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AES recognizes Germany's Dr. Christian E. Elger with William G. Lennox Award

American Epilepsy Society


IMAGE: AES Board member, Douglas Coulter, Ph.D. presents Dr. Christian Elger with the William G. Lennox Award. view more

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PHILADELPHIA, December 7, 2015--The American Epilepsy Society (AES) awarded the William G. Lennox Award to Dr. Christian E. Elger, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, professor of epileptology and the director of the Department of Epileptology at the University of Bonn in Germany. The award was announced at the Society's 69th annual meeting in Philadelphia. Elger is recognized for expanding the Epileptology Department in Bonn into a leading program at the forefront of new developments in epilepsy surgery and human brain research.

"There is hardly an area of epileptology where Dr. Elger's name is not mentioned as a major contributor," said Jacqueline French, M.D., professor of neurology at New York University. "The work at the Bonn Epilepsy Center is first-rate, and I truly believe that the accomplishments there can be firmly placed at the doorstep of Professor Elger."

The Epileptology Department in Bonn is one of the most active epilepsy surgery programs in Europe. Elger has earned recognition for his role in studying seizure prediction, and his pioneering work within the field of epilepsy and cognition. He was involved in developing pre-surgical cognitive outcomes. He also founded the Center for Economics and Neuroscience in Bonn. He was recognized in 2012 by the International League Against Epilepsy with the European Epilepsy Award.

Elger received his degree in Medicine from the University of Münster. While there, he also studied physiology and neurology. Later, he became a professor of epileptology at the University of Bonn.

Established in 1966, the William G. Lennox Award recognizes senior members of the society who have a record of lifetime contributions and accomplishments related to epilepsy. The $10,000 award is funded by the William G. Lennox Trust Fund established in 1962 to advance and share knowledge concerning epilepsy in all of its aspects--biological, clinical, and social--and to promote better care and treatment to persons with epilepsy.


About the American Epilepsy Society:

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