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Yale Neurosurgeon Named American Epilepsy Society President

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Dennis D. Spencer, M.D., Chair of Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine, today was elected President of the 3,000 member American Epilepsy Society (AES), during the organization's 61st annual meeting in Philadelphia. AES is the professional society for physicians and scientists who study and treat epilepsy.

Dr. Spencer is internationally recognized in the surgical treatment of neurological diseases causing epilepsy. He developed a widely used surgical approach to temporal lobe epilepsy, one of the most common forms of the disorder. His current research of human epileptigenic tissue is helping to define the cellular and metabolic mechanisms by which epilepsy develops.

Dr. Spencer has been a member of the AES board of directors since 2003 and served on its Surgery Task Force and other committees. He also served as a member of the planning committee for the 2007 NIH-sponsored Curing Epilepsy Conference, a conference of leading physicians and neuroscientists that established benchmarks for the direction of epilepsy research over the next few years. His own achievements in the field have been recognized with the prestigious AES-Milken Family Foundation Clinical Investigator Award.

Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in adults after Alzheimer's disease and stroke. It affects 50 million worldwide, including three million in the United States.

The AES annual meeting at the Philadelphia Convention Center began on November 30th and ends today. The scientific gathering has 4,100 participants, about a third coming from outside of the U.S.

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