Bernard Srour

Bernard's scientific work in one sentence

I am currently working on life expectancy prediction using lifestyle factors and biomarkers of metabolic health and inflammation, using data from EPIC-Heidelberg cohort.

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Short CV

University Studies: Master in Public Health / Epidemiology – University of Bordeaux 2015
PhD: Epidemiology and Public Health – Sorbonne Paris Nord University 2019
Doctor in Pharmacy PharmD – Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth 2011
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scientist at DKFZ- German Cancer Research Center, Division of Cancer Epidemiology

What is - in your opinion - your best publication?

Srour, B. et al. Ultra-processed food intake and risk of cardiovascular disease: a prospective cohort study (NutriNet-Santé). Bmj-British Medical Journal, BMJ 2019;365:l1451

What are your most important prizes and memberships?

Top 5 Young Public Health Investigators – European Public Health Association
Travel Grant from the French Nutrition Society
Grant from the French Agency for Francophonie

Member of the coordination team and the steering committee of the French Network for Nutrition and Cancer Research (Réseau NACRe)
Member of the Nutrition Section of the European Public Health Association
Expert for the French National Cancer Institute (2018-present)

5 questions about research - past, present, future

1. What are your primary tasks and responsibilities in your actual position?
For the moment, I am dedicated to perform my research and follow-up for the EPIC case-cohort progression with other colleagues; I am also co-supervising Master interns, and participating in expertise workgroups for the French National Cancer Institute.

2. What is it that gives you pleasure and/or satisfaction the most?
I love seeing the direct public health impact of my research.

3. Which research question(s) affects you at the moment? What is its social significance?
I am currently intrigued about the identification of a set of biomarkers reflecting modifiable lifestyle factors, that might predict longevity and age-related diseases.

4. Which publication influenced you the most?
It is hard to name one publication. Every now and then, I find out about some articles that really influence me, above their scientific content, especially when authors state the importance of multidisciplinary research in moving forward in science. I think that humility and open-mindedness are important qualities, and I love when it can be felt by reading a paper.

5. What do you like most about AMPro? What are your particular plans within the collaboration?
AMPro scientists come from different disciplines. This is essential as it would allow us to have a global look to our research questions, and have more thorough results: associations that myself, epidemiologist, observe in human studies, can be tested in animal or cellular experiments, performed by other scientists of AMPro.

3 questions beyond research

1. What are your experiences with reconciliation of family or private and working life?
Even though researchers are usually passionate about their job, I think it is also important to remember that private life comes first. But with the daily deadlines, we tend to forget this. I think it is important to dedicate weekly appointments to completely disconnect from work, sport always helps. And never set your professional email on automatic sync on your smartphone.

2. What is the experience during your PhD you will remember all your life?
I will always remember discovering what it is like to be contacted by media channels for the first time to talk about my research

3. Which book and/or movie has lately affected you the most?
“Buddy Joe”, a short film about Parkinson disease.