Julien Barc

Julien Barc is the recipient of the 2019 Descartes-Huygens Prize. He has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research and his contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.

Julien Barc is an INSERM Associate Researcher at l’institut du thorax in Nantes, France and a rising star in his field.He studies molecular mechanisms in cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers at Barc’s institute in Nantes and Amsterdam University Medical Centre have been joining forces for the past twenty years to study rare cardiac diseases associated with a high risk of sudden death and new therapies for heart conditions. The two groups possess complementary expertise allowing translational research from bedside to bench and back to bedside.

The Descartes-Huygens Prize allows Julien Barc to work in the Netherlands with the Amsterdam research group for longer periods of time.He will also supervise two PhD students charged with liaising between the French and Dutch research teams.