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Award Ceremony Highlights: Honda Prize 2021

November 17, 2021, at Imperial Hotel Tokyo

(from left to right)
Mr. Hiroto Ishida, President of Honda Foundation / Photo of Mr. Soichiro Honda / Dr. Alim Louis Benabid / Mr. Kunio Nakajima, Vice President of Honda Foundation
The 42nd Honda Prize Award Ceremony was held online on November 17 at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Including the archived streaming that started this year, approximately 370 people from Japan and abroad, foreign diplomats, policy makers, academics, media representatives, and Y-E-S awardees, viewed the ceremony.
This year’s laureate is Dr. Alim Louis Benabid, Professor Emeritus of Joseph Fourier University and Chairman of the Board of Clinatec, Edmond J. Safra Biomedical Research Center, for his contribution to pioneering research and practical application of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to the treatment of involuntary movement caused by progressive Parkinson’s disease.

Commemorative lecture by Dr. Benabid


“Can Physics and Serendipity benefit to Clinical Neurosciences?”
Dr. Alim Louis Benabid

This is my pleasure to present mostly the results of what we have been doing for 30 years, the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, extendable to similar neurodegenerative diseases, and I will present the results of deep-brain stimulation that we discovered in the late ’80s, and more recently the introduction of infrared-light illumination, which we hope will be protective and might be a cure for Parkinson’s and may be extended to other neurodegenerative diseases.

Congratulatory Addresses by Guests of Honor and View of the Venue

Mrs. Evelyne Etchebehere
Representative, CEA Tech in Japan, 
Embassy of France

Dr. Takaomi Taira
Professor, Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 
Department of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University

Mr. Toshiaki Mikoshiba
Chairman and Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
The online award ceremony was held at Imperial Hotel Tokyo

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