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Yehezkel Ben-Ari, winner of the 2009 INSERM Grand Prix
Date:12/1/2009

pay tribute to his whole career by awarding him the 2009 Inserm Grand Prix.

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The Prix d'Honneur and International Prize

These pay tribute to the career and work of particularly eminent scientists working with INSERM and in the international community.

The 2009 winner of the Prix d'Honneur, Nicole Le Douarin, has been a member of the Academy of Science since 1982. Agrg in natural sciences, she began her professional life as a high school teacher. At the age of 28, the future College de France professor (she was elected in 1988) decided to take up her studies again and prepare a PhD. She subsequently devoted the rest of her career to embryology research. Today aged 79, Nicole Le Douarin continues her research in the "Development, evolution, plasticity of the nervous system" laboratory at Gif-sur-Yvette.

The 2009 winner of the International Prize, Nora D. Volkow has directed the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the USA since 2003. Pioneer in the use of the brain imaging to study the toxic effects of drugs and their addictives properties, she has spent most of here career in the Energy Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, New York. She is one of the world's leading specialists in the brain mechanisms of addiction. This great granddaughter of Leon Trotski "militates" for a change in society's attitude to the victims of addictions and encourages research on the treatment of addiction.

Research prizes

These prizes are awarded to researchers, teacher/researchers and clinician/ researchers whose work has particularly marked the field of fundamental, clinical and therapeutic research, and research into public health.

2009 prize-winners: Pierre Brousset and Stanislas Lyonnet

  • Pierre Brousset is a hospital physician and researcher in the "Oncogenesis, signalling and therapeutic innovation" departme
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