Stéphanie Debette is Professor of epidemiology at Bordeaux University and INSERM Center U1219 (Bordeaux Population Health Center), where she directs the VINTAGE team (Vascular and neurological diseases: INTegrative And Genetic Epidemiology). She is also practicing neurologist at Bordeaux University Hospital and adjunct associate professor in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, USA. She holds a master degree in statistical genetics (2004) and a PhD in Epidemiology (2008, Lille University and Pasteur Institute Lille, France).
Before joining Bordeaux University she completed a residency in Neurology and a Stroke Fellowship at Lille University Hospital. After a research fellowship in clinical neuroscience at St George's University Hospital, London, UK, she worked for two years as a Fulbright post-doctoral research fellow at Boston University School of Medicine, within the Framingham Heart Study neurology research team. She returned to France with a Chair of Excellence from the French National Research Agency (ANR) and worked as an Associate Professor at University of Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines and Inserm U708, and subsequently Lariboisière Hospital (department of neurology) and Inserm U1161 (Paris 7 University, genetics and pathophysiology of cerebrovascular disease), until 2014.
Stéphanie Debette's research focuses primarily on investigating the genetic and environmental determinants of complex, age-related neurological conditions, especially cerebral small artery disease, stroke, and MRI-markers of brain aging. She has co-authored 100+ papers (including first or last author papers in Nat Genet, Lancet Neurol, BMJ, Ann Neurol, Circulation, Neurology). She obtained an ERC starting grant to study genetic determinants of early structural brain alterations in young students, and she coordinates a European (JPND) grant on “next generation” genomic approaches to detect risk and protective factors for brain imaging markers of cognitive decline and dementia. S Debette is a longstanding collaborator of the Cohorts of Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) consortium and currently vice-chair of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium (ISGC). She coordinates the international CADISP consortium on genetic and environmental risk factors of cervical artery dissections and the Bordeaux Hospital-University Federation on small artery disease in brain, heart and retina (FHU SMART). S Debette is an editorial board member of Stroke and the European Journal of Stroke, and serves on the scientific committee of the French Foundation for Stroke Research.