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Epileptologists Michael Privitera, MD, left, and David Ficker, MD, discuss a patient in the monitoring unit of the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.
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Epileptologists Michael Privitera, MD, left, and David Ficker, MD, discuss a patient in the monitoring unit of the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.
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Publish Date: 10/15/08
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Epilepsy Center Fundraiser Bullish on Wine

CINCINNATI—Jon Zipperstein, Susan Muth and Michael Privitera, MD, will host “Innovations in Epilepsy Research” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Embers Restaurant in Madeira. The second annual event will raise funds for epilepsy research at the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Institute.

The event will showcase a “sommelier’s tasting room” filled with “rare and extravagant wines that one rarely gets a chance to taste,” Muth says. The event also will feature guest bartenders, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction of fine wines, vacation and golf packages and gifts. Matthew Citriglia, a Level IV master sommelier, will head up the tasting room and answer guests’ questions about wine.

Zipperstein, owner of Embers, is a resident of Montgomery; Muth, founder of Strategic Business Solutions, Inc., is a resident of Indian Hill; and Privitera, director of the Epilepsy Center and professor of neurology, is a resident of Clifton.

Privitera says that the still-expanding auction, which offers a wide range of wines—from $20 bottles to a 1989 Haut Brion valued at $1,220—“is definitely shaping up to be the best wine auction I have ever seen in this region.”

Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations and information, contact Jennifer Dilbert of the UC Foundation at (513) 558-6903 or Jennifer.Dilbert@uc.edu.

The event’s platinum sponsor is American Financial Group; gold sponsors are Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald, Carespring Health Care Management, and Edyth Lindner. Embers restaurant is donating the use of the entire restaurant and all of the food.

The Epilepsy Center, identified as a center of excellence by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, cares for more epilepsy patients than any other center in the region and includes the region’s only Level IV epilepsy monitoring unit. The comprehensive program includes detailed evaluation, coordinated medical and surgical treatment, and clinical trials that make the newest therapies available to patients. It is known internationally for its role in developing new seizure medications and for its work in brain imaging.

The UC Neuroscience Institute, a regional center of excellence at University Hospital and the UC College of Medicine, is dedicated to patient care, research, education and the development of new treatments for stroke, brain and spinal tumors, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain and spinal injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, disorders of the senses (swallowing, voice, hearing, pain, taste and smell) and psychiatric conditions (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression).



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