It is with deep sadness that we note the passing of a good friend, Dr. Carol Kruse. Carol was a leader in researching the underlying mechanisms of RE and one of my scientific mentors who encouraged me on my quest to advance research into the disease. Carol ran a laboratory at UCLA and along with Drs. Geoffrey Owens and Gary Mathern have led ground breaking research into RE utilizing the human brain tissue we collect from around the world in an effort to create a mouse model. Carol was a kind person and dedicated to helping individuals impacted by the rare epilepsies.
Geoff and Carol in their UCLA lab.
Carol had a great sense of humor. After listening to one of my musings about research and my interest in being a doctor for a day, she ordered me up a full white lab coat with my name and the RE Children’s Project just beneath. I will miss Carol. The RE community has lost an important advocate.