Emilio Perucca trained as a clinical pharmacologist and as a neurologist at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, UK. He spent much of his academic career in Italy and he is currently Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine (Austin Health), The University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
He served as President of ILAE for the 2013-2017 term. He received several awards, including the ILAE-IBE Ambassador for Epilepsy Award in 1997, the European Epileptology Award in 2018, and the Lifetime Accelerator Award from the U.S. Epilepsy Foundation in 2021.
His research activities have focused on the treatment of seizure disorders and outcome assessment in epilepsy. He has authored over 500 Pubmed-listed publications, with an H-Index of 103 and a Citation Index over 46,000.