Denise Albe-Fessard

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Denise G. Albe-Fessard (French pronunciation: [dəniz albəfesaʁ] (About this sound listen); 1916–7 May 2003) was a French neuroscientist best known for her basic research into the central nervous system pain pathways, clarifying the distinction between lateral and medial thalamic pain processing. She graduated with a degree in engineering from the School of Physique et Chimie de Paris in 1937 and received a Doctor és Sciences degree from Paris University in 1950. She was a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour and an Officer of the Order of Merit.[1] Early on, Albe-Fessard studied the electrical activity of electric fish. Her work on microelectrode recordings of a cat's cerebral cortex in the 1950s was one of the first intracellular recordings of a mammalian brain.[2] She was the first President of the International Association for the Study of Pain between 1975–1978.


  1. ^ "In Memoriam: Denise Albe-Fessard". International Association for the Study of Pain. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Shepherd, Gordon M. (2010). Creating Modern Neuroscience: The Revolutionary 1950s. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 139–140. ISBN 978-0-19-974147-2. 

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