Grantee Success Stories

Launching Careers. Improving Patient Outcomes.

AES research dollars support trainees, fellows, and newly-independent investigators working across the full spectrum of epilepsy research, from basic science to translational and clinical research.

AES grants are made possible by the generosity of AES members, nonprofit funding partners, and other donors.

Part of our mission is an unwavering commitment to funding basic and clinical projects that advance the understanding and treatment of epilepsy, ultimately improving the lives of people with epilepsy. 

The collective talent represented by AES grantees will fuel progress and breakthroughs in epilepsy prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for years to come.

AES is proud to support the careers and the work of hardworking researchers who share our dedication. We are pleased to share periodic updates on their accomplishments.

AES Research Grants

AES funds basic and clinical projects that advance the understanding and treatment of epilepsy. 
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AES Grantee Success Stories

Rani Sarkis, MD, MSc, FAES
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
"This grant allowed me to create the infrastructure and preliminary data to obtain NIH funding. I look forward to continuing working on trying to understand why older patients develop seizures, obtaining neuroimaging experience, and submitting an R01."
Melissa Barber-Haliski, PhD
Research Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington
"The award was an enormous boost to my career trajectory and helped to launch my independent research program. As a result of this funding, I was able to obtain an R01 and compete for future research funding."
Adam Numis, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
"The preliminary data I obtained during my AES grant period was critical in obtaining my NINDS K23 funding and continuing my path towards independence in my research career."
Upkong Eyo, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
"The Junior Investigator Award I received from AES has had a huge impact on my career. It provided initial funding that enabled me to apply for and receive an R01 within a year. It has helped me become a part of the valuable AES community."
Gemma Carvill, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Northwestern University
"My AES postdoc fellowship was the springboard to a K99 that got me my current position--my Junior Investigator Award led to an R21 I just received. I chose to stay in epilepsy research in large part because of the AES community and these grants."
Fraser Sparks, PhD
Staff Scientist, Neuroscience Therapeutic Area, Regeneron
"My AES Junior Investigator Award was instrumental in my career and professional development, and I am looking forward to maintaining active membership in the epilepsy research community."