Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Andre Tchernof, PhD, FTOS, Professor of endocrinology and nephrology at Laval University in Canada.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am a Professor of endocrinology and nephrology at Laval University in Canada.
Q: Can you tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory?
A: My interests relate to the metabolic complications of obesity and body fat distribution, with a particular emphasis on adipose tissue physiology. My experimental approaches combine cellular biology techniques with biochemistry, genomics and clinical investigation in humans. My published work has involved collaborations with many surgeons from various surgery services at Laval University-affiliated hospitals. This approach allows clinical observations to be linked with the cellular characteristics or mechanisms underlying pathophysiological conditions such as abdominal obesity and related cardio metabolic complications.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Public funding goes through cycles and expectations toward young investigators will adjust as a function of national funding levels. Although things are more difficult when national funding levels are low, this is not an immutable satiation. Those who can persevere and last longer than others will succeed.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: The paradigm shift we have witnessed in the past decade regarding the endocrine/paracrine functions of adipose tissue, and the increasingly recognized complexity that it has brought to the field.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: Music (listening and playing).