Wilder Visiting Professorship

Patrick_Chauvel, MDWelcome Professor Patrick Chauvel

2019 Wilder Visiting Professor


Patrick Chauvel trained at the University of Rennes and the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

On qualifying he was appointed as a INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale) researcher in Paris. He was for twenty years at Hôpital Sainte-Anne in Paris, in the Department of Functional Neurosurgery and the Unité INSERM de recherche sur l’Epilepsie, where his mentors were Jean Talairach and Jean Bancaud, the founders of the stereo-electroencephalographic (SEEG) method of characterizing focal epilepsies. In Paris, he contributed to the further development of presurgical investigations based on stereotactic anatomy and researched the pathophysiological mechanisms of focal epilepsies in experimental models.

He subsequently moved to Rennes as Chair of Neurology where he set up an epilepsy surgery program based on SEEG according to the Sainte-Anne school. He pioneered surgical understanding of extra-temporal epilepsies and nonlesional epilepsies, and in collaboration with  Roderick Duncan in Scotland advanced the use of ictal SPECT in the localization of partial seizures.His research at this time was in cognitive neurophysiology in collaboration with Eric Halgren and Catherine Liégeois-Chauvel. Dr Chauvel then moved to Marseilles where he continued to push the frontiers of surgical epileptology and researched human epileptogenic network mechanisms in collaboration with Fabrice Wendling and Jean-Louis Coatrieux in Rennes, amongst others.

Professor Chauvel is currently at the Epilepsy Center of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and his current research aims at documenting the concept of the epileptogenic zone as a hypersynchronous and distributed neural network.

For further information about the Wilder Visiting Professorship at the University of Florida, please email wildercenter@neurology.ufl.edu.