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French neurosurgeon wins Breakthrough prize

Alim-Louis Benabid has become the first European to win the Breakthrough prize for life sciences, worth €2.4 million.

Benabid was awarded the prize on 9 November for his work on high-frequency deep brain stimulation, a neurosurgical procedure to send electrical impulses to specific brain areas, to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Benabid, who works at the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble and is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, is the founder of the Clinatec research centre for health-related nanotechnologies. He also won a Lasker award for clinical medical research this year, and was congratulated by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s minister for higher education and research, and Geneviève Fioraso, France’s secretary of state for higher education and research.

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