PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4, 2015 -- The American Epilepsy Society (AES) announces that Page B. Pennell, M.D., professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of research for the Division of Epilepsy at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will receive the Distinguished Service Award at the Society's 69th annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Pennell is recognized for her many contributions to AES. She has been a member of its Board of Directors and has chaired several committees. She also shares her passion for academic medicine by serving as a mentor in the AES Junior Investigators Mentoring Program, the AES Fellows Program, and the EpiPORT clinical research training program. She has served as Clinical Associate Editor for Epilepsy Currents, the official journal of AES.
"Page Pennell has been extraordinarily generous in the time and energy she has given not only to AES, but to the epilepsy community at large. Through her research, teaching and extensive volunteer activity, she has been a major contributor to our understanding and treatment of women with epilepsy," said Amy Brooks-Kayal, M.D., president of the AES Board of Directors.
A distinguished researcher in the care of women with epilepsy, Pennell is currently researching the effects of neurosteroids on seizure provocation, changes in the effect of anti-seizure drugs with differing reproductive phases, and maternal and fetal outcomes during pregnancy in women with epilepsy. She is a principal investigator for the 'Women with Epilepsy: Pregnancy Outcomes and Deliveries' study funded by the Epilepsy Foundation and the 'Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of AEDs' study funded by National Institute of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
In addition to her service to AES, Pennell has served as chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation and as director of the Clinical Epilepsy and the Neurologic Complications in Pregnancy courses at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). She also participated in a three-part AAN/AES practice parameter update on management issues for women with epilepsy.
Established in 1993, the $1,000 Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service by an AES member in the field of epilepsy, with emphasis on exemplary contributions to the AES mission.
About the American Epilepsy Society:
The American Epilepsy Society is a medical and scientific society whose members are engaged in research and clinical care for people with epilepsy. For more than 75 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. Find out more at aesnet.org.
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