Dr Thibault Renoir
Following his doctorate degree in pharmacy (PharmD, 2005), Dr Renoir obtained his PhD in 2009. This early work was carried out at the University of Paris 6 (INSERM, France) and supervised by Drs L Lanfumey and M Hamon. Dr Renoir joined Professor Hannan’s group at The Florey in 2009 and has been leading his independent group as Senior Florey Research Fellow since 2017.
Dr Renoir’s research group examines the mechanisms by which gene-environment interactions influence neurodegenerative (e.g. Huntington’s disease and other dementias) and psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and OCD). His current research aims to understand how environmental and lifestyle factors such as stress, directly and indirectly, impact behaviour, cognition and physiology via dynamic molecular/cellular changes in the brain. Along with exploring the mechanisms driving the beneficial effects of physical exercise, this research aims to identify new targets for future therapies.
Since his move to Australia, Dr Renoir has been awarded 3 fellowships (2014–16 ARC DECRA, 2017–2021 NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship, 2022–2025 Ronald Philip Griffths Fellowship). Overall, Dr Renoir’s work has attracted $3.2+ million in highly competitive funding (including 3 NHMRC Project Grants).
- Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuropharmacology
- Dr Renoir’s work has attracted >$3.2 million in highly competitive funding, including 3 NHMRC Project Grants
- Dr Renoir’s PhD project received the highest level of appreciation as well as the French National Academy of Pharmacy ‘Thesis Prize’
- Therapeutic psychedelics in mental health
- Studying gene-environment interactions in the pathogenesis of obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Modulating metals homeostasis to treat neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders
- Do the beneficial effects of exercise involve miRNA-mediated regulation of gene expression?
- Therapeutic approaches to dementia and depression in Huntington’s disease
Awards and achievements
- 2017-2021 — NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship
- 2017-2019 — Principal Chief Investigator on a NHMRC Project Grant (‘New treatments for Huntington’s disease)
- 2017 — Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Grants
- 2016 — Brain Foundation Research Gifts
- 2014-2016 — Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council
- 2013 — Best Review Award (The Florey Postdoctoral Association)
- 2012 — Best Review Award (The Florey Postdoctoral Association)