Wilder Center for Epilepsy Research

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Endowed by Dr. BJ and Mrs. Eve Wilder

B Joe Wilder, MD, was a pivotal figure in the establishment of epilepsy services at the University of Florida. In 2012, the vision and generosity of Mrs Eve and Dr BJ Wilder resulted in the creation of an interdisciplinary epilepsy research center. Today, the Wilder Endowment supports epilepsy-related research and funds two faculty endowments at UF, the Wilder Family Professorship and the BJ and Eve Wilder Professorship.

The Wilder Center supports research in epilepsy and the brain science around epilepsy outside of clinical trials. The mandate of the Center is broad and essentially focuses on the interests of its members and affiliates. Presently, there are specific programs in the areas of brain dynamics and neuroimaging, but we welcome all areas of neuroscience with a connection to epilepsy. Faculty affiliates across the UF campus are always welcome.

The Wilder Center for Epilepsy Research hosts a biennial research update evening where epilepsy-interested researchers across the campus gather, discuss and network informally over a wine reception and buffet dinner. In March 2021, we welcomed our first Wilder visiting professor of epilepsy, Dr Patrick Chauvel (University of Pittsburgh & Marseilles, France). Future years will feature the research update evening during the week of the visiting professorship.

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