From France to Ocala

Dr. Jose Gaudier will lecture about the Olympic Games Paris 2024 at IHMC on June 27th.

The first Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. In 1996, 100 years later, Ocala neurologist Dr. Jose Gaudier was in Atlanta, Georgia, to see the games firsthand. 

On June 27th, Gaudier will be the guest lecturer at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition in downtown Ocala. His topic will be Olympic Science and Glory—Performance Enhancement in Olympic Competition.

“The lecture takes us through the history of the Olympic Games with a focus on how improvements in techniques, equipment, physical and physiological variations on the human body, and performance enhancing drugs, provide advantages in Olympic competition,” Gaudier offers.

He notes that he has “always liked sports and always been fascinated by the Olympic Games and its goal to bring all nations together, to celebrate athletic achievements in speed, strength and skills.” 

This year’s games will include an estimated 10,500 athletes from around the world, competing in 33 different sports. There are 206 National Olympic Committees, such as the United States of America, which, together with International Sport Federations, are under the leadership of the International Olympic Committee.  

The Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be held July 26th through August 11th. For the schedule and more, go to 

Gaudier says he does not plan to attend in person, but “will be glued to my TV screen.”  

He was born in Alabama and raised in Puerto Rico, where he attended undergraduate, graduate and medical school. He returned to Brimingham, Alabama, for his residency and fellowship work. He is nationally board certified in neurology and is a member of numerous medical associations locally and nationally.

“I studied neurology at the University of Alabama and, following my training I moved to Ocala, where I have been practicing neurology for the last 33 years,” he shares. “I am a member and past president of the Marion County Medical Society, former board member with Hospice of Marion County and I was for years chairman of the hospital ethics committee.”  

Gaudier said that in addition to his interests in medicine, he has always been interested in sports, traveling and the arts as well. He is a noted speaker and has given presentations locally at institutions such as hospitals and schools, and now, on Olympic Science and Glory at IHMC. OS

The lecture at IHMC, at 15 SE Osecola Ave., will begin with a reception at 5:30pm. To learn more and RSVP, go to

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