We invite you to join us in contributing to new therapies on the horizon to better understand and treat intractable epilepsy.
The Dr. Alfonsina Q. Davies Endowed Chair in Honor of Paul Crandall, M.D., for Epilepsy Research was established in 2011 through a generous pledge by Thomas and Nadia Davies in memory of their daughter, "Nina," and her surgeon, Dr. Paul Crandall. Gifts of any size enable UCLA to apply critical resources to help end this disorder and restore more patients to healthy, productive lives.
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Your gift will continue the legacy of Dr. Crandall, a physician scientist, who dedicated his life to innovating surgical techniques to treat patients who suffered from uncontrollable seizures. In the early 1960s, he looked beyond conventional wisdom to treat epilepsy with medications and delved into the depths of the human brain to find the location of the seizures. Dr. Crandall started the first Epilepsy Surgery Research Program at UCLA that laid the groundwork for hundreds of patients around the world to be cured of epilepsy.
Thomas and Nadia Davies invested more than a decade in search of a solution for the epileptic seizures that debilitated their daughter, Alfonsina, "Nina", since her birth. In 1977, Dr. Crandall performed an experimental brain surgery on their 17-year-old daughter to end the seizures. She went on to earn her doctoral degree in education and become the Assistant Superintendent of the Santa Ana School District. Throughout her career, Nina helped many children with disabilities and language barriers get a second chance at life just as she received a second chance with the help of Dr. Crandall.
Decades later, in 2011, Nina passed away due to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). In memory of their daughter Nina, and in honor of the years of full, rewarding life Dr. Crandall gave her, the Davies established an endowed chair in their names to continue to support UCLA as a world-leader in the surgical treatment of epilepsy for generations to come.
Dr. Crandall's spirit will live on in the Chair awarded to a preeminent physician-scientist with a history of creativity, innovation and willingness to view old problems in new ways with new technology. With the support this endowment provides, thousands more patients suffering from epilepsy will live in a future without seizures.
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