Scientific Steering Committee

AFLD’s research activity is shared in varying degrees between several actors of the Agency including the Scientific Steering Committee (COS).


COS has nine French and foreign top scientists, appointed by the President of the AFLD, as well as three representatives of the relevant administrations and a representative of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Professor Yves LE BOUC, Chairman

  • Physician, Endocrinologist
  • Director INSERM U515 «Growth, differentiation and processes tumor»

Professor Michel AUDRAN

  • Member appointed by the Ministry for Health
  • Biophysics Laboratory & Bio-analyzes
  • Faculty of Pharmacy of Montpellier


  • Team leader «Remodelling, Regeneration and striated muscle therapy»
  • Institute of Myology / Therapy of striated muscle diseases UMRS 974 –
  • UPMC University. Paris 6 / U974 – Inserm / UMR7215 – CNRS / AIM


  • Pharmacist appointed by the Ministry responsible for sports

Professor Marc FRANCAUX

  • Professor of exercise physiology
  • Université Catholique de Louvain

Professor Michel HAMON

  • University Professor
  • Neuropharmacologue specialist in «Serotonin and dopamine»
  • Director of the INSERM Unit # 677
  • La Pitié – Salpêtrière

Professor Jacques POORTMANS

  • Professor at the Higher Institute of Physical Education and Physiotherapy of the University of Brussels.
  • Teaching biochemistry of physical activities and sports nutrition.
  • Founder and President of the «International Group is Biochemestry of Exercise»

Professor Pietro DI PRAMPERO

  • Professor of Exercise Physiology, chief editor of the journal «European
  • Journal of Applied Physiology»
  • Rector of the University of Udine, Italy

Professor Pierre ROCHCONGAR

  • University Professor
  • Biology and Sports Medicine Unit
  • CHU Rennes

Professor Jean-Pol TASSIN

  • Member appointed by the Ministry of Research

Professor Jean-Christophe THALABARD

  • University Professor
  • Information Biostatistiques- medically University Paris Descartes
  • Hospitalier- practitioner gynecology Endocrinology Unit Hotel Dieu, APHP

Professor Jean-Paul THISSEN

  • Physician, biological, nutritional and GH/IGF I and GH signaling cytokines, IGF and currently muscle
  • Université Catholique de Louvain «Diabetology Unit and Nutrition» BRUSSELS

Roles and reflection themes

To develop the scientific strategy of the AFLD and to select research projects to be conducted by his lab, COS includes three working groups whose mission is to explore the potential of new molecules and methods around themes:

  • Biomechanics ;
  • Pharmacology and myogenesis ;
  • Muscle metabolism.

COS may also consider projects proposed by other laboratories in the specific field of doping, validate and possibly promote them to leading research laboratories of national or international organizations that may contribute to their financing ( including the World Anti-Doping Agency or the European Commission ).