Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Cardiovascular System (EMC)

Cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, endocrine dysfunction and chronic kidney disease together represent the majority of medical problems in today's society. The prevalence of these diseases increases exponentially with age. Many aspects such as risk factors, nutritional status and pathophysiological mechanisms are common to these diseases. The EMC department therefore aims to understand the physio-pathological and clinical therapeutic aspects of these diseases for medical and biomedical education and research. The department makes significant efforts on vertical (from genes to the whole body) and horizontal (interactions between organs) integration and/or translational approaches to understand the biological processes of human health and diseases as well as risk factors, using appropriate experimental models ranging from mammals to atypical basal model systems. Basic research on the effects of nutrition, diet, growth, development and ageing on cardiovascular damage and repair, metabolic, liver and kidney diseases is reinforced by the research theme on mechanisms of cellular adaptation to hypoxia and by clinical cardiovascular medicine and translational nephrology. The research of this department is complemented by studies on endocrine hormonal factors in sexual differentiation and development.

The department consists of eight research groups and a teaching platform:

  • Plateforme d'enseignement de la physiologie