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We are pleased to announce that Professor Tipu Aziz has been awarded the lifetime achievement award by the British Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (BSSFN) in May 2024.

Professor Tipu Aziz with many of his trainees who are functional neurosurgeons around the UK, Australia, and US
Professor Tipu Aziz (pictured front row) with many of his trainees who are functional neurosurgeons around the UK, Australia, and US

The award is the first time it has been given and is awarded to those who are considered ‘giants’ in the field of Neuromodulation, including Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), to commemorate a lifetime of dedication to clinical advances, teaching and research.

Professor Aziz is Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and founder of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery

He is internationally recognised for his innovative research that has led to a number of new treatments, such as DBS of the Subthalamic Nucleus and PPN in Parkinson’s disease. He has taught many hundreds of fellows from around the world who have gone on to set up functional units and he has helped set up functional units in India, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Portugal, amongst others. He has been innovator in new indications for DBS including Anorexia Nervosa and Chronic Pain. He has set many young academics on the path to academic excellence by supervising many DPhil's and post-docs in his laboratory. He is a deserving recipient of this inaugural award.