Global Conference 2010
Founder and Chair, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)
Susan Axelrod is Founder and Chair of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). In 1998, Axelrod and two other mothers, frustrated with their inability to protect their children from the devastation of uncontrollable seizures and the side effects of medications, joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure. Under Axelrod′s leadership, CURE has redefined the goals of epilepsy research as "no seizures, no side effects." CURE funds cutting-edge research grants and sponsors landmark conferences, beginning with the 2000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Conference "Curing Epilepsy: Focus on the Future." CURE′s commitment has earned the group the Child Neurology Foundation′s 2008 Advocacy Award of Merit. Axelrod serves on NIH′s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, and as a consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program within the Department of Defense. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Business School.