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Award Ceremony Highlights: Honda Prize 2012

November 19, 2012, Imperial Hotel Tokyo

(from left to right)
Mr. Ishida / President of Honda Foundation, Dr. Denis Le Bihan, Ms. Armelle Le Bihan / Elder Daughter, Mr. Nakajima / Vice President of Honda Foundation
The 33rd Honda Prize ceremony was held on Monday, November 19, at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, with 250 participants and guests from the French Embassy, policy makers, scholars, researchers and media people.
This year’s laureate was Dr. Denis Le Bihan, Founding Director of NeuroSpin, France.

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Dr. Denis Le Bihan’s Commemorative Lecture:

“Ecotechnology of the Water Molecule in the Human Brain”


Dr. Denis Le Bihan

Diffusion MRI was invented by applying diffusion motion of molecules known as Brownian motion. With its crisp images of tissue structure, this technique has been spread in many fields: diagnosis of stroke at acute phase, diagnosis of cancer and mapping of brain connections. I also collaborated with Dr. Seiji Ogawa to develop diffusion fMRI, combination of fMRI and diffusion MRI so that we can see neuron activity in more detail. The brain has high plasticity and modifies flexibly depending on training and surroundings. I suppose that water molecules can be a clue to understand those dynamic changes in the brain. Expanding diffusion MRI would contribute to more and more people in the world through finding treatment of psychiatric diseases, development of alternative function for handicapped people, application to education fields and so on.

Commemorative lecture PDF



Congratulatory Addresses by Guests of Honor

His Excellency Mr. Christian Masset 
French Ambassador to Japan
Dr. Seiji Ogawa 
Professor (special appointment), 
Tohoku Fukushi University

Mr. Takanobu Ito 
President and CEO, 
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

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