Patrick Cossette

Affiliation : Université de Montréal
Organization : CHUM - Hôpital Notre-Dame
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About Patrick Cossette

Dr. Patrick Cossette is assistant professor with the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal. He is also a neurologist at the CHUM, where he heads the program on epilepsy. In his clinical practice, Dr. Cossette is particularly interested in drug-resistant forms of epilepsy. He has been principal investigator at the CHUM Research Centre since 2004.

Dr. Cossette’s research deals with the genetics and molecular mechanisms underlying epilepsy. He identified the first gene involved in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and his lab has recently identified a new susceptibility gene for epilepsy and autism. In addition to conducting research into the genetic susceptibility for epilepsy, his research team is attempting to identify the molecular determinants that predict lack of response to various anti-epileptic treatments.


Dr. Cossette is an FRQS senior clinical research scholar; he has had the ongoing support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) since 1999. He is the principal investigator for the Epilepsy Centers without Walls program recently launched by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and co-investigator for Epi4K, a project funded by NIH aiming to map the entire genome of 4,000 people with epilepsy. In 2009, he was awarded the Maud Menten Prize by the Institute of Genetics of the CIHR in recognition of the quality of his clinical research.

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