After achieving his medical and scientific studies in Neurology and in Neuroscience, Patrick Chauvel became an INSERM (Paris) researcher (1975). At that time, he began his work in experimental and later clinical research into the mechanisms of the epilepsies. Under the mentorship of Talairach and Bancaud at Hospital Sainte-Anne/University René Descartes, Paris, he developed SEEG (Stereo-Electro-EncephaloGraphy) as a presurgical method in epilepsy surgery. His research work has been devoted  to the pathophysiology of the epileptogenic zone, emergence of seizure clinical semiology, and cerebral cortex physiology. He has promoted the concept of epileptogenic network over the classical epileptic focus idea and opened new vistas in markers of the epileptogenic zone and semiology of focal epilepsies. Taking over from Jean Bancaud, Patrick Chauvel served as the Director of the SEEG Unit in Hospital Sainte-Anne in Paris (1986-1990), then Professor and Chairman of Neurology in Rennes (1990-1997) where he configured a new type of Epilepsy Unit including research, then Professor and Chairman of Clinical Neurophysiology and Director of the INSERM Institute of Systems Neuroscience in Marseille (1997-2014). In 2014, he relocated to the Epilepsy Center of the Cleveland Clinic in order to promote the development of presurgical investigation using SEEG in North America. He was appointed as Professor of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. In Brisbane, as Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, he guided developing SEEG-based epilepsy surgery and related research program.

He is currently Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, and Professor Emeritus of Physiology at Aix-Marseille University.

He is the author of more than 250 original articles in international journals and is a member of several international Scientific and Medical Societies. He has been elected as a Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Belgium.


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