Dr. Alim-Louis Benabid takes home Lasker Award
Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, News, Research
Published : 6 October 2014
Dr. Alim-Louis Benabid, who founded Clinatec (the Edmond J. Safra Biomedical Research Center) along with Jean Therme, has won the 2014 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Dr. Benabid and Mahlon DeLong, MD, received the award at a ceremony held in New York City on September 19 in recognition of the deep brain stimulation (DBS) technique they invented.
DBS involves implanting electrodes in a patient’s subthalamic nucleus to attenuate the tremors characteristic of Parkinson’s and help restore the patient’s motor function. The technique is now used to treat sufferers of the disease around the world, improving the lives of more than 100,000 people each year.
The Lasker Award, considered one of the most prestigious international scientific awards, brings Dr. Benabid further recognition of his groundbreaking work.