CO-FOUNDERS

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Sotirios Keros MD PhD

Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota Sanford Children’s Hospital, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Dr. Keros is a pediatric neurologist and epilepsy specialist who has 20 years of clinical experience in treating seizures and movement disorders. Dr. Keros studied both Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Duke university, and has a basic science background which includes a PhD in the neurosciences from the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he researched mechanisms related to epilepsy. He also obtained his MD from the University of Alabama through an NIH-funded scholarship (the Medical Scientist Training Program). He then spent 10 years at Weill Cornell Medical College as a trainee and later as faculty where he continued his laboratory research on treatments for epilepsy in both animal models and human stem cell systems. Four years ago he moved his clinical practice to Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls South Dakota in order to provide epilepsy care to children in an area of the country with a drastic shortage of child neurologists. It was in South Dakota that he met his first patient with a KCNMA1 channelopathy. His combined background in neurology and ion channel physiology was perfectly suited for helping children with this condition, and it spurred him to begin research collaborations and to establish KCIAF.org.

 

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Andrea Meredith PhD

Associate Professor in Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Meredith received her doctoral degree in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She performed her postdoctoral training as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Fellow at Stanford University, where she began her studies of the ‘Big K+’ (BK) potassium ion channel encoded by the KCNMA1 gene, in the lab of Dr. Richard Aldrich, a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2006, Dr. Meredith established her lab at The University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where her research focuses on the molecular and biophysical mechanisms that regulate BK channel activity in neurological and neuromuscular function. Dr. Meredith is widely recognized for her work on the physiological roles for the BK channel, pioneering transgenic animal models that include both loss-of-function and gain-of-function mutations in the KCNMA1 gene.

Dr. Meredith has authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications. Her research is currently funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and The S&R Foundation. She is a standing member of the Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling (NTRC) NIH Study Section, Councilor of the Society of General Physiologists, and Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Journal of General Physiology and the Biophysical Society/Institute of Physics. Dr. Meredith is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Maryland Outstanding Young Scientist Award and Allan C. Davis medal (The Maryland Science Center), a 2009 Scientist Development Award from the American Heart Association, the 2011 S&R Foundation Ryuji Ueno Award for Ion Channels Research (The American Physiological Society), and the 2017 Society of Physiologists Lecturer (Membrane Biophysics Subgroup of the Biophysical Society).

More information on Dr. Meredith and her research program can be found at meredithlab.org


Board Members

Sotirios Keros MD PhD (President/Treasurer)

Michael Kruer MD

Andrea Meredith PhD (Vice-President/Secretary)