The Child Neurology Foundation announces the award of a research grant specific to Infantile Spasms to be made at the Child Neurology Society meeting in the fall. The selected investigator will receive a One-year grant of $30,000.
The IS award is supported by Questcor Pharmaceuticals
The goal of our research is to discover novel genes for infantile spasms and better understand the spectrum of clinical presentations for each gene (genotype-phenotype correlations). We will study idiopathic infantile spasms and Ohtahara syndrome (infantile spasms and a burst suppression pattern on EEG). Through gene discover, we hope to better understand the underlying molecular pathways involved in the development of infantile spasms. This work will ideally lead to future research including studies assessing the effects of identified genetic mutations on biologic systems and to pathway specific drug development and clinical trials.
Thank you to the Child Neurology Foundation Board, Selection Committee for choosing me as the recipient of the 2013 Logan Infantile Spasms award and to my colleagues in our Epilepsy Genetics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital for their collaboration and support. As junior faculty in academic Child Neurology, this award will provide critical support as I begin my independent research career in Epilepsy Genetics and work to understand the genetic causes of infantile spasms and related epilepsies. It will help me to build my career as a physician-scientist.