The Honda Foundation will award Dr. Denis Le Bihan with the Honda Prize 2012.
Online PR News – 04-October-2012 – Newport News, VA – In retirement, Honda Motor’s founder, Soichiro Honda, and his brother, Benjiro, created the Honda Foundation, a public-interest incorporated foundation. Now headed by Hiroto Ishida, the Honda Foundation has recently announced that the Honda Prize 2012 will be awarded to Dr. Denis Le Bihan, who played an integral and leading part in establishing the Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Diffusion MRI) modality as a method used worldwide for studying and diagnosing acute stroke and various other neurological disorders. Dr. Denis is the 33rd laureate of the Honda Prize and is very grateful for the honor.
While the science behind Dr. Denis’ Diffusion MRI is very complicated, one thing everyone can understand is how beneficial it is to the medical community. It has spread across the globe like wildfire and is critical in the saving of lives and preserving health. The technology has already saved a number of patients suffering acute stroke by drastically shortening the time required for diagnosis, so that doctors still have a chance to salvage brain tissue. The images also help to diagnose other neurological diseases and to determine the extent of tumor dissection before performing surgery, creating a crucial decline in the risk of damaging white matter fibers that are associated with bodily function during surgical procedures.
In addition, the Diffusion MRI is launching investigation to causes of brain illnesses, such as aging and neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease), mental health disorders (like autism and schizophrenia), addiction, and even more neurological diseases. Finally, another great application of the technology is the early detection of tumors and metastases.
This 33rd award ceremony for the Honda Prize 2012 will be celebrated at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on November 19th of this year. Along with the certificate, the prize medal, and the worldwide honor, Dr. Denis will be awarded 10 million yen.
Casey Honda applauds the efforts of Dr. Denis and all others working to make the world a safer place to live. For more updates on Honda news, like Casey Honda on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/caseyhonda and follow along on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CaseyHonda.
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