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OptiNutriBrain, an International Associated Laboratory to define an optimized nutrition for the brain

OptiNutriBrain, an International Associated Laboratory
12 november 2015, Laval University, Quebec, Canada : OptiNutriBrain (, an International Associated Laboratory was created between NutriNeuro, headed by S. Layé and the lab headed by F. Calon (Laval University, INAF) in the presence of the French-Canadian authorities.

OptiNutriBrain, an International Associated Laboratory to define an optimized  nutrition for the brain

Sophie Laye
Frederic CALON

The program LIA, co-managed by Sophie Layé and Frédéric Calon will bring objective data for the definition of a nutrition optimized for the brain, targeting the prevention of the development of the neuropsychiatric or neurodegenerative pathologies throughout the life.
The strength of this unique international structure rests on the complementarity of the expertises of both partners, the quality of their research, training and their activities of transfer and innovation. The ambition of OptiNutriBrain is to become an international center of excellence in research) and in training in the highly priority domains of the nutrition and the health of the brain.

The creation of OptiNutriBrain was officialized on November 3rd, 2014 on the occasion of the visit of the French President François Hollande in Quebec, by the signature of an agreement of five years between the Laval university, the University of Bordeaux and the National institute for agronomic research (INRA), in the presence of Mrs N. Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of French Education and the research.

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Current collaboratibe projects:

 Neurophenol: a French-Canadian research project aimed at decreasing the cognitive decline by polyphenols (

PhenoAge: Polyphenols and gut-brain axis

Thesis: Protective effect of nutrition towards neuroinflammation, effect on dopamine and depression (Hortense Fanet)

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