Catherine Belzung
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  • Location : Tours, France
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Catherine Belzung PhD in Neurosciences

Course and current status

2014-2019        Senior Professor at Institut Universitaire de France

2002-                Professor in Neurosciences, Université de Tours, Tours

1989-2001        Assistant Professor in Neurosciences, Université de Tours


Titles, Scholarships


2015                Professor “classe exceptionnelle 2” (ranking at national level, it is the highest level for full professors in France)

2014                Senior Profesor at Institut Universitaire de France

2011                Professor ‘classe exceptionelle 1’ (ranking at the national level, only 2 or 3 such positions per years for the whole country in Neurosciences)

2004                Professor 1ère classe (ranking at national level)

2002                 Professor 2ème classe

1997 :              Habilitation à diriger des recherches[1]

1988-1989        Post-doc, CNR, Rome (Fellowship from European Union/Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair)

1985-1988        PhD, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (Validation of an unconditioned conflict test to study anxiety behavior in mice), cum laudatio.

1985:               Master degree, Neurosciences, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg

1983                Bachelor Degree (Psychology and Archeology)

Scientific summary

My PHD consisted in the validation of an animal test of anxiety behaviour. Later, I got interested in animal models od anxiety disorders. As these models usually respond to chronic antidepressants, I than became interested in the mechanisms of action of antidepressants, focusing on the stress axis and on hippocampal newborn neurons. Currently, I try to find new therapies of stress-related disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These therapies involve non invasive repeated neurostimulation.

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