Jean-Marie Zajac received the Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular biology from Pierre & Marie Curie University, France, in 1979. Since 1983, he has been a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) a government-funded research organization. In 1989, he headed a research team working in the neurobiology of opioids and the addiction generated by opioid treatments, in Toulouse, France. Since 1998, he has been a Research Director at the Institute of Pharmacology and of Structural Biology (CNRS) and a Group Leader of a team implicated in the antiopioid, in particular, in neuorpeptide FF, a peptide possessing antiopioid activities. Jean-Marie Zajac is a Member of the Editorial Board of Peptides. The current research project is dedicated to the comprehension of the physiological role of neuropeptide FF (NPFF) receptor, the characterization of the pharmacological effects of NPFF, and the understanding of the mechanisms of action of NPFF receptors. This research involves molecular, cellular, and pharmacological techniques at various levels of integration and is aimed, in particular, at the characterization of the mechanisms involved in the antiopioid actions of neuropeptide FF.
Biography Updated on 30 September 2008