Dr Renoir is one of only a few researchers to examine the mechanisms by which gene-environment interactions influence neurodegenerative (e.g. Huntington's disease and other dementias) and psychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety and schizophrenia). His current research aims to understand how environmental and lifestyle factors (e.g. stress, exercise) directly and indirectly impact behaviour (anxiety and depression), cognition (memory) and physiology (stress response) via dynamic epigenetic modifications (e.g. microRNAs) in the brain. Ultimately, our projects will identify new targets for future therapies.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND: Following his doctorate degree in pharmacy (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. The undertaken PhD project received the highest level of appreciation as well as the French National Academy of Pharmacy “Thesis Prize”. 

FUNDING: Since his move to Australia, Dr Renoir has been awarded 3 Fellowships (2017/2021 NHMRC ‘Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship’; 2014/16 ARC DECRA and 2010/2011 NHMRC-INSERM Exchange Fellowship). Overall, Dr Renoir’s work has attracted >$3.2 million in highly competitive funding (including 3 NHMRC Project Grants)

PUBLICATIONS: Dr Renoir has published over 43 peer-reviewed articles as well as 5 book chapters. As an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuropharmacology, Dr Renoir has hosted a Research Topic (published as an eBook, featuring 21 articles and 87 authors) and written an editorial article.


Dr Scott Ayton (Florey Institute)
Professor Ashley Bush (Florey Institute)
Dr Lesley Cheng (La Trobe University)
Prof Leonid Churilov (Florey Institute)
Professor Anthony Hannan (Florey Institute)
Professor Andrew Hill (La Trobe University)
A/Prof. Nigel Jones (Monash University)
Prof Laurence Lanfumey (INSERM, Paris, France)
Kim-Anh Le Cao (University of Melbourne)
Professor Maarten van den Buuse (La Trobe University)


  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    30 Royal Parade


Awards and achievements

  • Principal Chief Investigator (CIA) on a NHMRC Project Grant (‘New treatments for Huntington’s disease, 2017/19)
  • NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship (2017/2021).
  • Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Grants (2017)
  • Brain Foundation Research Gifts (2016)
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (2014/2016).
  • Best Review Award 2012&2013 (from the Florey Postdoctoral Association)

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