Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board

World-renowned specialist of pharmacology of ion channels, Prof. Michel Lazdunski has made internationally recognized contributions to basic and applied research in pharmacology and pathology. These range from understanding the mechanisms underlying antihypertensives, antidiabetics, and anesthetics, to the mechanisms of cerebral ischemia, cardiac arrhythmia, convulsions and pain perception.

Over the last 30 years, Prof. Lazdunski and his team have not only elucidated the molecular properties of the structure and functioning of ion channels, they have used a highly diverse and sophisticated pharmacological arsenal to shed new light on the role of these ion channels and other ion transport systems in a wide range of diseases and pathological conditions.

Prof. Michel Lazdunski received the CNRS Gold Medal, the highest French scientific distinction as well as the Jung Foundation Gold Medal for Science and Research. He has received other prestigious awards such as the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences for biological research (Charles Leopold Mayer Prize), the International Society for Cardiac Research Prize, the Bristol-Myers Foundation Neuroscience Award, the Athena Foundation – Institut de France Prize, the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences for research of importance to the medical field and the Grand Prix of the French Foundation for Medical Research.

Prof. Michel Lazdunski is a member of several academies, including the Academia Europaea and the French Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the Belgian Academy of Medicine.