Charlotte Dravet, M.D.


Video of Dr. Dravet’s presentation to the 2013 Family, Physician and Researcher Conference

Psychiatrist, specialized in epileptology.

Consultant in the Department of Infantile Neuropsychiatry (Pr E.Mercuri), Ospedale A . Gemelli, Roma, Italy

Scientific Consultant at the IRCCS  Stella Maris Foundation, Pisa, Italy.


Graduation in 1965 from the Faculty of Medicine, Aix-Marseille University, with a thesis on the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Training in Pediatry, Marseille, from 1962 to 1965.

Qualification as Psychiatrist, in 1971.

Stage in the Child EEG Department of the Dr A. Lerique, Hôpital Saint-Vincent de Paul, Paris, in 1972.

Stage in the Department of Functional Neurosurgery of the Pr Talairach, with the Dr Bancaud, Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Paris, in 1972.

Resident physician at the Centre Saint-Paul, from 1965 onward, with specialization in epileptology with Pr Henri Gastaut and Dr Joseph Roger, and in child psychiatry with Pr René Soulayrol.

Associate Medical Director of the Centre Saint-Paul, from 1989 to 2000.

Former President of the French League Against Epilepsy 1997-1999

Ambassador of the International League Against Epilepsy.

European Epileptology Award, Vienna, 2004.

Premio Internazionale “Trotula de Ruggiero”, Ospedali Riuniti “San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi D’Aragona”, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Salerno, March 2009.

Invited lecturer at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston: “Peter Kellaway, Ph.D. Endowed Lectureship in Epilepsy”, 2010

Invited lecturer at the Miami Children Hospital, Miami: “Robert F. Cullen, Jr, MD, Lecture”, 2010

In 2011 she has been nominated Chevalier in the French Order of the Legion d’Honneur


Honorary member of the

Italian League Against Epilepsy.

Argentine League Against Epilepsy

Chilian League Against Epilepsy.

Slovenian League Against Epilepsy

Member of the

French EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology Society.

French Neuropediatric Society.

European Neuropediatric Society.

French Pediatric Society, 1976-1990.

French Childhood and Adolescence Psychiatry Society, 1978-2000.

Member of the Task Force on Classification and Terminology of the International League Against Epilepsy, 1996-2004.

Member of the Scientific Board of the French Foundation for Research on Epilepsy, 1991-1993.

Member of the Scientific Board of the European Academy “Eurepa”, 1995 -2001

Member of the Scientific Board of the International Dravet syndrome Epilepsy Action League

Member of the Board of the French Comité National pour l’Epilepsie and organizer of the first National Epilepsy Day in France (2000).

Active participation in numerous meetings on Epilepsy in France and abroad.

Invited speaker to numerous international congresses and symposia.

Invited to conferences, seminars and teaching in France and other countries: Argentine, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Rumania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United-States, Yugoslavia.

Co-organizer, with doctors J. Roger and M. Bureau, of three International workshops on Childhood Epilepsies, at the Centre Saint-Paul, Marseille, in 1983, 1985, 1987.

Co-organizer, with doctors J. Roger, P. Genton,, M. Bureau, F. Andermann and C.A. Tassinari, of an International Workshop on Progressive Myoclonies Epilepsies, at Marseille, in 1989.

Co-organizer, with professors F.E. Dreifuss, C. Lombroso, and B. Dalla Bernardina, and doctor M. Bureau, of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on the childhood epilepsies, at Marseille, in 1992.

Organizer, with M. Bureau and professors  B. Dalla Bernardina (Vérone, Italy) and R. Guerrini (Florence, Italy) of an international workshop « Dravet syndrome : Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy in Infancy,  30 years later », Verona, October 4-6, 2009.

Co-editor, with J. Roger, M. Bureau, F.E. Dreifuss, P. Wolf and A. Perret, of the book “Epileptic Syndromes in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence” in French and in English, published by John Libbey, Eurotext, 1st edition in 1985, 2nd edition in 1992; 3rd edition in 2002, 4th edition in 2005, with J. Roger, M. Bureau, P. Genton,P. Wolf and C.A. Tassinari.

Co-editor, with A.V. Delgado-Escueta, R. Guerrini, M.T. Medina, P. Genton, and M. Bureau, of the book “Myoclonic epilepsies”, Advances in Neurology, vol. 95, published by Lippincott Williams&Willkins, in 2005.

Author, with Renzo Guerrini, of  the book,”Dravet syndrome”, John Libbey Ltd Ed, 2011

Author, with Pierre Jallon, of the book « L’enfant épileptique » (French), Privat,  Eds, 1985.

Author of the book “Comprendre l’épilepsie” (French), John Libbey Ltd Ed, 2005.

Co-author of the book « Epilepsies. Guide à l’usage des patients et de leur entourage» (French), 2nd ed. Bash, 2010.

Numerous publications with a special interest for: the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, the different types of epilepsies with myoclonias in childhood, benign and severe, the lesional and cryptogenic partial epilepsies, the H.H.E. syndrome, the epileptic syndromes, the medical treatment, the neuropsychological disturbances in early epilepsies…

Author of the first (“princeps”) description of the Severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (1978) which, later on, has been named Dravet syndrome, and which is recognized as one of the most severe epilepsies of the first year of life and a model for studying genetic childhood epilepsies.

Marseille, July 2012

Video of Dr. Dravet’s presentation

published jul 2013
last edit sep 2013