Wilder Center for Epilepsy Research

The Wilder Center for Epilepsy Research was established to promote basic and clinical research in the neurological disorder of Epilepsy across the age continuum.  The Center provides faculty, and post-doctoral fellows protected time and resources for performing high-impact epilepsy research without burdening clinical responsibilities.  The long term goal of the Center is to establish a highly interactive multidisciplinary program to advance basic and clinical research on epilepsy to understand the mechanisms underlying epilepsy in children and adults and develop new treatment strategies for this common neurological disorder.

 The Wilder Center strives to:

  • Increase total research output (including publications, presentations and intellectual properties) and external funding (state, federal, corporate and foundation) for research and education in epilepsy.
  • Increase collaboration among the diverse faculty working in the area of epilepsy.
  • Facilitate integrated basic and clinical research toward translational research through partnerships with the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida and other UF Colleges, Institutes and Centers as well as industry.
  • Provide an infrastructure for the coordination of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and junior faculty mentoring/education/training in epilepsy research.

Among it’s various activities in epilepsy research the Wilder Center for Epilepsy Research facilitates collaborative research in epilepsy through the following activities:

  • Pre and post doctoral education and junior faculty mentoring in epilepsy research
  • Monthly epilepsy lecture series, with internal and external speakers, which is open to medical students, professional and graduate students, post doctoral fellows and faculty as well as members of partner institutions.
  • Coordinates with existing institutions and centers at UF that address epilespy to create synergy across campus.
  • Seeks external funding especially from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other federal funding agencies as well as private funding agencies, including Exploratory/Developmental Projects in Translational Research for Resistent Epilepsy and Epileptogenesis, Epilepsy Foundation of America, American Epilepsy Society and Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.
  • Promotes new areas of innovative epilepsy research.
  • Compliments current and existing research strengths.
  • Improves epilepsy research resources and environment.


Participating Faculty

Neurology Epilepsy Faculty:

Jean E. Cibula, MD

Stephan Eisenschenk, MD

Maria Hella, MD

Pediatric Neurology Epilepsy Faculty:


Zhao Liu, MD

Krestin Radonovich, PhD

Neurosurgery Faculty:

William A. Friedman, MD

Steven N. Roper, MD

David Pincus, MD

Frank Bova, PhD

Gregory JA Murad, MD

Neuro-Psychology Faculty:

Russell M. Bauer, PhD

Shelley Heaton, PhD

Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Faculty:

Brenda G. Fahy, MD


Neuro-Ophthalmology Faculty:

Hazem Samy, MD

Neuroradiology Faculty:

Christopher Firment, MD

Ron Quisling, MD

Neuropathology Faculty:

Anthony Yachnis, MD, MS

Biomedical Engineering Faculty:

Jose Principe, PhD

Mingzhou Ding, PhD

Aysegul Gunduz, PhD


Obstetrics and Gynecology Maternal-Fetal Medicine:

Anthony R. Gregg, MD

Neurology Faculty:

Karen McFarland, PhD

Lucas J. Beerepoot, MD

Kenneth M. Heilman, MD

Computer & Information Science & Engineering:

Anand Rangarajan, PhD

Baba C Vemuri, PhD