Belgian neurologist wins €1m prize for work on serious brain trauma

Belgian neurologist wins €1m prize for work on serious brain trauma

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By: Jennifer Rankin in Brussels | Belgian neurologist wins €1m prize for work on serious brain trauma | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Generet prize will fund more trials by Steven Laureys to help written-off ‘vegetative’ patients

A pioneering Belgian neurologist has been awarded €1m to fund further work in helping diagnose the most severe brain injuries, as he seeks to battle “the silent epidemic” and help people written off as “vegetative” who, it is believed, will never recover.

Steven Laureys, head of the coma science group at Liège University hospital, plans to use the £850,000 award – larger than the Nobel prize – to improve the diagnosis of coma survivors labelled as being in a “persistent vegetative state”.

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