Understanding body and organ function in health and diseases requires a thorough knowledge of the molecular events that take place at the level of individual cells. These cellular processes are carried out by thousands of different molecules, from single proteins to sophisticated megadalton-sized protein complexes. How do these molecules work (individually or as part signaling pathways) to control cellular activities, and how are these molecular machineries dysregulated in various pathological states are the fundamental questions tackled by the teams in the Thematic Unit “Molecular Biology of Diseases (MBD)”. With the ultimate goal of translating molecular advances into novel therapeutic approaches the MBD brings together multifaceted and multidisciplinary group of researchers. Synergistic interactions and strong technological support provide an environment conducive to understanding the physiological and pathological functions of complex molecular machineries.
The "prix Galien de Pharmacologie" is organized each year in Belgium by the "Journal du Médecin". It awards a work in fundamental or clinical Pharmacology that has been accomplished by a researcher or a team of researchers below the age of 40. The Prix Galien de Pharmacologie 2016 (awarded in 2017) was awarded to Julien Hanson for his contribution to the study of understudied G protein coupled receptors.