In 1998, Susan 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 for epilepsy. Under her leadership, CURE has successfully redefined the goals of epilepsy research as “no seizures, no side effects.” Susan serves on the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council and also as a consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program within the Department of Defense. Susan has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her passionate advocacy.
Industry Expertise (6)
Medical Equipment / Supplies / Distribution
Health Care - Services
Health Care - Providers
Areas of Expertise (6)
Leadership and Training
Volunteer Leadership and Development
Treating Stroke Victims
2010 Chicagoan of the Year Recipient (professional)
Research!America’s 2007 Llura and Gordon Gund Volunteer Leadership Award Recipient (professional)
Council Member (professional)
Susan serves on the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council.
Consumer Reviewer (professional)
Susan serves as a consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program within the Department of Defense.
Colorado College: B.A., Humanities
University of Chicago Business School: MBA, Business Administration/Health Service Administration
Sample Talks (3)
New Attitudes and New Approaches to Treating Epilepsy
Susan was an invited speaker at the Inaugural Judith Hoyer Lecture in Epilepsy, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in November of 2003.
The Importance of Patient-Doctor Communication
Susan spoke to this topic at the 29th International Epilepsy Congress 2011.
Medical Philanthropy: Investing in the ‘Cure Enterprise
Susan participated in this panel discussion at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference.
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