CV - VASSAL Francois

Neurosurgeon in the University-Hospital of Saint-Etienne (FRANCE) since 2006.  

Main topics of interest: brain mapping, image-guided surgery, awake surgery of brain tumors, functional neurosurgery 

Ph.D. student since 2012. My current research focuses on the anatomical and functional mapping of the language connectome, with clinical application in the surgical management of brain tumor patients.



  • 2006 M.D., University Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne (FRANCE)
  • 2006 Master 2 Research (Neuroscience), University Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, Lyon (FRANCE) 
  • 2005 Master 1 Biological and Medical Sciences, University Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne (FRANCE) 


Personalized mapping of the deep brain with a white matter attenuated inversion recovery (WAIR) sequence at 1.5-tesla: Experience based on a series of 156 patients

2016 - Zerroug A,Gabrillargues J,Coll G,Vassal F,Jean B,Chabert E,Claise B,Khalil T,Sakka L,Feschet F,Durif F,Boyer L,Coste J,Lemaire JJ Neurochirurgie n°62(4) - pp 183-9

CSF Lumbar Drainage: A Safe Surgical Option in Refractory Intracranial Hypertension Associated with Acute Posttraumatic External Hydrocephalus

2016 - Manet R,Schmidt EA,Vassal F,Charier D,Gergele L Acta Neurochir Suppl n°122 - pp 55-9

Robot-guided neuronavigated rTMS as an alternative therapy for central (neuropathic) pain: Clinical experience and long-term follow-up

2016 - Pommier B,Creach C,Beauvieux V,Nuti C,Vassal F,Peyron R Eur J Pain n°20(6) - pp 907-16

Subthalamus stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease: accounting for the bilaterality of contacts

2016 - Lemaire JJ,Pereira B,Derost P,Vassal F,Ulla M,Morand D,Coll G,Gabrillargues J,Marques A,Debilly B,Coste J,Durif F Surgical Neurology International n°7(Suppl35) - S837-S847

Vagoglossopharyngeal neuralgia revealed through predominant digestive vagal manifestations. Case report and literature review.

2016 - Antherieu P,Vassal F,Sindou M Neurochirurgie n°62(3) - pp 174-7

Presurgical Assessment of the Sensorimotor Cortex Using Resting-State fMRI

2016 - Schneider FC,Pailler M,Faillenot I,Vassal F,Guyotat J,Barral FG,Boutet C AJNR Am J Neuroradiol n°37(1) - pp 101-7

Combined DTI Tractography and Functional MRI Study of the Language Connectome in Healthy Volunteers: Extensive Mapping of White Matter Fascicles and Cortical Activations

2016 - Vassal F,Schneider F,Boutet C,Jean B,Sontheimer A,Lemaire JJ PLoS One n°11(3) - e0152614

[Young French neurosurgeons: Working conditions and outlook]

2015 - Pommier B,Manet R,Gay E,Vassal F,Nuti C,Hladky J Neurochirurgie n°61(5) - pp 304-11

Ex vivo confocal microscopy imaging to identify tumor tissue on freshly removed brain sample

2015 - Forest F,Cinotti E,Yvorel V,Habougit C,Vassal F,Nuti C,Perrot JL,Labeille B,Peoch M J Neurooncol n°124(2) - pp 157-64

Cerebral relapsing meningioma: a surgical series with lack of reliability of standard parameters establishing prognosis

2015 - Forest F,Yvorel V,Vassal F,Trombert B,Dumollard JM,Nuti C,Peoch M Anticancer Res n°35(6) - pp 3559-62

BRAF V600 point mutation is not present in relapsing meningioma

2015 - Forest F,Yvorel V,Vassal F,Trombert B,Dumollard JM,Nuti C,Peoch M Clin Neuropathol n°34(3) - pp 164-5

Isolated primary central nervous system lymphoma arising from the optic chiasm.

2014 - Vassal F,Pommier B,Boutet C,Forest F,Campolmi N,Nuti C Neurochirurgie n°60(6) - pp 312-5

Electrical modulation of neuronal networks in brain-injured patients with disorders of consciousness: A systematic review

2014 - Lemaire JJ,Sontheimer A,Nezzar H,Pontier B,Luaute J,Roche B,Gillart T,Gabrillargues J,Rosenberg S,Sarret C,Feschet F,Vassal F,Fontaine D,Coste J Annales Francaises d'Anesthesie et de Reanimation n°33(2) - pp 88-97

New insights into the functional significance of the frontal aslant tract: an anatomo-functional study using intraoperative electrical stimulations combined with diffusion tensor imaging-based fiber tracking

2014 - Vassal F,Boutet C,Lemaire JJ,Nuti C Br J Neurosurg n°28(5) - pp 685-7

Intraoperative visualisation of language fascicles by diffusion tensor imaging-based tractography in glioma surgery

2013 - Vassal F,Schneider F,Sontheimer A,Lemaire JJ,Nuti C Acta Neurochir (Wien) n°155[3] - pp 437-48

Modulation of laser-evoked potentials and pain perception by transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): a placebo-controlled study in healthy volunteers

2013 - Vassal F,Creach C,Convers P,Laurent B,Garcia-Larrea L,Peyron R Clinical Neurophysiol n°124[9] - pp 1861-1867

Intraoperative use of diffusion tensor imaging-based tractography for resection of gliomas located near the pyramidal tract: comparison with subcortical stimulation mapping and contribution to surgical outcomes

2013 - Vassal F,Schneider F,Nuti C Br J Neurosurg n°27[5] - pp 668-675

Direct stereotactic targeting of the ventrointermediate nucleus of the thalamus based on anatomic 1.5-T MRI mapping with a white matter attenuated inversion recovery (WAIR) sequence

2012 - Vassal F,Coste J,Derost P,Mendes V,Gabrillargues J,Nuti C,Durif F,Lemaire JJ Brain Stimulation n°5(4) - pp 625-33

Huge spinal hemangiopericytoma with prominent extra-axial development

2012 - Forest F,Duband S,Vassal F,Barral FG,Nuti C,Peoch M Clin Neuropathol n°31 - pp 392-393

En bloc resection of a multilevel cervical chordoma with C-2 involvement : case report with 2-year follow-up and description of operative technique

2012 - Vassal F,Dumas B,Nuti C Br J Neurosurg n°26 - pp 929-931

Improved Dexterity after Chronic Electrical Stimulation of the Motor Cortex for Central Pain: A Special Relevance for Thalamic Syndrome

2012 - Nuti C,Vassal F,Mertens P,Lemaire JJ,Magnin M,Peyron R Stereotact Funct Neurosurg n°90(6) - pp 370-8

Epidural capillary hemangioma of the thoracic spine with proximal nerve root involvement and extraforaminal extension

2011 - Vassal F,Peoch M,Nuti C Acta Neurochir (Wien) n°153 - pp 2279-2281

Solitary fibrous tumors of the central nervous system : report of five cases with unusual clinicopathological and outcome patterns

2011 - Vassal F,Manet R,Forest F,Camdessanche JP,Peoch M,Nuti C Acta Neurochir (Wien) n°153 - pp 377-384

Contact position analysis of deep brain stimulation electrodes on post-operative CT images

2009 - Hemm S,Coste J,Gabrillargues J,Ouchchane L,Sarry L,Caire F,Vassal F,Nuti C,Derost P,Durif F,Lemaire JJ Acta Neurochir n°151(7) - pp 823-9

Postoperative control in deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic region : the contact membership concept

2008 - Hemm S,Caire F,Coste J,Vassal F,Nuti C,Derost P,Ouchchane L,Sarry L,Durif F,Lemaire JJ Int J of Computer Assisted Radiol and Surg n°3(1-2) - pp 109-15