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2007 Morris-Coole Prize

ILAE awards an annual prize of 10,000 euros for the best paper published in Epilepsia during the previous calendar year.

Dr. Nicola Marchi Awarded 2007 Morris-Coole Prize

The 2007 Morris-Coole Prize was awarded to Dr. Nicola Marchi at the 2008 European Conference on Epileptology Berlin for his Epilepsia paper “Seizure-promoting effect of blood-brain barrier disruption ” (48:732-742, 2007). Dr. Marchi is a Research Associate in the Department of Cell Biology in the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA.  The study for which Dr. Marchi has been awarded this prize is notably collaborative in its approach, involving a neuroradiologist, a neurologist, a brain tumor expert, and basic and clinical scientists - all working toward "true translation...into a cure" for epilepsy.

About the Morris-Coole Prize

The Morris-Coole Prize is an annual ILAE award that is given in recognition of an outstanding research paper published in Epilepsia the previous year on any field of epilepsy research, either clinical or basic.  The prize was established through the generosity of  Christopher and Sandra Morris-Coole with the intention of stimulating excellence in epilepsy research as well as rewarding young researchers for outstanding contributions to the field.  Award winners receive 10,000 euros and present the Morris-Coole lecture at a major epilepsy  meeting (at the International Epilepsy Congress during the years it is held). 

Papers are nominated to the selection committee by the associate editors of Epilepsia from among the papers that were published in the journal the previous year.  This year’s Prize winner was chosen from among 14 nominations that were deemed deserving of special recognition by the associate editors. 

The Judging panel will comprise the President of the ILAE and the two Editors-in-Chief of Epilepsia, and the panel will consider a short-list of papers prepared by the Associate Editors of Epilepsia. The prize will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the International or regional ILAE conference. The winning researchers will also be invited to present their findings at the Morris-Coole lecture at the conference.

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