardee: Shalini Narayana, PhD
Institution: University of Tennessee Health and Science Center
Title: Consortium for Standardizing TMS Language Mapping Protocols and Establishing Best Practice Guidelines for Using TMS in Presurgical Evaluation of Language in Children
Co-PIs: Alexander Rotenberg, MD, PhD (Boston Children’s Hospital) and Hanssel Greiner, MD (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)
Co-Investigators: James Wheless, MD (UTHSC) and Tamekia Jones, PhD (UTHSC)


Spring 2020 AES/SLC6A1 Connect Seed Grant

Stephan Sanders, PhD
University of California at San Francisco
Functional characterization of missense variants in SLC6A1
Collaborator: Kathleen Giacomini, PhD (UCSF)
Jointly funded by AES and SLC6A1 Connect


Spring 2020 AES/NORSE Institute Seed Grants

Nathalie Jette, MSc, MD, FRCPC
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Developing the Methodological Foundation for NORSE Surveillance in the U.S.
Co-PIs: Leah Blank and Anusha Yeshokumar
Collaborators: Parul Agarwal
Funded by AES with partial support from the NORSE Institute 

Sookyong Koh, MD, PhD
Emory University
A Novel Murine Model of Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome (FIRES)
Collaborators: Russell Sanchez, PhD (Emory University)
Funded by the NORSE Institute; Administered by AES

Olga Taraschenko, MD, PhD
Collaborators: Xiaowei Li, PhD, and Jingwei Xie, PhD (UNMC)
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Development of Anakinra-Loaded Nanoparticles to Treat NORSE
Funded by the NORSE Institute; Administered by AES


Spring 2020 AES Seed Grants

Sarah Lippe, PhD
CHU Sainte-Justine
Prenatal epigenetic pathways affecting post-natal seizure onset
Collaborators: William Fraser, Philippe Major, Catherine Herbal, Cathy Vaillancourt, Sophie Parent, Sonia Lupien, and Kieran O’Donnell

Jamie Maguire, PhD
Tufts University
Investigating seizure-induced HPA axis dysfunction in SUDEP
Collaborators: Carie Boychuk, PhD (UTHSCA)

Aristea Galanopoulou, MD, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Exploring early life epilepsy in a model of Alexander disease
Collaborators: Tracy Hagemann, PhD, and Albee Messing, VMD, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


Fall 2020 Research and Training Workshop Grants

Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, MA
Arts in Medicine Educational Series (AiMES)
Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Marlene Bartos, PhD
Inhibition in the Central Nervous System
Gordon Research Conference / Gordon Research Seminar
*Conference canceled

Fall 2020 AES/NORSE Institute Seed Grant

Annamaria Vezzani, PhD
Istituto di ricerche farmacologiche Mario Negri
In vitro model of FIRES for rapid selection of clinically effective drugs
Collaborators: Milica Cerovic
Funded in full by the NORSE Institute 


Fall 2020 AES Seed Grants

Cornelia Drees, MD
University of Colorado Denver
Neuropalliative care for persons with drug-resistant epilepsy
Collaborators: Christina Vaughan, MD, and Alison Hixon, PhD

Marc Lussier, PhD
Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Investigating RNF13 variants in epileptic encephalopathy
Collaborators: Bruce Herring, PhD

Aria Fallah, MD, MSc
University of California, Los Angeles
The Biodistribution of 18F-Clofarabine in Patients with Brain Inflammation
Collaborators: Benjamin Ellingson, Harry V. Vinters, Johannes Czernin, Andrew Quon

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2019 AES Seed Grants

Scott Baraban, PhD and collaborator Peter Crino, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
“A STRADA Zebrafish Model”

Gerald Grant, MD, Allen Waziri, MD; Ronald Emerson, MD; and Brenda Porter, MD, PhD
Stanford University
"Electrophysiologic Signatures of Cortical and White Matter Stimulation"

Nicholas Poolos, MD, PhD and Jing Zhang, MD, PhD
University of Washington
"Mass spectrometry of human tau to discover novel epilepsy biomarkers"


2019 AES/Partner Seed Grants

AES/TCSF Seed Grant
Michael Hammer, PhD and Fei Yin, PhD
University of Arizona
"Testing the role of early mitochondrial dysfunction in SCN8A epilepsy"
Supported by AES and The Cute Syndrome Foundation

AES/TCSF/SLC6A1 Connect Seed Grant
Benjamin Prosser, PhD; Ingo Helbig, MD; and Beverly Davidson, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
"Targeting micro-RNAs to treat genetic epilepsies"
Supported by AES, The Cute Syndrome Foundation, and SLC6A1 Connect


2019 Research and Training Workshop Grants

Aristea Galanopoulou, MD, PhD and Michele Simonato, MD
18th San Servolo Advanced Epilepsy Course
Bridging Basic with Clinical Epileptology (7) - Accelerating translation in epilepsy research

Severn Churn, PhD; Claudia Robertson, MD, PhD; and Aristea Galanopoulou, MD, PhD
Baylor University for the NINDS Workshop
Post-Traumatic Epilepsy: Models, CDEs, and Optimization

Kimberly Nye
Tess Research Foundation
4th International SLC13A5 Deficiency Research Roundtable 2020

Chris Dulla, PhD and Jeff Noebels, MD, PhD
Gordon Research Conference and Seminar
Mechanisms of Epilepsy and Neural Synchronization
2 awards total, one each in the spring and fall of 2019

Marc Goodfellow, PhD
University of Exeter
International Conference for Technology and Analysis of Seizures (ICTALS 2019)

Michelle Lewis, Raphael Bernier, PhD; Micah Pepper, MPH; and Leah Schust
FamilieSCN2A Foundation President
FamilieSCN2A Family and Professional Conference

Ilene Miller and William Gaillard, MD
Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas
4th International Symposium on Hypothalamic Hamartomas

Karen Wilcox, PhD
University of Utah
Park City Epilepsy Meeting

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2018 AES Seed Grants

Andrew Escayg, PhD and Steven Stice, PhD
Emory University
"Exploring Extracellular vesicles as a treatment for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy"

Xiuhua Bozarth, MD, PhD; Zhijun Duan, PhD; and Xinxian Deng, PhD
Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington
"Dissect a novel link between SMC1A and epilepsy using induced pluripotent stem cells from female patients carrying de novo SMC1A heterozygous mutations"

Peter Canoll, MD, PhD and Catherine Schevon, MD, PhD
Columbia University
"Fine-scale mapping of electrophysiological and cellular alterations in a mouse model of tumor-associated epilepsy"


2018 AES Research and Training Workshop Grants

Antonio Delgado-Escueta, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
Jasper's Basic Mechanisms of the Epilepsies Workshops

Amanda Hernan, PhD and Tristan Shuman, PhD
Gordon Research Seminar
Mechanisms of Epilepsy and Neuronal Synchronization

Kimberly Nye
TESS Research Foundation
SLC13A5 Deficiency Annual Research Roundtable 2018

Ivan Soltesz, PhD
Gordon Research Conference and Seminar
Inhibition in the CNS

Monika Jones
The Brain Recovery Project
Childhood Epilepsy