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July 30, 1957 in Nanterre, France (French citizenship)

Education and Training

Medicine (University of Paris):

French Board Certification in Radiology.
MD, Doctor in Medicine with Distinction, University of Paris.
Residency in Neurosurgery, Nuclear Medicine and Radiology.
Physics (University of Paris):
PhD in Physical Sciences, with High Distinction, Ecole Polytechnique.
Extensive Studies Degree (DEA) in Nuclear and Elementary Particles Physics, with Distinction.
Maitrise ("MA") in Fundamental Physics, with High Distinction.
Licence ("BS") in Fundamental Physics, with High Distinction.
Human Biology (University of Paris):
Higher Studies Degree in Neurophysiology and Central Nervous System Functional Exploration.
Extensive Studies Degree (AEA) in Biomathematics, Data Processing and Statistics, with major in Mathematical Models in Medicine.
Higher Studies Degree in Computer Sciences.

Employment history
NeuroSpin, CEA-Saclay, France 2007-present: Director
Kyoto University, Japan: 2005-06, 08-present: Invited Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Human Brain Research Center CEA-Saclay, France 2007-present: Director
Federative Research Institute on Functional Neuroimaging, Paris, France: 2000-present: Director
Service Hospitalier Frederic Joliot, CEA, Orsay, France 1999-2006 : Director, Laboratory of Anatomical and Functional Neuroimaging 1997-98: Vice-Head and Research Director 1994-96: Chief, Research and Methodology Section.
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA, 1991-96: Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology, Dept. of Radiology, 1989-91: Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology, Dept. of Radiology.
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA 1990-94: Chief, Diagnostic Radiology Research Section (with Tenure) 1987-90: Visiting Associate, Diagnostic Radiology Department, Clinical Center.

Biographical Sketch
Denis Le Bihan has achieved international recognition for his outstanding contributions to the development of new imaging methods allowing, in particular studying human brain function. His work has combined extremely innovative methods, developed for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with the application of these methods to questions of the utmost scientific and clinical importance. He is a full member of the French Academy of Sciences and currently the Founding Director of NeuroSpin, a new Institute aimed at developing and using ultra high field Magnetic Resonance to understand the brain, from mouse to man. He has authored or co-authored over 250 articles, book chapters and review articles in the fields of MRI, imaging, neuroscience and radiology. For his contributions, he was awarded in 2001 the Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is also the 2002 recipient of the Lounsbery Award from the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and French Academy of Sciences and a 2003 corecipient (with S. Dehaene) of the prestigious Louis D. Award of the Institut de France. He is Knight of the French National Order of Merit.

Imagerie par Resonance Magnetique: Bases Physiques. Masson, Paris, 1984. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Diffusion and Perfusion: Applications to Functional Imaging. Lippincott-Raven Press, NY, 1995. Water, the forgotten biological molecule (with H. Fukuyama), 2011, Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore, Le cerveau de cristal, ce que la neuroimagerie nous revele (in press, Odile Jacob)

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