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Vice Director Didier Dupont

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Dr. Didier Dupont
Vice director
in charge of European Partnership and correspondent for the Qualiment Carnot Institute
Didier.Dupont@inra.fr

 

With a PhD in Life and Health Sciences, I am particularly interested in understanding how our diet can affect our health. For more than thirty years, diet-related diseases (cardiovascular diseases, type-2 diabetes, some cancers, allergy ...) are constantly increasing all over the world. It is therefore urgent to prevent the development of these pathologies rather than to treat them. When ingesting a food, the first interface between body and food is the digestive tract. Digestion provides nutrients to the body but also generates the release of molecules that can have a beneficial or deleterious effect on human health. However, the mechanisms of disintegration of food in the digestive tract are still unknown; my work aims to better understand them to underpin the food-health relationship and to design new foods adapted to the nutritional needs of specific populations such as the newborn or the elderly.

Since 2011, I have been coordinating the international INFOGEST network on this theme. It brings together 350 researchers from 130 institutes in 37 countries (Europe but also Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, USA, New Zealand ...). In this context we organize workshops, conferences, training schools and staff mobility every year, try to harmonize our models / techniques and share our knowledge of the digestive process. The Bioactivity & Nutrition team I have been running since 2011 is now a leading team on this topic at the international level. I have produced about 100 articles and book chapters (Prodinra) and coordinated research projects at regional, national and international level.

In 2016 I accepted the mission of Deputy Director of the Unit I was entrusted with because I believe in the quality of this research collective and its ability to generate results and benefits that are beneficial for humans and society. By putting myself at the service of the collective, I also want to return to this laboratory the satisfactions that it has brought me for 10 years, allowing me to develop scientifically and conduct my work in complete freedom. As Deputy Director of the Unit, my missions are (1) to represent the Unit in the Carnot Qualiment Institute and (2) to increase the visibility of the STLO research unit on a European scale.

I am convinced that the STLO has all the assets to develop a research of excellence useful for the citizen and put all my energy at the service of this collective.