Yvette Taché obtained her undergraduate degree in human biology and animal physiology from the Claude Bernard University in Lyon in 1969 and her Ph.D in 1974 in experimental medicine from the University of Montreal, Canada, under the directorship of Dr. Hans Selye, the founder of the stress concept. She spent two years at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, at the time where the corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) was characterized by Dr W. Vale’s group. Since1982, she has been at the Digestive Diseases Division, Department of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is presently a Professor and Codirector of the Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Associate Director of the Digestive Disease Research Center. Her early experimental studies put the “ brain-gut” axis on the map. Her pioneer contributions to unravel the role of brain and gut peptides and their receptors in the autonomic and enteric regulation of gut function have been sustained since over 2 decades as reflected in her over 300 original publications and one hundred chapters. Dr. Taché’s most recent work contributed to the current understanding of the role of CRF signaling pathways in stress-related alterations of gut motor function and visceral hyperalgesia. She has received numerous awards, including an NIDDK Merit Award, VA Career Scientist Award, the Janssen Award for Distinguished Research in Gastrointestinal Physiology.
Biography Updated on 9 October 2008