Founders

Jacques Touchon

Jacques Touchon is currently a university professor emeritus at the University of Montpellier and a member of INSERM U 1061 « Neuropsychiatry: epidemiological and clinical research ». His research activity focuses on the epidemiological, clinical and therapeutical aspects of neurodegenerative pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease. He is a member of the European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium (EADC), co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD), co-chair and founding member of the Clinical Trials in Alzheimer’s Disease Conference (CTAD). He is president of Alzheimer Preventia, an endowment fund dedicated to supporting Alzheimer’s disease prevention research.

Jacques Touchon became a Doctor of Medicine in 1979. Between 1980 and 1984, he obtained a specialization in Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurophysiology. He was appointed Professor of Neurology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montpellier in 1990, Head of the Department of Neurology and Director of the Resources and Research Memory Center at the University Hospital Center of Montpellier from 2004 to 2014. He has been president of many scientific organizations and societies including the French language Society of Clinical Neurophysiology. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters mainly focusing on Alzheimer’s disease.

He was elected Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier from 2000 to 2008, member of the board of the Conference of Deans from 2003 to 2006, member of the National Council of Universities (CNU) from 2000 to 2006 maintaining during this mandate the President of Section 49 (Nerve and Muscular Pathology, Mental Pathology, Disability and Rehabilitation).
From 2008 to 2014, he was deputy mayor of the city of Montpellier in charge of international relations, the university and health.

Jacques Touchon was awarded the rank of Chevalier in 1999 and in 2014 the rank of Officier in the Order of Palmes Académiques. In 2007, he was named Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur.

Bruno Vellas

Bruno Vellas is the chair of the Gérontopôle & Department of Geriatric Internal Medicine at the Toulouse University Hospital and is member of INSERM UMR 1027. He studied medicine in Toulouse and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1987 and a PhD in Physiopathology in 1990. He did doctoral training in nutrition and aging at the University of New Mexico, USA, Clinical Nutrition Lab, School of Medicine from 1987 to 1988.

His main interests are: development of aging and geriatric clinical research and care. His research and care has been supported by several European, national and international research grants. He is the founder of the Gérontopôle to develop innovation and research for older adults.

He is the author and co-author of more than 800 publications in peer-review journals since 1987, Index H: 75. He serves as editor, editorial committee member and reviewer of several major journals. He is adjunct professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA and is member of the scientific advisory board of several major scientific institutions in France, EU, Japan and the US.

Since 2016, he is a titular member of the French National Academy of Medicine, Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, and was recipient of the Palmes Académiques in 2016. He is the past president of IAGG (International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics) a NGO with a seat at the United Nations, and the founder of EADC (European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium), CTAD (Clinical Trial in Alzheimer’s Disease conference) and ICFSR (International Conference for Frailty and Sarcopenia Research). He is the chair of the WHO Collaborating Center for Frailty, Clinical Research and Geriatric Training since September 2017. Bruno VELLAS is Principal Investigator of the INSPIRE program in the field of Gerosciences.