Béchir is both a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist
He graduated from the medical school of Paris VI university (UPMC), and trained as a resident in neurosurgery at Paris hospitals. He has been board certified in neurosurgery since 2005. He also trained in neuroscience research and obtained a Master‘s degree then a PhD degree in neuroscience in 2006 from Paris VI university (UPMC).
In 2006-2007, he worked as a research fellow at Harvard medical school and the Massachusetts general hospital (Boston, USA). Back in Paris, he was granted the competitive Inserm Avenir program, with the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, to mount the laboratory of cognitive and translational neurosciences that he is currently leading, in Neurospin neuroimaging center at CEA Saclay (French atomic energy research commissariat, life science division).
He also pursued neurosurgery as clinical chief in the functional neurosurgery unit at Henri Mondor hospital, Paris greater area, where he specialized further in neuromodulation, cell and gene therapies for neurological disorders.
In November 2011, he was appointed associate professor in the medical school of Versailles university, and is responsible for the neuromodulation unit, in the department of neurosurgery, Foch hospital, Paris greater area. This unit is dedicated to treating patients with neurological disorders using advanced neurotechnologies.
He also received the European prize Aesculap for the best scientifi c work among young European neurosurgeons, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller award for young scientists and a prize from the French National Academy of Medicine. He has published several neuroscience and neurosurgical studies in international journals.
He is also co-inventor of a new gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease. His main interests are neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, consciousness disorders, neurological rehabilitation, functional neuroimaging using high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Béchir Jarraya believes that a revolution in neuroscience and its translation into clinical reality through innovative neurosurgical implants will radically reshape future societies.