Patrik Vuilleumier is a neurologist who is using brain imaging techniques, such as functional resonance magnetic imaging (fMRI), to study the cerebral mechanisms of emotion, perception, and action, as well as their link with awareness. After first training in neurology and neuropsychology in Geneva and Lausanne, he pursued his research in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California in Davis (1997-1999), and then neuroimaging at the University College London (1999-2002). He is now leading the Laboratory for Neurology and Imaging of Cognition at Geneva University Medical Center, in connection with the Department of Clinical Neurology at Geneva University Hospital. His current research investigates how neural circuits in the human brain enable emotion signals to influence cognition and guide behavior, as well as the effect of brain lesions and psychiatric diseases on emotion, perception, and consciousness.