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Sophie Leclercq

Université catholique de Louvain, Institute of Neuroscience, Laboratory of Nutritional Psychiatry, Brussels, Belgium



Role of the gut microbiota  in alcohol use disorder: experimental approaches and clinical perspectives


Sophie Leclercq investigates the role of the gut microbiota in the regulation of emotions and cognitive functions in patients suffering from psychiatric diseases. In 2014, she obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in UCLouvain, Belgium. During her thesis, she studied the gut-brain axis in alcohol use disorder patients. She then moved to McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) for a post-doctoral training, during which she investigated the long-term effects of early life antibiotic exposure on brain functions and behavior in a mouse model. In 2022, Sophie was appointed FNRS research associate and created the laboratory of Nutritional Psychiatry in the Institute of Neuroscience of UCLouvain. Her team mainly conducts clinical study to test the impact of nutritional compounds on mental health and to decipher the mechanisms underlying gut-brain interactions. In 2023, she was awarded the ESBRA Nordmann Prize for her significant contribution in alcohol-related biomedical research.