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HUNTSVILLE (July 24, 2013) – Martina Bebin, M.D.,  North Alabama Children’s Specialist’s neurologist, was recently awarded the 2013 Manuel R. Gomez Award for her outstanding achievement in Tuberous Sclerosis research.

The award was established in 1995 to honor Gomez, who is often called the father of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in the United States and is given annually to an individual who has made a significant breakthrough in tuberous sclerosis complex research, or for their body of research to advance understanding of TSC, and/or to provide clinical care for individuals with the disease.

Bebin is a UAB Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and pediatric neurologist at Children’s of Alabama. Bebin practices at North Alabama Children’s Specialists in Huntsville. Established in 1994, the practice serves as a satellite office for the only freestanding pediatric facility in the state. This award reflects a collaborative effort between UAB and Children’s that culminated in a multispecialty clinic for both children and adults affected by Tuberous Sclerosis.

Tuberous sclerosis or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare multi-system genetic disease that causes non-malignant tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs such as the kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs and skin. A combination of symptoms may include seizures, developmental delay, behavioral problems, skin abnormalities and lung and/or kidney disease.

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