After a PhD in Neurosciences at the University Pierre and Marie Curie-Paris VI, Catherine Liegeois Chauvel started as Charge de Recherches in the INSERM unit, U 97, led by Jean Bancaud at Ste Anne Hospital in Paris in 1985. She was, the first, to describe the anatomo-physiology organization of the auditory cortex in Man. The intracerebral electrodes implanted in patients undergoing presurgical investigations for intractable epilepsy provided an unique opportunity to record in vivo the cortical responses. A functional asymmetry of the right and left auditory cortices has been demonstrated and a physiological index of speech perception underlying the hemispheric lateralization for language comprehension has been evidenced from the left auditory cortex.
Then, she pursued her carrier as Director de Recherche in Marseille (INSERM unit , U 751 then U 1106, led by Pr P Chauvel). Her research was dedicated on the characterization of the language networks and the spatio-temporal dynamics of the ventral and dorsal streams.
Since 2013, she has a tight collaboration with the department of Epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where she has developed cognitive assessment in epileptic patients by the analyses of electrophysiological markers of the neuronal processes underlying language perception and production along with the verbal memory.
Director de Recherches Emeritus since September 2018, she is spending part of her research time at the Cleveland Clinic and the Language, Cognition and Brain Sciences Laboratory at the Queensland University of Technology lead by Pr G de Zubicaray, as Adjunct Professor.
Her current research is focused on the improvement of the functional language mappingin epilepsy surgery, applyingan innovative multi-modal method, combining state-of-the art imaging(7T fMRI) and electrophysiological techniques (Intracerebral recordings).