Dec 3, 2021

Gardiner Lapham, MPH, RN Receives the 2021 Extraordinary Contributions to the Field of Epilepsy Award

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EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE:  Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, 4:00 PM CST


CHICAGO - Gardiner Lapham, MPH, RN was presented with the 2021 Extraordinary Contributions to the Field of Epilepsy Award during the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (AES).

This award is designated for those who have made extraordinary contributions across multiple fronts, including science, education, leadership, and advocacy. The award is only presented in those years when the board of directors determines there is an individual whose accomplishments embody the spirit of the recognition.

Gardiner Lapham is a passionate epilepsy advocate. After losing her 4-year-old son to SUDEP, Gardiner became actively involved in the epilepsy community. She is former board chair of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE Epilepsy) and a co-founder and current chair of Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME). Gardiner also cares deeply about narrowing the epilepsy treatment gap in low-income countries, especially Africa. She currently serves on the International League Against Epilepsy’s Global Outreach Taskforce.

Gardiner is a trustee of the BAND Foundation which supports SUDEP prevention and education work, as well as efforts to reduce the treatment gap in low-income countries. Gardiner has served as a health policy adviser for the humanitarian organization CARE, as an emergency room nurse at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, and as a trustee of The Washington Free Clinic and Whitman-Walker Health. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.


Davis Renzelmann
Public Communications Inc.

About the American Epilepsy Society

Founded in 1936, the American Epilepsy Society (AES) is a medical and scientific society whose members are dedicated to advancing research and education for preventing, treating and curing epilepsy. AES is an inclusive global forum where professionals from academia, private practice, not-for-profit, government and industry can learn, share and grow to eradicate epilepsy and its consequences.