Dr. Taufik Valiante completed his residency in the Neurosurgery Training Program at the University of Toronto, and an Epilepsy Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle, under the mentorship of Dr. George Ojemann. In 2007 he established a state of the art five-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Toronto Western Hospital, significantly increasing surgical services to those with medically refractory epilepsy throughout the Province of Ontario. Through his involvement with professional and not-for profit epilepsy organizations, he is a strident advocate for the standardization of epilepsy care.
He is currently the Director of the Surgical Epilepsy Program at the Krembil Neuroscience Center, and an Affiliate Scientist at the Toronto Western Hospital Research Institute. His neurosurgical staff appointment is at the Toronto Western Hospital, and he is currently Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.
His CIHR-funded research focuses on in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological recordings of brain activity. His particular interest is in the association of such activity with cognitive processes, and the cellular mechanisms that underlie them. He studies the pathological disruption of such activity using optogenetics, and computational techniques.