Head of the Centre
Lionel Bretillon is a researcher from the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) since 1999. After a PhD from Université Bordeaux II, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Sweden), working on cholesterol homeostasis in the brain in connection with Alzheimer’s disease.
Between 2004 and 2017, L Bretillon co-chaired the Eye and Nutrition Research Group of the Flaveur, Vision et Comportement du Consommateur (FLAVIC) unit, before the group integrated the Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l’Alimentation (CSGA) in 2010.
Since January 2017, L Bretillon leads the Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l’Alimentation. Elected to the scientific boards of the Human Nutrition Department of INRA, and Dijon INRA Research Centre till 2016, L Bretillon is now president of the scientific board of the competitive cluster VITAGORA, member of the strategic board of the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin in Dijon, and member of the directorate of the University of Burgundy.
His works deal with the role of diet in the functioning and aging processes of the retina. Most studies involve translational approaches and are related to fatty acid and cholesterol homeostasis in the retina in physiological and pathological conditions (age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma). L Bretillon has been awarded in 2016 by the Fondation de France/Fondation de l’Oeil. He is co-authored of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles.