8 November 1926|
|Died||3 August 2015
|Education||University of Paris|
He obtained his M.D. degree from the Faculté de Médecine, Paris in 1955. He was a research fellow in Harvard Medical School from 1955 to 1956, and back in France he was an assistant physician at Hôpital des Enfants Malades Paris from 1957 to 1964, and an assistant physician at Hôpital Saint-Vincent de Paul from 1974 to 1979. He was also Maître de Recherche from 1969 to 1986 and Directeur de Recherche from 1986 to 1991 at Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM). From 1992 to 1998 he was Honorary Professor of Child Neurology at Institute of Child Health, London, UK.
He received many academic honours and distinctions, including:
- Cornelia de Lange Medallion (Dutch Child Neurology Society)
- Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (London)
- Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Hower Award (US Child Neurology Society)
- Distinguished Investigator award (Milken award) (American Epilepsy Society)
- Honorary Member American Neurological Association
- Ramon y Cajal Award (Iberoamerican Academy of Child Neurology)
- Peter Emil Becker Award (German Child Neurology Society)
- Honored Guest at the XXth Cleveland Clinic Meeting, Cleveland USA, 2002
- Honorary Member, European Paediatric Society, Göteborg, Sweden 2005
He was author or coauthor of many outstanding textbooks, including:
- Diseases of the nervous system in childhood, 1st edition in 1992, 3rd edition 2009
- Epilepsy in children, 1st edition 1986, 2nd edition 1994, (Mac Keith Press and Cambridge University Press) 3rd edition (with Arzimanoglou and Guerrini) 2003, Philadelphia, Lippincott
- Epilepsy. A Comprehensive Textbook Edited by J. Engel Jr & T.A. Pedley 1998, 2nd edition 2008 (associate editor with M. Dichter, U. Heinemann, S. Moshé, R. Porter & D.Taylor)
- Movement Disorders in Children (with E. Fernandez Alvarez), 2001, London, Mac Keith Press
- Movement Disorders and Epilepsy in Children 2002 ( Editor, with R.Guerrini, F. Andermann, and M. Hallett)
He was editor-in-chief (1994-2004) and founding editor of the journal Epileptic Disorders and a member of the editorial boards and a reviewer of other journals including Neuropediatrics, Brain and Development, Pediatric Neurology, Journal of Child Neurology, Epilepsia, Lancet Neurology and Brain. Author of more than 260 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 110 chapters in books. He also described several neurodegenerative diseases of childhood and two disease were named after him – Aicardi syndrome and Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome. Aicardi syndrome affects only females, and in very rare cases, males with Klinefelter syndrome.
- Jean François Marie Aicardi at Who Named It?
- Jean Aicardi
- ICNA (4 August 2015). "Professor Jean François Marie Aicardi (1926-2015)". ICNApedia.
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