Dr. Amanda Hunt & Dr. Paul A. Rutecki: November 8, 2018

Veterans Day Reminds All to Thank Veterans for Their Service and Honor

VA Continues to Find Solutions for Epilepsy

Dr. Amanda Hunt

Portfolio Manager, Office of Research & Development, Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Paul A. Rutecki

National Director of VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence, Department of Veterans Affairs

With Veterans Day fast approaching on November 11th, it is an important opportunity to thank our Veterans for their service and honor. The observance of this day is also important in raising awareness about epilepsy well as the continued emphasis on research and the resources available for the care and support of our Veterans.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that over 80,000 Veterans with epilepsy get their care in the VA health care system with a prevalence of 1.25% which is similar to the general US prevalence but higher than expected when one considers that epilepsy precludes joining the military.

In recognition of Veterans Day and November being National Epilepsy Awareness Month, Dr. Hunt and Dr. Rutecki are available for LIVE interviews on Thursday, November 08, to express their gratitude to Veterans for their service and to discuss how VA research is making a difference for Veterans.


For more information please visit www.research.va.gov


Dr. Amanda Hunt:

Amanda Hunt, PhD, Portfolio Manager for Epilepsy Research, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development

Dr. Hunt is a science administrator who manages a portfolio of research projects within the VA Office of Research and Development that includes epilepsy and other neurological disorders such as traumatic brain injury and stroke. These investigator-initiated research projects focus on preclinical models of disease as well as clinical interventions aimed at helping Veterans recover from these disorders. She has been with the VA since 2011 and before that worked with the nonprofit organizations AAAS and AIBS where she managed the peer review of scientific proposals from across the country. Dr. Hunt received her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in biology from Southwestern University in Georgetown TX.

Dr. Paul A. Rutecki:

Paul A. Rutecki, MD, is a neurologist and epileptologist who has trained in cellular neurophysiology.  His research goals are to understand the network behavior of the hippocampus and particularly the CA3 region and how the synaptic and intrinsic membrane properties lead to abnormal neuronal synchronization that is the hallmark of epilepsy. He is also involved in clinical studies of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and clinical trials of stimulation devices that are used to treat intractable epilepsy. Dr. Rutecki received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his postgraduate training at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rutecki is also a Professor of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and national director of the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence.

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