Astrid Nehlig received the M.A. degree in physiology and two Ph.D. degrees in physiology and functional neurochemistry from the Henri Poincaré University, Nancy, France. She is presently a Research Director at the French Medical Research Institute, INSERM, in Strasbourg. Her main research interests are brain metabolism, brain development, absence and temporal lobe epilepsy, and the effects of coffee and caffeine on health, mainly on brain function. Moreover, she has authored or coauthored approximately 250 articles, books, and book chapters and has edited two books. She has been invited to deliver over 160 lectures at international meetings and research centers. She received several grants for her work mainly from Medical Research Foundations, NATO, and private companies, a 2002 award from the American Epilepsy Society and a 2006 award from the Gordon Research Conference. Dr. Nehlig has spent two years in the United States working in a highly recognized neuroimaging laboratory at the National Institute for Mental Health in Bethesda, Md, USA. Furthermore, she has led an INSERM research team of 10-15 persons for 25 years, resulting in the education of about 20 M.D. and Ph.D. students and several postdoctoral fellows. She is on the Editorial Board of the international journals of Epilepsia and Epilepsy Research, and she is the Cochair of the commission of neurobiology of the International League against Epilepsy. She acts as an expert for a large number of scientific journals and international societies such as NATO, the British Wellcome Trust, and the Australian Medical Research Institute. She is also the Scientific Advisor of PEC (Physiological Effects of Coffee), the European Scientific Association of the Coffee Industry and works as an expert for the French Coffee Roasters Association for which she is in charge of the information on coffee and health for general practitioners, medical students, journalists, and the general public.
Biography Updated on 23 June 2009