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Dr. david BelinDr David Belin - Group leader

Tel: +44 01223 334016/334044
Fax: +44 1223 334100


Impulsivity, compulsivity, addiction OCD, gambling, insight, preclinical models of neuropsychiatric disorders, genes x environment interactions, inter-individual differences

Insula, amygdala, striatum, corticostriatal networks, dopamine, noradrenaline

Neuropharmacology, Experimental psychology, Electrophysiology, Molecular neurobiology

Investigator biography

I graduated in 2005 in Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology at the University of Bordeaux 2 in France. During my PhD I developed the first preclinical model of cocaine addiction based in the operationalization of multiple clinical criteria of the pathology as defined in humans.

I then moved the laboratory of Pr Barry Everitt at the department of Experimental Psychology of the University of Cambridge in January 2006. With my mentor I investigated the corticostriatal mechanisms of cocaine seeking habits and the relationships between impulsivity and compulsive cocaine self-administration, leading to a breakthrough in our understanding of the neurological and psychological mechanisms subserving individual vulnerability to cocaine addiction.

In 2009 I tenured at the INSERM and established my INSERM team in Poitiers, France. My INSERM team research program was ranked first during the national evaluation of the INSERM team in 2012. It focused on the psychological, neural and cellular mechanisms of individual vulnerability to compulsive disorders and their modulation by the environment. I also developed a prestigious European INSERM Associated laboratory with Pr Barry Everitt’s lab thereby pursuing a common research program on investigating the corticostriatal mechanisms of addiction to various classes of drugs.

In October 2013 have been appointed Lecturer in Neuroscience at the Department of Pharmacology where I established my lab focusing on the neuropsychopharmacology of compulsive disorders.

Over the last ten years I have published ~40 papers and 12 book chapters and edited the Intech Book "Drug Addictions: from pathophysiology to treatment"..
I have received the Mémain-Pelletier Award from the French Academy of Science and the Young Investigator Award from the EBPS.
In 2015 I joined the FENS-Kavli network of Excellence (

Lab members

Dr Aude Belin-Rauscent, Post-doctoral fellow
Mr Mickaël Puaud: research assistant
Mr Maxime Fouyssac: PhD student


Prof. , Department of Experimental psychology, University of Cambridge

Pr Jean-Luc Houeto, INSERM CIC 0802 Poitiers, France

Pr Eric Nestler, Department of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA

Dr David Goldman, NIH/NIAAA, Rockville,USA

Pr Brigitte Kieffer, Douglas institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Dr Marc Savasta, Institut des Neurosciences de Grenoble, France

Dr Ballon et J. Bachelier, Tours, France

Pr Pierre-Michel Llorca - Dr Georges Brousse, Pr Franck Durif, Clermont-Ferrand, France