Major Milestones

  • 1998

    CURE is founded by Susan Axelrod.

  • 2000

    CURE co-sponsors the National Institutes of Health Conference – the first of its kind to focus on a cure for epilepsy.

  • 2002

    CURE establishes the first Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)-targeted research program.

  • 2007

    CURE establishes the first-ever Prevention of Epilepsy After Traumatic Brain Injury Award.

  • 2010

    CURE takes up another unprecedented initiative by publishing its State of Research in Epilepsies Report.

  • 2012

    CURE launches the Infantile Spasms (IS) Research Initiative to accelerate the understanding of IS and adaption of innovative therapy into the clinic.

  • 2015

    CURE launches a new signature program, the Epilepsy Genetics Initiative (EGI) creating a culture of personalized medicine for people with epilepsy.

  • 2018

    CURE funds the first four promising research projects as part of the Post-Traumatic Epilepsy initiative.

Research will lead us to a Cure

Our mission is to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research. We identify and fund cutting-edge research, challenging scientists worldwide to collaborate and innovate in pursuit of a cure for epilepsy.

Since being founded in 1998, CURE has been at the forefront of epilepsy research, raising more than $70 million to fund research and other initiatives.

The answers are out there, and we’re determined to find them.

Susan Axelrod


Blake Cunneen

Board Member

Vicky Holets-Whittemore, PHD

Program Director - NINDS

Laura Lubbers, PHD

Chief Scientific Officer

We Are Cure

We are Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) - the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy.

Our organization was founded by Susan Axelrod and mothers of children with epilepsy who joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure.