Brigitte Picard

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Brigitte Picard

National Institute of Agronomical research (INRA), France

Brigitte Picard married, two children, is Director of Research at the National Institute of Agronomical research (INRA) in France. After a training at the University of Clermont-Ferrand and a thesis on the baking quality of hybrid wheats, she was recruited at INRA in 1991. Her research topic at the Mixt Unit of Research on Herbivores, concerns skeletal muscle development and ruminants meat quality. Her skills are: skeletal muscle physiology, analysis of proteins, primary cells cultures (myoblasts and satellite cells), proteomic analysis of skeletal muscle. She works in particular on the prediction of beef tenderness from proteomic biomarkers and the link between rearing practices and beef sensory qualities. She is the author of 169 original scientific articles, 46 reviews, 558 papers in congress. She participated in 21 book chapters and coordinated 5 collective editions. From 2004 to 2009 she was the French correspondent of the COST 925 action “The importance of prenatal events for postnatal muscle growth in relation to the quality of muscle based foods). Then she was a member of the COST FA1002 “Advances in Farm Animal Proteomics”. From 1992 to 2016, she was the head of several INRA research teams. Since 2017 she is co-animator of the regional Ruminant Meat Consortium associating professionals of the meat sector and researchers.