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MME Catherine Belzung

Full Professor Director of Inserm 1253 (Imaging, Brain & Neuropsyhiatry, iBraiN) Member of Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) Coordinator of Unesco Chair on Childhood maltreatment

Contact details

Catherine Belzung, Professor Inserm U1253 « Imaging and Brain » (iBrain) Team Neuro-functional Psychiatry University of Tours, UFR Sciences et techniques Parc Grandmont F-37 200 Tours

Parc de Grandmont 37200 TOURS

Office 2
Grandmont bâtiment L étage -1 bureau S2580

Taught academic discipline(s)

Neurobiology of behavior
Biology of emotions
Biology of mental disorders
Cognitive sciences

Research topics

Depression Effects of antidepressants Hippocampal neurogenesis Animal models, translational research Stress Glucocorticoids

Activities / Resume

From 2023: Vice President elect of Société de Neurosciences
From 2022: member of scientific council of FRM
From 2022: member of scientific council of Inserm
From 2022: Coordinator of Unesco Chair on Childhood maltreatment
From 2018: Chair of iBraiN

Titles, Scholarships & Awards
2014:Senior Profesor at Institut Universitaire de France
2011 Professor ‘classe exceptionelle ’ (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
1989-2001 Assistant Professor in Neurosciences, University François Rabelais, Tours
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
1989 Bachelor Degree (Psychology and Archeology)


Full Professor

Additional information

Research area: I am interested in the neurobiology of major depression and of treatment resisitance using an interidisciplinar approach involving dialog with different disciplines (neurosciences, psychology, psychiatry, philiosophy economy, physics).
I am working on 3 topics
a) Designing and validating animal models of psychiatric disorders
b) Investigating the role of hippocampal neurogenesis in stress resilience and in remission from depressive states
c) Neurostimulation to treat psychiatric disorders and investigation of the underlying mechanisms