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Research on neurodegenerative disorders

The Air Liquide Foundation supports research on neurodegenerative disorders

Currently, neurological and psychiatric disorders (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, paraplegia, stroke, depression, etc.) affect 1 in every 8 people in Europe.

Brain and Spine Institute missions

This assessment has led to the creation of the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (Brain and Spine Institute - ICM), an international research centre located in Paris, France, at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital. Its mission is to improve the diagnosis, to prevent and to find treatments for brain and spinal cord diseases.

The Air Liquide Foundation has decided to support for a two year period ICM research for an amount of € 120,000 on the analysis of the mechanisms of neuronal degeneration in Parkinson’s disease and development of diagnosis and treatment methods to slow down the progression of the disease and correct the symptoms.

This support will be devoted to the team of ICM researchers headed by Dr Etienne Hirsch, neurobiologist and Assistant Director of the ICM Research Center. This team studies the “cellular respiration” dysfunction which is involved in Parkinson’s disease and which is responsible for the degeneration characteristic of this pathology. The project concerns the role of iron in mitochondria, which generates energy in cells, as well as the mechanism by which it alters cellular respiration.

A nomination at the Air Liquide Foundation Awards 2016

Thanks to this project, the ICM was nominated in 2016 for the Air Liquide Foundation Award for scientific research on health and respiration. Discover the interview of Dr. Etienne Hirsch, Deputy Director of the ICM Research Unit.

The 2016 Air Liquide Foundation Awards: interview of Dr. Etienne Hirsch, Deputy Director of the ICM Research Unit


  • Project initiator: Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (ICM)
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Year of support: 2010
  • R&D Manager : Marc Lemaire, Air Liquide Research Center in Paris