University Diplomas PhD in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Montpellier, France, 1987
Postgraduate diploma in Statistics and Life Sciences, option Epidemiological Research, University of Medicine, Paris XI, 1999
MSc in Neuropsychology, University of Montpellier, 2003
PAST AND CURRENT APPOINTMENTS:
Research Director (Inserm, National Institute of Health and Medical Research)
1989-1998: CNRS UMR 5539, Responsible for new drug design and pharmacological evaluation in the field of infectious diseases [4 patents with international PCT extensions]
Since 1999: Inserm U1061 "Neuropsychiatry: Epidemiological and Clinical Research" (K Ritchie, dir.)
Currently: Team leader "Affective disorders: bio-environmental risk and resilience" and
Co-director of Inserm U1061
MAIN AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH:
Psychiatry and mental health (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder);
Cognition and Neuropsychology (cognitive decline in elderly and Alzheimer's disease).
Application: Epidemiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Endocrinology.
Co-Investigator with Karen Ritchie of the ESPRIT-VIE project, a large general population cohort aimed at studying environmental, biological, genetic, and pharmacological risk factors of neuropsychiatric disorders in the elderly.
With specific interest in gender differences, lifetime hormonal status, and the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, as well as in stress regulation systems, notably the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (cortisol, stress related genes) and the noradrenergic system and the interactions between (epi)genetic and environmental factors (steroids, lifetime traumatic events, resilience, etc.).
Member of the Thematic Network "ABC of Psychotraumas" http://www.abcpsychotraumas.fr/