Dr. Yvette Taché (UCLA) will receive the 2014 William S. Middleton Award

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Dr. Yvette Taché will soon be awarded the 2014 William S. Middleton Award, it is the highest award given by the Biomedical Laboratory in Research and Development (BLR&D), from the research division of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The BLR&D will reward Dr. Taché’s for her exemplary research and in particular her major contributions to the understanding of central nervous system control of peripheral autonomic pathways that influence gastrointestinal function. Our compatriot is the first woman to receive this award since 1962.

After conducting her studies at the University Claude Bernard in Lyon, Dr. Yvette Taché received her Ph.D. in 1974 at the Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada under the direction of Professor Hans Selye who discovered the concept of biological stress. She then pursued her postdoctoral studies at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA and then became a Professor at the David Geffen Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) before taking on the direction of the Research Center for Digestive Diseases at the University. She is Associate Director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA and co-director of the Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Women’s Health. Dr. Taché has already received numerous awards, including: the UCLA Woman of Science Award, the NIH Merit Award, the Research Career Scientist Award, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Veterans Health Organization.

Dr. Tache’s research focuses on the understanding of the neuroanatomical and neurochemical substrates involved in the brain-digestive tract. Her results were used to develop new treatments for many functional problems related to gastrointestinal stress.

Ms. Yvette Taché will be the guest of honor at the next “Ciné-Sciences” co-organized by the Alliance Française of Los Angeles (AFLA) and the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, the event will take place at the AFLA on Thursday November 6th, 2014. The documentary "The gut, our second brain" ("Le ventre, notre deuxième cerveau") will be screened; it was co-produced by Arte/Scientifilms and INSERM and directed by Cécile Denjean, under the scientific direction of Michel Neunlist (Inserm Research Director in Nantes).