Patrice Cani

Université Catholique de Louvain. Belgium.


Prof. Patrice D. Cani is researcher from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research, group leader at the
Louvain Drug Research Institute from UCL, Brussels, Belgium. He is dietitian, earned a M.Sc. in Nutrition,
a M.Sc. in Health Sciences and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (2005). His main research interests are the
investigation of interactions between the gut microbiota, the host and specific biological systems such as
the endocannabinoid system and the innate immune system in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes,
cardiometabolic disorders and metabolic inflammation.
In 2007, he published the discovery of the concept of metabolic endotoxemia. More recently, he
discovered the beneficial role of the bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila on obesity and cardiometabolic
risk factors. Dr. Cani is WELBIO investigator and recipient of prestigious grants: ERC Starting Grant 2013
(ENIGMO), a PoC ERC grant 2015, the prize “Baillet Latour Grant for Medical Research 2015”, the
International Prize of Physiology Lucien Dautrebande (2016). He is associate member of the Royal
Academy of Medicine of Belgium.
He is author/co‐author of >165 scientific research publications (h‐index: 54; citations >13500; Nov 2016).