THE EFGC SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

There are currently two scholarships, the Jim Davies Scholarship and the Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship being offered to incoming freshmen who are living with epilepsy and pursuing higher education for the 2014/2015 school year. There is also the Berner Scholarship for Students with Epilepsy being offered to incoming freshmen or students who are already attending an undergraduate college in the 2014/2015 school year. Click here for more information and to download the applications, which are due by the end of April 2014.

FACES OF THE FOUNDATION


Every month we feature a "Face of the Foundation." Someone whose involvement in the organization, whether it is through services, support, and/or advocacy, has had a significant impact on the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and its mission. This month, we are featuring Jim, long time friend and advocate of the Epilepsy Foundation. He worked at EFGC for over thirty years and we are proud to offer the Jim Davies Scholarship in his honor.

March 2014 Jim Davies

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LATEST EFGC NEWS

Why Should You Attend the Charlie Foundation Family Day?

There’s only a few more weeks before the start of the Charlie Foundation’s  3rd International Symposium: Dietary Therapy for Epilepsy & Other Neurological Disorders. We are very excited about the professional component of this 4 day event, the premier venue to network and learn about the latest in research and clinical practice in the use of ketogenic therapies for brain disorders. Please watch this video on the benefit of diet plans for children with epilepsy. Click the link in this post to visit the Charlie Foundation website and register for this exciting event. 

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New Non-Invasive Method for Diagnosing Epilepsy

A team of University of Minnesota biomedical engineers and researchers from Mayo Clinic published a groundbreaking study that outlines how a new type of non-invasive brain scan taken immediately after a seizure gives additional insight into possible causes and treatments for epilepsy patients.

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Genetics: Rare epilepsy syndromes share autism mutations

Individuals with either of two rare forms of epilepsy have duplications or deletions that encompass genes implicated in autism and language impairment, according to a study published 27 June in Epilepsia1.

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The Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Foundation Awards Jenna Pedersen with Annual Scholarship

Jenna Pedersen, a student at Illinois State University from St. Charles, IL, was recently awarded with the first Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship. Jenna is honored to receive this award, which was created to provide financial support for the pursuit of higher education to a student living with epilepsy, who demonstrates a strong commitment to his/her education, and perseverance in overcoming the obstacles that epilepsy may present.  

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EFGC Welcomes Interim CEO, Business Marketer

Kurt Florian and Janet Anderson, both seasoned professionals in business and non-profit sectors, have joined the staff of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.  Florian was recently named Interim President & CEO by the EFGC Board of Directors, and Anderson is newly appointed Business Development Manager. 

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Philip Gattone, EFGC Head, Named National CEO

Philip M. Gattone, who has led the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (EFGC) for much of the past decade, has been named President & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, headquartered in Landover, Maryland.  He will begin his duties there later this month.

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Epileptic seizures linked to common childhood viral infection

 A ten-year NIH-funded study has determined that a third of infants with prolonged seizures and fever suffer from either a new or reactivated roseola virus infection. Roseola viruses are the cause of the common childhood rash, but can also cause limbic encephalitis, a condition that frequently progresses to epilepsy.

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