Welcome Professor Patrick Chauvel

12/Nov/2018     Mater Group

Mater is proud to officially welcome Professor Patrick Chauvel as Professorial Research Fellow at Mater Research.

Prof Chauvel is an internationally renowned researcher and specialist Neurologist and Neurophysiologist. He will be responsible for bringing together a team of researchers, neuroscientists and biomedical engineers under his mentorship to improve health outcomes for patients through collaboration across Mater Research and Mater Health.

After completing his medical and scientific studies Prof Chauvel joined the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) at the age of 27. He began his work in experimental and later clinical research in approaches of epileptic patients with drug-resistant partial epilepsies. This research was under the mentorship of Professors Jean Talairach and Jean Bancaud —known for their development of stereo-electroencephalography (Stereo-EEG) for epilepsy surgery.

Prof Chauvel served as the Director of the Stereo-EEG Unit in the Sainte-Anne Hospital Centre in Paris (1986-1990), then Professor and Chairman of Neurology in Rennes (1990-1997) where he formed a first –of-its-kind epilepsy unit incorporating research. Following this, Prof Chauvel moved to Marseille as Professor and Chairman of Clinical Neurophysiology and Director of the INSERM Institute of Systems Neuroscience (1997-2014).

In 2014, he relocated to the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center to promote the development of pre-surgical investigations using Stereo-EEG in North America.

Prof Chauvel’s knowledge and leadership will be a great asset at Mater, as the health and research teams work more closely for the benefit of patient care.

Prof Chauvel said it’s important for teams to work collaboratively, to move epilepsy research forward.

“When you put electrodes directly into the brain to record the epilepsy, it’s important to also have a research program to analyse why these unusual discharges in the brain are occurring and the relationship between the epilepsy and the rest of the brain and how much research progress it can bring,” said Prof Chauvel.

“We are surrounded by excellent researchers, neuroscientists, biomedical engineering and it’s exciting to bring them all together to build a team around all these activities.”

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