Jouret François, MD, PhD

Team leader
Email - +32 4 366 25 40

The track-record of Dr François JOURET can be subdivided into 4 successive periods: a 4-year FNRS Research Fellowship in the laboratory of Nephrology of UCL Medical School (Pr O. Devuyst, Brussels, Belgium), a 4-year Clinical Residency in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at UCL St-Luc Hospital (Pr M. Jadoul, Brussels, Belgium), a 2-year BAEF-sponsored postdoctoral stay in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology of Yale Medical School (Pr M. Caplan, New Haven, CT), and his current position as FNRS MD/PhD Fellow in the GIGA Cardiovascular Sciences Unit, as well as in the Division of Nephrology (Pr J-M. Krzesinski) of ULg Academic Hospital (ULg CHU) in Liège, Belgium.


Dr Fr. JOURET is Assistant Professor at ULg Medical School and is responsible for the 30-hour course entitled “Introduction to Translational Research” (in coll. with Dr S. Berghmans) in Master 1 Biomedical Sciences.


Research topic

The group of Dr François JOURET focuses on the mechanisms of ischemic preconditioning, including the putative nephroprotective role of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC). In parallel, they investigate non-invasive approaches to diagnose acute rejection in kidney transplant recipients, including 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging and NMR-based metabolomics.


Relevant publications

  1. Jouret F, Wu J, Hull M, Rajendran V, Mayr B, Schöfl C, Geibel J and Caplan MJ. Activation of the calcium-sensing receptor induces deposition of tight junction components to the epithelial cell plasma membrane. J Cell Sci, 126: 5132-42.
  2. Erpicum P, Detry O, Weekers L, Bonvoisin C, Lechanteur Ch, Briquet A, Beguin Y, Krzesinski J-M and Jouret F. Mesenchymal stromal cell therapy in conditions of renal ischemia/reperfusion. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2014, 29: 1487-93
  3. Weekers L, de Tullio P, Bovy C, Poma L, Marée R, Bonvoisin C, Defraigne JO, Krzesinski JM, Jouret F. Activation of the calcium-sensing receptor before renal ischemia/reperfusion exacerbates kidney injury. Am J Transl Res 2015, 7: 128-38
  4. Lovinfosse P, Weekers L, Bonvoisin C, Bovy C, Grosch S, Krzesinski JM, Hustinx R, Jouret F. Fluorodeoxyglucose F18 Positron Emission Tomography Coupled With Computed Tomography in Suspected Acute Renal Allograft Rejection. Am J Transplant 2015 [Epub ahead of print]


Awards and prizes

Award of the Belgian Society of Nephrology, Brussels (03/2005)

European Renal Association-EDTA Award, Glasgow (07/2006)

Award Alvarenga de Piauhy from the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, Brussels (06/2008)

Pfizer Educational Grant, School of Medicine, UCL, Brussels  (12/2010)

Award ACiiRT, Fonds Léon Fredericq, ULg, Liège (11/2012)

Award of the Belgian Society of Nephrology, Brussels (04/2015)

Award Octaaf Dupont from the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, Brussels  (09/2015)