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The Epilepsy Research Foundation and Milken Family Foundation Announce Prestigious Translational Research Grants for Two Pioneering Epilepsy Therapies
Date:12/7/2009

BOSTON, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Epilepsy Research Foundation (ERF), a unique joint venture of non-profit epilepsy organizations, and the Milken Family Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation, today announced two new grants recognizing promising epilepsy research in clinical development, totaling $225,000 in funding. The grant awards were announced by the Epilepsy Therapy Project and the Epilepsy Foundation, as well as the Milken Family Foundation, during the 7th Judith Hoyer Lecture in Epilepsy at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in Boston, MA.

These grants are designated to support critical stages of advancement - through early clinical or to bridge from preclinical to clinical development - for groundbreaking therapies in epilepsy. The award committee, comprised of clinical, scientific and industry representatives, evaluates research programs demonstrating the greatest potential for near-term patient benefit and pioneered by qualified clinicians and scientists advancing new therapeutic approaches in epilepsy and the central nervous system. The two recipients announced today have been recognized for promising clinical work in advancing a novel agent, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG), for control and reduction of seizure frequency, and a new therapeutic specifically designed for the treatment of newborns with hypoxic brain injuries resulting in seizure-related conditions.

"These awards recognize important advances in the treatment of epilepsy, providing new hope for patients living with uncontrolled seizures and for newborns with serious brain cell injury," said Warren Lammert, Chairman, Epilepsy Therapy Project. "Funding today for new therapies is limited, and with these awards we are able to advance important research through critical junctures so that innovators can broadly access resources necessary to bring these new treatments to patients."

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