Pierre Pollak, MD
Professor at Laboratoire Neurosciences Precliniques
Pierre Pollak was born in 1950. He received his Medical Degree specializing in Neurology from the University of Grenoble in 1978, and obtained further qualifications from the Universities of Lyon and Paris. Additional training was done in Paris working with Professors Lhermitte and Agid. Dr. Pollak was appointed Full Professor of Neurology at the Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble in 1992. He has been Head of the Neurological Departement of Neurology. He is currently chair of the Regional Teaching Program for Neurology and is responsible for the Movement Disorders Unit in the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital of Grenoble. Since 1988, Dr. Pollak has directed his own research group in â€œClinical Investigationsâ€ŚĚ within the â€œPreclinical Neurosciencesâ€ŚĚ laboratory of both the Inserm (the French Agency for Medical Research) and the University of Grenoble. Dr. Pollak's scientific work has focused on the pathophysiology and experimental therpeutics of movement disorders, particularly Parkinsonâ€™s disease. Along with Professor Benabid, he pioneered the treatment of movement disorders by deep brain stimulation of various brain structures, such as the subthalamic nucleus for Parkinsonâ€™s disease. Dr. Pollak has written more than 200 scientific articles in the field of movement disorders and Parkinsonâ€™s disease. He is the author of a book dedicated to Parkinson patients and their families â€œLa maladie de Parkinsonâ€ŚĚ (Odile Jacob, Paris, 1993, 2000, 2004). Pierre Pollak received the Annemarie Opprecht Foundation Award from the Swiss Parkinson's Disease Association, the German Neurological Society Price from the Dr Dingebauer Foundation and the Grand Price FranÃ§ois Lhermitte from the Medical Research Foundation of the French Academy of Science.