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Amphithéatre du centre universitaire méditerranéen

Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen



General Public Conference

"Obesity: a disease of our civilization with multiple causes

and uncertain cures"

Open to the public

Monday, September 16, 2024 at 7pm

Dr Jean-Louis NAHON

After obtaining his first doctorate (3rd cycle doctorate; Paris XI University of Orsay) in October 1981, Jean-Louis NAHON joined the CNRS in September 1982 as a research associate under contract and he became a statutory researcher in 1984  (Institut of Enzymology, Gif/Yvette). He completed a second doctorate  (doctorateof State) in June 1985 and he carried out a post-doctoral  fellowship as a researcher invited to the Salk Institute (San Diego, California, United States) from April 1987 in September 1989.  On this date he joined the Institute of Pharmacology molecular and cellular  (IPMC), joint CNRS / University of Côte d’Azur unit on the Sophia Antipolis site. Until April 2023 he led the Genomics team and Evolution in Neuroendocrinology.  In the last decade he has carried out research institute management activities. From January 2012 to January 2017, Jean-Louis Nahon was appointed Director of UPS 846 CNRS (Primatology Station-Rousset sur Arc). From January 2018 to March 2023, he was appointed Director of IPMC. He is currently retired from the Civil Service, Director of Exceptional Class Research/Director Emeritus at the CNRS.

He has received numerous prizes/awards: NATO fellowship, National League Against Cancer grant, Philippe Foundation fellowship and CNRS-National Science Foundation award (1987-1989), the CNRS Scientific Excellence Bonus (2012-2015) . He is the winner of the FRM Camille Woringer Prize (2016). In 2019 and 2020 he was ranked in the top 1% of most cited researchers in the world in the Web of Science database in the Pharmacology and Toxicology category. In 2022, he received the insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honor for his entire career and his contribution during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Hôtel Saint-Paul

Jacques Benoît Lecture

"The amazing molecular diversity of hypothalamic neurons: Tackling mechanisms one neuron at a time."

Dr Denise BELSHAM (Toronto, Canada)

Professor of Physiology and Medicine – Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroendocrinology.

Denise Belsham has over 30 years of neuroendocrine research in obesity, circadian rhythms, and reproduction. Recently, she was awarded the “President’s Teaching Award”, the highest teaching accolade at the U of Toronto. She developed an array of over 300 clonal neuronal cell models from the hypothalamus, now in over 600 labs worldwide, and started a biotech company to distribute the lines. She currently is the President of the International Neuroendocrine Federation.



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Hôtel Saint-Paul

Claude Fortier Lecture


"Susceptibility to modern food environment: a role for brain lipid sensing ?"

Dr Serge LUQUET (Paris, France)

DR1 CNRS Group leader

Serge Luquet received his undergraduate degree in Biology &Biochemistry from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France in 2003.  During his PhD training he was interested in the role of the fatty-activated transcription factor PPAR delta in adipose and muscle cell differentiation. He published seminal paper showing the role of PPAR delta in the controls of muscle development and oxidative capability. In 2003 he joined the laboratory of Pr Richard Palmiter (Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Department of Biochemistry) at the University of Washington, Seattle for his post-doctoral training. He studied the role of hypothalamic neurons that produce Agouti related protein in the control of feeding behavior. He was recruited at researcher by the French CNRS in 2006 and was awarded a young investigator research program that led him to conduct an independent research. His group is established at the University Paris Cité.  The core approach of his team (  is to leverage the power of modern molecular genetic tools and mouse models using integrated approaches in order to dissect out the role of discrete neural circuit elements in the control of different aspect of energy balance including feeding behavior & energy expenditure. 

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