Yves Agid

Yves Agid

Yves Agid

Yves Agid in 2010
Born (1940-11-13) 13 November 1940
Nice, France
Nationality French
Alma mater Lycée Jean-Baptiste Corot; University of Pierre and Marie-Curie

Yves Agid (born 13 November 1940) in Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes, is a neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, cell biologist, neurochemist, academician, university professor, hospital doctor, researcher in biology and scientist specializing in neurosciences.[1]

Early life and education

Yves Agid is the son of university professor Rene Agid and Swedish artist painter Sylvia Stave. Rene Agid was a close friend of Romain Gary.[2] The latter dedicated his novel The Promise at Dawn to Rene and Sylvia Agid.[3]

Yves Agid was educated at the Lycée Jean-Baptiste Corot in Savigny-sur-Orge and the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University. He served as an hospital intern in Paris in 1966 and Chief clinical assistant of the neuropsychiatry department and hospitals in Paris 1973.[4] He received his MD in 1973 from University of Paris. He obtained his PhD in Science in 1976 working with Jacques Glowinski at the College of France and became PU-PH in neurology and neuropsychology in 1979 at the Salpêtrière, then head of the Neurology Department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière from 1993 to 2007.[4]


After leading the neurology department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital from 1993 to 2007 and having a career as a researcher at Inserm, Yves Agid was elected on December 16, 2008 as member of the Academy of Sciences in the human biology and medical sciences section. Since 2009 he is member of the National Ethics Advisory Committee of France.[5] He is also founder and scientific director of the Brain and Spine Institute.[6]

He is one of the most cited scientists of the past 20 years.[7] Agid is professor of Neurology and Neurosciences at the ICM.[8]

Meanwhile Agid led his research career at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) from 1985 to 2000 as director of the unit U289.[4] In 2001 the Institute awarded him its Grand Prix for medical research (Grand Prix Inserm de la Recherche Médicale).[4] Until 2005 Agid was the director of the Federate Research Institute (IFR)'s neuroscience department from 1997-2005, director of the Institute of Neurology from 2000 to 2002 and coordinator of clinical Investigation Centre since 1996.[4] He was the Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Foundation for Medical Research from 2002-2004.[4]

Agid is founder and scientific director of the Institute of the brain and spinal cord established in 2004. On April 12, 2010, at the World Day for Parkinson's disease, Yves Agid and Bruno Favier as the founders of the Association France Parkinson, presented a white paper entitled Recommendations Objective: leave the "most forgotten diseases of the brain" shadow to the Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot.[9] He served as president of the French Neurological Society from 2002 - 2003.[4] He was made the honorary professor of neurology at University of Paris.[4]

Moreover, Yves Agid is since 2009 (and renewed in 2013) member of the National Advisory Committee Ethics. He has held various administrative positions at FRM and LEEM.[4]

He has had the unique honour of being the member of societies like; French Society of Neurology, French Society for Neuroscience, European Society of Neurological Societies, American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, Movement Disorder Society, Society for Neuroscience and Belgian Society of Neurology.[4]

Yves Agid is a specialist in neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, but also other nervous system diseases such as cerebellar ataxia, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Tourette disease and mechanisms of neuronal apoptosis) of which he studied the causes, mechanisms, and clinical implications, while proposing new therapies.[4][10] His research has been devoted to studying the mechanisms of cell death, and their pathophysiological and clinical consequences, with the essential model of Parkinson disease.[4]

Among his key contributions:[4]

Yves Agid has published over 600 scientific articles at international level.[4]

Awards and honours


  1. "Yves Agid - Les Membre de l'Académie des sciences" [Yves Agid - The Member of the Academy of Sciences] (in French). Institute of France. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  2. Anissimov, Myriam. Romain Gary le caméléon [Romain Gary chameleon]. Paris: Gallimard. ISBN 978-2-07-041361-4.
  3. Gary, Romain (1961). Promise at Dawn. Harper.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 "Yves Agid Biography" (in French). Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  5. "Qui sont les nouveaux membres du Comité national d'éthique ?" [Who are the new members of the National Ethics Committee?] (in French). 22 September 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  6. "French neuroscience in the vanguard: the ICM is taking off". Medicographia. Paris. 2011. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  7. "Yves Agid: from bench to bedside and back". The Lancet Neurolgy. 6 (12): 1040. December 2007. doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(07)70281-8. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  8. "Organization - L'Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière" [Organization - Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord] (in French). Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  9. "LA MALADIE DE " PARKINSON " PARENT PAUVRE DES MALADIES DU CERVEAUX." [DISEASE 'PARKINSON' POOR PARENT OF BRAIN DISEASE.]. Nerrati.nt (in French). Lundi: Réseau Nerrati-Press. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  10. Annie, Par Kouchner (16 March 2005). "NEUROLOGIE - Yves Agid, l'explorateur du cerveau" [NEUROLOGY - Yves Agid, explorer of the brain]. L'Express (in French). Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  11. "Yves Agid" (in French). Wikiwix. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  12. "Le prix Claude Bernard 2009" [The Claude Bernard in 2009]. Mayor of Paris (in French). Paris. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
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