Science and Medicine: Neurology, Epilepsy

Dr. Stuart Apfel

Stuart Apfel is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at Downstate Medical Center, and has recently become an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University where he teaches an undergraduate course in neuroscience. His scientific research has largely focused on the potential clinical application of neurotrophic factors for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy and other neurodegenerative disorders, and on other aspects of translational medicine. He is a founder of Parallax Clinical Research, a consulting firm that works closely with biotechnology companies and pharmaceutical companies assisting them with advancing potential therapeutics from the laboratory to clinical trials, and ultimately to approval. Dr. Apfel is a popular lecturer at Einstein and Downstate, and has won teaching awards. In addition to his scientific activities, he gives regular shiurim in his community of West Hempstead, and has lectured widely on a variety of Torah related topics, mostly focused on Science and Judaism, Jewish History, and topics in Tanach. Sample Titles The Evolution of the Human Brain Repairing the Nervous System Why do we age, and what can we do about it? Alzheimer’s disease – Can we reduce our risk? From a Single Cell to the Most Complicated Structure in the Known Universe – Embryonic Development of the Brain Our Aging Brain – Can We Keep it Young? Sleep and Dreaming – How and Why Learning and Memory – How it Happens and How to Improve It Understanding Modern Medical Research The Torah Perspective on the Inflationary Universe and Dark Energy Adam and Chava and the Origins of Humanity Talmudic Medicine and other forms of Alternative Medicine Does God Play Dice with the Universe? – Understanding Chance from a Torah Perspective Should a Jew Believe in Evolution? The Mind / Brain / Soul – A Torah, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspective Torah Perspective on the Human Genome Project Orion and the Pleiades from the Perspective of Chazal The God Gene – Are we Genetically Programmed to Believe in God?...

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Dr. Solomon Moshé

Solomon L. Moshé, MD, President of the International League against Epilepsy (ILAE), is professor of neurology, neuroscience, and pediatrics at the Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx, New York. He is vice chairman of the department of neurology and director of child neurology and clinical neurophysiology. Since 1979, his research has focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying age- and sex-related differences in epilepsy in humans and animal models. In addition to his laboratory research he is actively involved in several large multicenter studies examining the consequences of prolonged febrile seizures and absence epilepsy. In over 20 years, Dr. Moshé has mentored over 200 scientists and clinicians from around the world in clinical epilepsy and basic science epilepsy-related research. Dr. Moshé has served as president of the American Epilepsy Society (2000-2001), the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (1996-1997) and the Eastern Association of Electroencephalographers (1992-1994). He has been a member of the executive committee and the professional advisory board of the Epilepsy Foundation and has served as the secretary-general of the executive committee of the International League against Epilepsy from 2005-2009. Dr. Moshé has received a number of honors and awards including a Teacher-Investigator Development Award and a Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the NIH, the Michael Prize for achievement in epilepsy research, the American Epilepsy Society Research Award, the Ambassador for Epilepsy Award from the International League against Epilepsy, the Gloor Award from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the J.E.Purkyne Honorary Medal in Biomedical Research by the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has also received the Mentor of the Year award from his own institution and the distinguished service award from the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern New York. He is an elected member of the American Neurological Association and the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Moshé has authored or co-authored over 300 publications. Sample Titles Understanding Epilepsy How Do Seizures Stop? Catastrophic Epilepsies: How to Get Rid of the Catastrophy Substantia Nigra and Age Related...

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