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Dr. Jacques Balthazart: 2017 AWARDEE FOR THE DANIEL S. LEHRMAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology is pleased to announce that Dr. Jacques Balthazart has been selected as this year’s winner of the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Balthazart embodies the spirit and inspiration of Danny Lehrman, with a career of eminent scholarship and a record of outstanding mentorship of future scientists.
Dr. Jacques Balthazart is Director Emeritus of the Research Group in Behavioral Neurobiology at the GIGA Neurosciences of the University of Liege. His distinguished career has tackled numerous topics in behavioral neuroendocrinology, with a focus on the sexual differentiation of brain and behavior and on the role of brain aromatase in male sexual behavior. He has mentored trainees at all levels that have, themselves, moved on to productive research careers. Finally, in addition to his numerous edited books, Dr. Balthazart most recently authored the 2010 book entitled, in French, Biologie de l’homosexualité (and translated into English in 2011; The Biology of Homosexuality) summarizing the current knowledge on the biological mechanisms that control sexual orientation in animals and humans, and stimulating open scientific discussion on the subject of sexual orientation.
In collaboration with a team at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), researchers from GIGA-Neurosciences have discovered a new gene responsible for a seizure syndrome called juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). This discovery was made as part of an international consortium that studies genetic abnormalities responsible for epileptic diseases. It is being published this week in
The LIGHTSHEET MICROSCOPY can deliver optical sections, 3D reconstructions and timelapse movies of whole sample volumes at subcellular resolutions. The fast scan speeds and low phototoxicity of the lightsheet allow to record the development of fluorescent transgenic animals over long time periods, such as zebrafish embryos. Alternatively 3D reconstructions of fixed whole organs or whole embryos,
The researchers discovered that this cellular dialogue controls the growth of the cerebral cortex and that its impairment leads a cortical malformation previously associated with autism in mice . Their results are published in the prestigious scientific journal Cell. The cerebral cortex contains excitatory and inhibitory interneurons. The former are produced locally and move by