Colloques médecine & recherche
The endocrine network is one of the three major systems – the others are the nervous and immune systems – that influence the whole body. Hormones are no longer considered to be linked chiefly to a specific endocrine organ but are recognised to participate in almost all physiological functions and to be involved in many regulatory processes. As a corollary, they are implicated in many diseases, as well as in the molecular mechanisms of senescence. Endocrine disorders are far from rare; rather they represent some of the greatest scourges of the modern world, including obesity, diabetes and various types of cancer.
La Fondation IPSEN's nine Colloques Médecine et Recherche in this field tackle some of the most recent findings.
Endocrine Regulation Prize
This prize is awarded by la Fondation IPSEN to a researcher or a physician who has carried out work essential to a better understanding of the role of neuroendocrine interactions in regulating the body’s major metabolic functions. It is bestowed for a particularly significant body of work rather than a single discovery.
The international jury led by Iain Robinson (London, UK) is compsed by: Xavier Bertagna (Paris, France), Felipe Casanueva (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Michael Conn (Beaverton, Alain Enjalbert (Marseille, France), Rolf-Christian Gaillard (Lausanne, Switzerland), Ezio Ghigo (Turino, Italy), Ilpo Huhtaniehmi (London, UK), Paul Kelly (Paris, France), Steven Lamberts (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Stafford Lightman (Bristol, UK), Günter Stalla (München, Germany), Robert Steiner (Seattle, USA).
- 2012 Jeffrey M. Friedman (New York, USA)
Discovery of leptin
- 2011 Paolo Sassone-Corsi (Irvine, USA)
Clock genes and endocrine rhythms
- 2010 Shlomo Melmed (Los Angeles, USA)
Translational approaches to endocrinology
- 2009 Gilbert Vassart (Bruxelles, Belgium)
Understanding of endocrine diseases
- 2008 Ronald Evans (La Jolla, USA)
Genetic contribution to endocrinology
- 2007 William Crowley (Boston, USA)
Translational approach of GnRH deficiency
- 2006 Roger Cone (Portland, USA)
Biology of the melanocortin peptides
- 2005 Tomas Hökfelt (Stockholm, Sweden)
Neuropeptides as major players in neuroendocrinology
- 2004 Pierre Chambon (Strasbourg, France)
Nuclear estrogen receptors
- 2003 Robert Lefkowitz ( Durham, USA)
Proteins receptors and their regulation
- 2002 Wylie Vale (La Jolla, USA)
CRF and other hormones from hypothalamus
* Please note that the international jury in charge of awarding the prize is not expecting any application: laureates are selected on the basis of either their main achievements throughout their career, or in recognition of a particularly important work. Publications of potential laureates are carefully checked by the jury members before they meet for a final decision.