Chapter Spotlight: United States of America

American Epilepsy Society

The American Epilepsy Society is the largest chapter of ILAE with more than 3,900 members from across the care continuum. For nearly 80 years, AES has provided a dynamic global forum where professionals from academia, private practice, not-for-profit, government and industry can learn, share and grow.

The AES Annual Meeting attracts more than 5,000 healthcare professionals and has become one of the premier conferences focused on epilepsy. The AES Annual Meeting features more than 2,000 workshops, posters and educational sessions highlighting the latest innovations, treatments and technologies. The AES Annual Meeting is like no other bringing diverse professionals who are involved in both research and clinical care for people with epilepsy – neurologists, epileptologists, neurophysiologists, neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, internists, pediatricians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and other professionals. The AES Annual Meeting is also the site for the Biennial North American Regional Epilepsy Congress.

American Epilepsy Society - 69th Annual Meeting - December 4-8, 2015

The 2015 meeting will take place in Philadelphia December 4-8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. See meeting information.

Year Round Education and Clinical Resources

AES offers designed to provide easy access to the latest knowledge, most current science and in-depth analysis that you can immediately apply to your work. Highlights include:

  • Epilepsy Learning Institute: AES online education site for individualized professional education, self-assessment and self-directed learning.
  • AES Webinars: Timely, objective and evidence-based content that improves the quality and safety of patient care and outcomes.
  • AES Podcasts: Author interview podcasts from the journal, Epilepsy Currents.
  • AES Self-Assessment Examination: Fulfill ABPN Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement or help gauge your preparedness for the ABPN Subspecialty Certification in Epilepsy Board examination.
  • EMU Caring: A free seven module online continuing medical education series highlighting best practices for "Safety in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit." This specially structured program is for all members of the epilepsy team, including physicians, nurses, EEG technologists, pharmacists and social workers.
  • Epilepsy 101: Offers any health care professional an introduction to core elements of seizures, epilepsy and epilepsy care for any health care setting.
  • Epilepsy Education Programs: Electronic epilepsy textbook and slide compendium serve as a resource on epilepsy or a stand-alone learning tool.

Funding

This year AES will provide more than $800,000 to support research that fosters new developments in understanding and treating epilepsy. A central part of this funding is to support early career fellowships for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and clinical researchers in training, as well as research grants for newly independent investigators. By focusing on early career awards, AES seeks to attract and retain the best and brightest scientists and clinicians to the field by supporting them at a critical juncture in their careers. AES believes that this type of funding is essential to encouraging and steering promising researchers and clinicians toward long-term careers in epilepsy. Learn more about early career fellowships.

AES also provides funding for established investigators in the field of epilepsy, so that their innovative research projects work toward a cure for epilepsy. AES offers funding for multicenter projects, collaborative interactions, and targeted workshops. Learn more about funding for established investigators.

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Resources

AES offers a variety of additional resources for education, networking and funding:

  • Epilepsy Currents is an open-access, bimonthly journal with commentaries and reviews of epilepsy research published in the primary biomedical literature. Rad Epilepsy Currents online at www.epilepsycurrents.org
  • AES Connect is an online community where AES members connect, collaborate, ask questions and discuss our science and profession. Visit AES Connect
  • AES is proud to be a charter sponsor of the Epilepsy Research Connection, a growing database of non-profit and government organizations' resources for funding for epilepsy related research.