Due to their critical physiological and pathophysiological importance, new fascinating discoveries are regularly related to endocrine and neuroendocrine regulations. Since 2002, TheFondation IPSEN annually highligths this field throughout the organization of a dedicated “Colloque Médecine & Recherche” meeting and the award of the “Endocrine Regulation Prize” to the most prominent experts on Endocrinlogy. 

Colloques Médecine et Recherche

The endocrine network is one of the three major systems – the others are the nervous and immune systems – that influence the whole body. Hormones are no longer considered to be linked chiefly to a specific endocrine organ but are recognised to participate in almost all physiological functions and to be involved in many regulatory processes. As a corollary, they are implicated in many diseases, as well as in the molecular mechanisms of senescence. Endocrine disorders are far from rare; rather they represent some of the greatest scourges of the modern world, including obesity, diabetes and various types of cancer. La Fondation IPSEN’s Colloques Médecine et Recherche in this field tackle some of the most recent findings.

Some of the proceedings are available in open access below. 


    • Hormones, metabolism and the benefits of exercise
      Paris (France), December 5, 2016 
    • Stem cells in neuroendocrinology
      Paris (France), December 7, 2015 – free ebook
    • A time for metabolism and hormones 
      Paris (France), December 5, 2014 – free ebook
    • Brain crosstalk In puberty and adolescence
      Paris (France), December 2, 2013
    • Hormones, intrauterine health and programming
      Paris (France), December 3, 2012
    • Multiple origins of sex differences in brain. neuroendocrine functions and their pathologies
      Paris (France), November 28, 2011
    • Multi-system endocrine disruption
      Paris (France), November 29, 2010
    • Novel insights in adipose cell functions
      Paris (France), December 4, 2009
    • IGFs: local repair and survival factor throughout life-span
      Paris (France), December 1, 2008
    • Hormones and social behavior
      Paris (France), December 3, 2007
    • Hormonal control of cell cycle
      Paris (France), December 4, 2006
    • Insights into receptor function and new drug development targets
      Paris (France), December 5, 2005
    • Deciphering growth
      Paris (France), December 6, 2004
    • Hormones and the brain
      Paris (France), December 8, 2003
    • Endocrine aspects of successful aging: of genes, hormones and lifestyles
      Paris (France), December 2, 2002
    • Brain somatic cross-talk and the central control of metabolism
      Paris (France), January 28, 2002

    Endocrine Regulations Prize

    This prize is awarded by la Fondation IPSEN to a researcher or a physician who has carried out work essential to a better understanding of the role of neuroendocrine interactions in regulating the body’s major metabolic functions. It is bestowed for a particularly significant body of work rather than a single discovery.

    The international jury led by Iain Robinson (London, UK) is compsed by: Xavier Bertagna (Paris, France), Felipe Casanueva (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Michael Conn (Beaverton,USA), Alain Enjalbert (Marseille, France), Ezio Ghigo (Turino, Italy), Ilpo Huhtaniehmi (London, UK), Gérard Karsenty (New York, USA), Paul Kelly (Paris, France), Steven Lamberts (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Stafford Lightman (Bristol, UK), Günter Stalla (München, Germany), Phyllis Wise (Champaign, USA).


    • 2017 Bruce McEwen (Rockefeller University, USA) 

          Glucocorticoid and Stress                                          

    • 2016 John Funder (Victoria, Australia)
      Primary Aldosteronism 
    • 2015 C. Ronald Kahn (Boston, USA)
      Insulin signaling and action 
    • 2014 Maria I. New (New York, USA)
      Congenital adrenal hyperplasia 
    • 2013 Bert O’Malley (Houston, USA)
      Hormone Action and Gene Expression 
    • 2012 Jeffrey M. Friedman (New York, USA) 
      Discovery of leptin 
    • 2011 Paolo Sassone-Corsi (Irvine, USA) 
      Clock genes and endocrine rhythms 
    • 2010 Shlomo Melmed (Los Angeles, USA) 
      Translational approaches to endocrinology 
    • 2009 Gilbert Vassart (Brussels, Belgium) 
      Understanding of endocrine diseases 
    • 2008 Ronald Evans (La Jolla, USA)  
      Genetic contribution to endocrinology 
    • 2007 William Crowley (Boston, USA)  
      Translational approach of GnRH deficiency 
    • 2006 Roger Cone (Portland, USA) 
      Biology of the melanocortin peptides
    • 2005 Tomas Hökfelt (Stockholm, Sweden)  
      Neuropeptides as major players in neuroendocrinology
    • 2004 Pierre Chambon (Strasbourg, France)  
      Nuclear estrogen receptors
    • 2003 Robert Lefkowitz (Durham, USA)  
      Proteins receptors and their regulation
    • 2002 Wylie Vale (La Jolla, USA)  
      CRF and other hormones from hypothalamus

    * The international jury in charge of awarding the prize is not expecting any application: laureates are selected on the basis of either their main achievements throughout their career, or in recognition of a particularly important work.