Social Accomplishment Award 2017

Susan Axelrod

In 1998, Axelrod and two other mothers, frustrated with their inability to protect their children from the devastation of seizures and side effects of medications, spearheaded the search for a cure for epilepsy. Axelrod launched a nonprofit organization that has established a national and international presence in epilepsy awareness and research.

Under Axelrod's leadership, CURE has led a dramatic shift in the epilepsy research community from simply treating seizures to enhancing understanding of underlying mechanisms and causes, so that cures and preventative strategies can be found. CURE's research program is cutting-edge, dynamic and responsive to new scientific opportunities and directions through both investigator-initiated grants and unprecedented scientific programs and initiatives and the exploration of new areas in the quest to find answers.