Professor Alim-Louis Benabid earns recognition for Parkinson’s research
Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, Life @ MINATEC, News
Published : 6 October 2013
Alim-Louis Benabid, MD, PhD, and Chairman of Clinatec, recently won an award from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for leadership in Parkinson’s research for his pioneering work on deep brain stimulation (DBS). The technique involves inserting electrodes into the patient’s brain to send an electrical pulse that eliminates neurological symptoms of the disease. More than 100,000 patients around the world have received DBS surgery, which dramatically improves quality of life.
The award comes with a grant of €75,000, which Benabid donated to Clinatec (which he co-founded in 2006). Benabid is also a Professor Emeritus at Grenoble University’s Joseph Fourier School and served as head of neurosurgery at Grenoble University Medical Center from 1989 to 2007.