Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi receives Forbes Norris Award



Professor Al-Chalabi received the award at the 31st International Symposium on ALS/MND on December 9 2020.

The annual International Symposium, which this year took place virtually from 9-11 December 2020, is largest medical and scientific conference specific to Motor Neuron Disease/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (MND/ALS) and is the premier event in the MND research calendar for discussion on the latest advances in research and clinical management.

Professor Al-Chalabi was announced as winner of the Forbes-Norris Award on 9 December. The award is given annually to a neurologist who has shown exceptional care and compassion in the study and management of MND/ALS. The purpose of this prestigious award is to recognise outstanding care of people living with the disease coupled with excellent research into the condition.

"I am delighted and honoured to receive the Forbes-Norris Award and look forward to the day when we have a cure for ALS/MND"

-Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi

Professor Al-Chalabi is co-lead of the Psychosis and Neuropsychiatry research theme at the BRC and Head of the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience at the IoPPN. A Professor of Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics, his research focuses on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or motor neuron disease (MND).

His research team works on finding the causes of ALS, and what might influence the way the disease manifests and progresses, particularly where this involves genes, environmental exposures, or changes in thinking and coping. He has held two MRC Fellowships and won numerous academic prizes and awards, including the Charcot Young Investigator Award from the MND Association, and most recently the American Academy of Neurology’s Sheila Essey Award. He is Director of the King’s Motor Neuron Disease Care and Research Centre, a world-leading motor neuron disease clinical service.

The International Symposium on ALS/MND attracts over 1,000 delegates, representing the energy and dynamism of the global MND research community. The symposium aims to promote and foster strong collaboration between leading researchers around the world, and sharing new understanding of the disease as rapidly as possible.

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 11 Dec 2020, 10:00 AM

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