This past Tuesday, MJFF leadership, Michael J. Fox, and members of the Pritzker family celebrated the winner of the 2013 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinsonís Research at a luncheon in New York City. This yearís award recipient, Alim Louis Benabid, MD, PhD, was honored for his profound dedication to Parkinsonís research. The Robert A. Pritzker Prize recognizes an honoreeís contribution to Parkinsonís research as well as an exceptional commitment to mentoring the next generation of Parkinsonís scientists. Professor Benabid, widely recognized as the inventor and pioneer of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), was selected for his innovative surgical methods in treating Parkinsonís disease.
The prize is named in honor of the late Robert A. Pritzker, a renowned industrialist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist and is made possible by Karen Pritzker, daughter of Robert A. Pritzker, and her husband, Michael Vlock. As part of the prize, Professor Benabid will receive a $100,000 grant to advance his research in neurodegenerative diseases. Read more about Professor Benabid in our recent profile and interview with him for the FoxFeed Blog.