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Inserm U1239 - DC2N Laboratory
University of Rouen, IRIB
Team " Astrocytes and Vascular Niche”
76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan – France
Retired since 2018
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 Nationality  - French


Dr M-Christine Tonon received a PhD from the University of Rouen in 1978 (HDR in 1984), and has been appointed as an Inserm researcher in 1980 (promoted DR2 Inserm in 1992). From 1994 to 2009, Dr Tonon was a group leader in the Inserm Unit U413 (IFRMP, University of Rouen). Dr Tonon was coordinator of research projects (Inserm-Picasso, Inserm-NWO, CMCU-Utique, Inserm-DGRS). Dr Tonon worked on neurogenesis in adult brain in the team « Astrocytes and Vascular Niche” (Inserm U1239, IRIB, University of Rouen ; team leader Dr Hélène Castel).
Dr Tonon has an expertise in Cellular Biology, Neurosciences, Peptides, Signalisation and Imagery. Dr Tonon was member of expert comitees (FWO, Consultative Expert Committee and  Council of the Department of Biology of the University of Rouen). Dr Tonon teached in Neurosciences at the University of Rouen.  Dr Tonon have 279 publications referenced in Pub Med (210 original articles and 15 reviews), 6519 citations since 1978 according to ISI Web of KNOWLEDGETM (h-index = 44)


1976-1978  PhD Thesis in « Biologie Expérimentale ». Fellowships of the Direction Générale de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique (DGRST) .
1976  Formation in Radioprotection
1979  Post-doctoral position at UCB Bioproduct compagny, Bruxelles
1979-1980  Post-Doctoral position, Rouen University. Fellowships of the Fondation de la Recherche Médicale (FRM)
1980-1991  Position at Inserm as CR2 (1980-1982), CR1 (1983-1991). URA CNRS 650, University of Rouen, 76821, Mont-Saint-Aignan
1984  Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR).
1992-2018  Position at Inserm as DR2, Inserm U413, Inserm U413/EA4310, Inserm U982, Inserm U1239, University of Rouen, 76821, Mont-Saint-Aignan
1992-    Authorization for animal experiments
1994-2009  Team leader in the Inserm U413 unit, University of Rouen

Prize and Distinctions

  • Fellowships of the DGRST  (1976-1978)
  • Fellowships of FR M (1979-1980)
  • Secrétaire Générale de la Société de Neuroendocrinologie Expérimentale ( SNE, 1994-1997)


Cell biochemist and molecular biologist, expertise in the field of Neuroendocrinology and Neurosciences (neurons/astrocytes), receptor-associated signalings, animal neurogenesis, neuro- and glio-peptides, imagery


2000-2017    Teaching in Neurosciences (Master level 1 and 2)

Evaluation committees

  • Member of the Expert Committee of FWO (Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek of Flanders, Belgium) (2010-2015)
  • Member (elected) of the Expert Committees (66-69th sections) of the University of Rouen (1995-2008)
  • Member (elected) of the Consultative Expert Committees (66-69th sections) of the University of Rouen (2009-2016)
  • Member (elected) of the Council of the Department of Biology of the University of Rouen (1994-2017)

Reviewer for Journal of Neurochemistry, Neuroendocrinology, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, European Journal of Pharmacology,Peptides,  NY Academy of Sciences, General  and Comparative Endocrinology….

Scientific Societies and Networks

  • Société de Neuroendocrinologie (1978-2017)
  • International Society of Neuroendocrinology (1986-2000)
  • Endocrine Society, USA (1988-2000)
  • International Neuroendocrine Federation (2000-2017)
  • Club des Cellules Gliales (2000-2017)
  • Société Française des Neurosciences (2001-2017)
  • Institut for Research and Innovation in Biomedicine (IRIB)
  • LARC Neurosciences network
  • Peptide Research Network Excellence network