Supporting the Epilepsy Community
At Eisai we collaborate and consult with professional, medical, scientific, patient, and civic organizations that represent the interests of patients and health care providers in the epilepsy community.
Eisai supports and sponsors activities and efforts with advocacy organizations to help expand disease awareness, better understand patient and health care provider perspectives and needs, enhance sponsored research, improve the quality of health care, provide health screenings, supply education on health care topics, and/or develop or advocate on policy or regulatory positions and matters.
We also encourage Eisai employees to participate in community events as part of the company’s human health care (hhc) mission to help make a difference in the lives of patients and their caregivers.
National Walk for Epilepsy:
The National Walk for Epilepsy, held annually by the Epilepsy Foundation, is a community celebration among friends, families, corporations and organizations gathering to celebrate their fundraising success and demonstrate their support in the fight against epilepsy. Eisai attended and sponsored the Washington, D.C. event for the 8th year and was accompanied by friends of the community, Magnolia Paws for Compassion and Jumo, creators of the Medikidz series. The Eisai booth featured the Magnolia Paws for Compassion therapy dogs, Medikidz characters and an interactive craft station for kids to design their own superhero cape. Money raised from the National Walk for Epilepsy helps the Epilepsy Foundation provide services for people living with epilepsy, provide awareness programs to the community and aid research funding for the condition.
At this year’s National Walk, Eisai launched the sixth book in the “Medikidz Explain Epilepsy” series, "Understanding Transitional Care in Epilepsy."
"Understanding Transitional Care in Epilepsy" tells the story of Julia and Brian, two young adults experiencing life with epilepsy. In the story, Brian, age 20, shares his epilepsy journey with Julia, age 16, in an effort to help her navigate the transition process from pediatric care to adult care by sharing his advice about the process. The comic book is a helpful conversation-starter and demonstrates that transitioning from pediatric to adult health care can be a more manageable process with greater knowledge and the support of loved ones.
Click here to order the new book, "Understanding Transitional Care in Epilepsy."
Athletes vs. Epilepsy:
Athletes vs. Epilepsy is a nationwide program focused on increasing epilepsy awareness and helping to raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation. The initiative brings epilepsy awareness to sports through the participation of athletes of all ages and skill levels, as well as their supportive friends, family and fans. Participants share stories about their own challenges with epilepsy or help raise funds and awareness in honor of a friend or family member living with epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation’s mission is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including advocacy, education and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. The Epilepsy Foundation and Athletes vs. Epilepsy are dedicated to ensuring that people with epilepsy can experience all that life has to offer.
Eisai has been a supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation for many years. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. In 2014, Eisai provided support for multiple Foundation activities, including the National Walk for Epilepsy on the Mall in Washington, DC and the Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards Gala. Eisai also supports many regional Foundation activities across the nation including its sponsorship of children with epilepsy to help them attend regional summer camps such as Camp Nova.
Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York:
In addition to supporting the Epilepsy Foundation nationally, Eisai supports local and regional organizations with diverse independent programming. In 2014, Eisai became a “Keeper of the Flame” sponsor of the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York’s 2nd Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day at Citi Field. Six local families were awarded the Mets Spirit Award, which honors families making a significant impact on the community by raising epilepsy awareness. Founded in 1967, the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York provides a wide variety of services and support to persons with epilepsy, their families, and the community.
LGS Foundation (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome):
Eisai has also supported the LGS Foundation for a number of years. Their mission is to provide information about Lennox-Gastaut syndrome while raising funds for research, services, and support for individuals living with LGS and their families. The LGS Foundation provides services and information to thousands of members across the world. In 2012 and 2013, Eisai partnered with the LGS Foundation to produce and disseminate the “Minute by Minute” and “Transition of Care” series of educational videos.
Anita Kaufmann Foundation:
The mission of The Anita Kaufmann Foundation is to educate the public about epilepsy and brain trauma, and help people to understand the conditions are nothing to be feared. Eisai has supported their mission for years, including Purple Day®, which began as a grassroots effort led by nine-year old Megan Cassidy who was motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. The awareness day is now spearheaded by The Anita Kaufman Foundation and celebrated annually by Eisai.
Child Neurology Foundation:
The Child Neurology Foundation advocates for children and adolescents with neurological and developmental disorders by providing research awards to young investigators, promoting career opportunities in the field of child neurology, and creating educational programs for neurologists, pediatricians, nurses, and the community. In partnership with the Child Neurology Foundation, in 2013 Eisai announced that the first annual Michael SanInocencio Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) Research Award was presented to Maura Madou, MD, Child Neurology Fellow at University of California – San Francisco, Benioff Children's Hospital, to facilitate her research on LGS. This year, Eisai is a sponsor of the CNF initiative, “Transition of Care,” which further guides transitioning youth living with epilepsy to the adult health care system.
FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures):
FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) is affiliated with New York University Langone Medical Center and its Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. FACES funds research to improve epilepsy care, advances new therapies, and fosters a supportive community for children, families and caregivers who live with the challenges of epilepsy. Eisai sponsors the Annual FACES Epilepsy Conference, FACES Gala and Peace of Mind Lecture Series to support their mission to improve the quality of life for all those affected by epilepsy and seizures
CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy):
CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) is dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy by raising funds for research and by increasing awareness of the prevalence and devastation of this disease. In May 2014, CURE hosted its first annual Mother’s Day campaign to honor CURE’s founders and women who make an impact in the lives of their families, including mothers of children with epilepsy. The goal of the campaign, which is sponsored by Eisai, is to increase awareness of epilepsy and raise funds for epilepsy research through fundraising and donation efforts.
4 Paws for Ability:
Eisai is a longtime supporter of 4 Paws for Ability, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities, including those with epilepsy, by the training and placement of quality, task-trained service dogs to provide increased independence for the children and assistance to their families.
Child Neurology Society:
The Child Neurology Society is the preeminent non-profit professional association of pediatric neurologists in the United States, Canada, and worldwide, devoted to fostering the discipline of child neurology and promoting the optimal care and welfare of children with neurological and neuro-developmental disorders. Eisai is a long-term supporter of its annual conference and supports various educational efforts.
American Academy of Neurology:
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is the world's largest professional association of neurologists, and their website AAN.com is the leading online resource for neurologists across the world. Eisai is a long-time supporter of the AAN through a sponsorship of their corporate roundtable.
American Epilepsy Society:
One of the oldest neurological professional organizations in the country, the American Epilepsy Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation, and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy. Eisai sponsors AES by providing medical education and corporate sponsorships each year at its annual conference, and is one of the corporate sponsors of the Fellows Epi-Port Program and the Nurse and Young Investigator Awards.