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Alim-Louis Benabid Honored by U.S. Research Institute

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Last Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013
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Benabid has received the Jay Van Andel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Parkinson’s Disease Research.

CEA-Leti has announced that Prof. Alim-Louis Benabid, chairman of CLINATEC, has been honored by a second major U.S. Parkinson’s disease (PD) organization for his work in treating PD.

Benabid received the Jay Van Andel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Parkinson’s Disease Research at Van Andel Institute’s Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease Symposium in September.

The award recognizes his invention of deep brain stimulation (DBS), a highly specialized method used to treat specific kinds of neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.

“Dr. Benabid has made an incredible contribution to the treatment of Parkinson's disease by developing deep brain stimulation,” said Patrik Brundin, director of the Van Andel Institute’s Center for Neurodegenerative Science.

Brundin continued, “Today over 140,000 advanced Parkinson’s patients have undergone DBS treatment, which essentially changes the ‘electric connections’ in the brain, and they are able to move remarkably much better thanks to Dr. Benabid's invention.”

Benabid, who has received many honors during his career, was awarded the 2013 Robert H. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson’s Research from the Michael J. Fox Foundation earlier this year.

“The Van Andel Institute’s research program has a powerful impact on biomedical research in cancer and Parkinson’s disease, with an emphasis on translating scientific research results into clinical applications,” Benabid said. “I am honored to receive this award, and I’m proud to highlight the CLINATEC team’s ongoing work on infrared brain stimulation to improve treatment of PD, and perhaps severe depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome and other neurological conditions.”

Benabid helped found CLINATEC, the multidisciplinary biomedical research center created by Leti, Grenoble University Hospital, INSERM and Joseph Fourier University in 2009.

The center allows medical practitioners, researchers, biologists, and technologists to collaborate on the frontier of health care and micro- and nanoelectronics.

Using a unique biomedical and surgery platform, CLINATEC’s main objective is to accelerate and make safer the translation of technological innovation for treating patients.

Benabid has centered his scientific activity on the approach of neurosurgical pathologies, particularly brain tumors and movement disorders.

From 1989 to 2007, he was head of the Neurosurgery Department at the University Hospital of Grenoble. He currently is a professor emeritus of biophysics at Joseph Fourier University.

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