Dr. Helen Scharfman Receives Basic Science Research Award

Dr Helen Scharfman

Helen Scharfman, PhD, has received the annual Basic Science Research Award from the American Epilepsy Society (AES), in recognition of her distinguished research career which holds promise for the improved understanding and treatment of epilepsy.

The award was presented on December 7 at the 2019 AES Annual Meeting in Baltimore, where Dr. Scharfman presented on “Contributing to Basic Research About Epilepsy”.

Dr. Scharfman is a senior research scientist in the Center for Dementia Research at NKI, where her laboratory focuses on mechanisms that regulate excitability and plasticity in the brain. She has published over 150 articles and edited or co-edited five books.

In addition, Dr. Scharfman has been an active contributor to the AES, the Epilepsy Foundation, and the International League Against Epilepsy.

She has also served on the editorial boards of several journals including Journal of Neuroscience and Science Translational Medicine, and has been a contributing editor for Epilepsy Currents.