October 2016

In recognition of his pioneering scientific achievements and remarkable contribution to the development of medical imaging, Doctor Denis Le Bihan has been invited to present the Opening Lecture ‘Water: radiologists’ best friend?’ at ECR 2011.

Denis Le Bihan is the Founding Director of NeuroSpin, a new Institute aimed at developing and using ultra-high-field magnetic resonance to understand the brain. He is credited with developing, refining, and introducing into research and clinical practice the concept of diffusion MRI and has also made significant contributions to the development of functional MRI.

Dr. Le Bihan is a native of France, where he completed his training in Medicine (including a residency in neurosurgery and radiology) and Physics before moving to the United States in 1987, where he served as a Research Section Chief in the Clinical Center at NIH, Bethesda, Maryland and as a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. In 1994, Dr. Le Bihan was appointed at the Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot (SHFJ) of the CEA, in Orsay, France, an internationally recognised MRI and PET facility. In 1999, Dr. Le Bihan established the Anatomical and Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory at SHFJ to develop and apply groundbreaking neuroimaging methods. In 2000, he became the director of the Federative Research Institute of Functional Neuroimaging (IFR 49, Orsay/Paris) and in 2007 he became the Founding Director of NeuroSpin.

Dr. Le Bihan has achieved international recognition for his outstanding contributions to the development of new imaging methods, in particular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). His pioneering work has combined the invention and development of extremely innovative methods, such as Diffusion MRI, with the application of these methods to questions of the utmost scientific and clinical importance, such as brain function, brain connectivity, cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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, Dr. Le Bihan was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, in 2001. 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 co-recipient (with S. Dehaene) of the prestigious Louis D. Award of the Institut de France. He is a full member of the French Academy of Sciences, an Honorary Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and the French Canadian Society of Radiology, and a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.