Prof Patrice Cani

UC Leuven, Belgium

Professor Patrice D. Cani is senior researcher from FRS-FNRS, Université Catholique de Louvain, WELBIO, Brussels, Belgium.

He is co-director of the European Associated Laboratory: “NeuroMicrobiota” (INSERM, Toulouse, France/UCL). He is dietitian, earned a M.Sc. in Human Nutrition, a M.Sc. in Health Sciences and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (2005).

In 2007, he published the discovery of the concept of metabolic endotoxemia, and more recently, he discovered the beneficial role of the bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila on obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors (published in PNAS 2013 and Nature Medicine 2017).

His main research interests are the investigation of interactions between the gut microbiota, the host and specific biological systems such as the endocannabinoid system and the innate immune system in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiometabolic disorders and metabolic inflammation.

Dr. Cani is recipient of prestigious grants: ERC Starting Grant 2013 (ENIGMO), PoC ERC grant 2016 (Microbes4U). He is laureate of the prize “Baillet Latour Grant for Medical Research 2015”, the International Prize of Physiology Lucien Dautrebande (2016), the Belgian Endocrine Society Lecture Award (2017). He is alos recipient of the prestigious “Chaire Bauchau 2016” and the “Chaire Francqui 2017”.

Patrice D. Cani is associate member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences, founding member of the Belgian Nutrition Society and member of several international associations.

He is author/co-author of around 200 scientific research publications, reviews and book chapters, (h-index: 64; citations >17000; in Nov 2017).

His motto is : “In Gut We Trust”.