Investigator, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. Bouret received a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the university of Lille (France) in 2001. He subsequently joined the laboratory of Dr. Richard Simerly in the Department of Neuroscience at the Oregon Health and Science University where he did his postdoctoral work.

In 2005, Dr. Bouret was appointed Faculty in the Neuroscience Program of The Saban Research Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was then promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California in 2007.

Dr. Bouret’s research has directly led to several breakthroughs in the understanding of the complex hormonal signals and neurodevelopmental substrates responsible for appetite regulation. He has published more than 45 articles, reviews and book chapters in the field of developmental programming and has been invited to lecture internationally.


Coupe B, Ishii Y, Dietrich MO, Komatsu M, Horvath TL, Bouret SG. Loss of autophagy in proopiomelanocortin neurons perturbs axon growth and causes metabolic dysregulation. Cell Metabolism, in press, 2012  

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Bouret SG, Bates SH, Chen S, Myers MG Jr., Simerly RB. Distinct roles for specific leptin receptor signals in the development of hypothalamic feeding circuits. The Journal of Neuroscience, in press, 2012 

Steculorum MS, Bouret SG. Maternal diabetes compromises the organization of hypothalamic feeding circuits and impairs leptin sensitivity in offspring. Endocrinology, 152(11): 4171-4179, 2011 (also News & Views p. 4007-4009) 

Caron E, Sachot C, Prevot V, Bouret SG. Distribution of leptin-sensitive cells in the postnatal and adult mouse brain. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 518(4):459-476, 2010 

Patterson C, Bouret SG, Park S, Dunn-Meynell, Levin BE. Large litter rearing enhances leptin sensitivity and protects selectively bred diet-induced obese rats from becoming obese. Endocrinology, 151(9), 4270-4279, 2010 

Bouret SG, Gorski JN, Kirigiti MA, Levin BE, Simerly RB. Neural Projections from the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus are permanently disrupted in diet-induced obese rats. Cell Metabolism, 7(2):179-185, 2008 (cover article) 

Bouret SG, Draper SJ, Simerly RB. Trophic action of leptin on hypothalamic neurons that regulate feeding.Science, 304(5667):108-110, 2004. 

Bouret SG, Draper SJ, Simerly RB. Formation of projection pathways from the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus to hypothalamic regions implicated in the neural control of feeding behavior in mice. Journal of Neuroscience, 24(11):2797-2805, 2004.


Research Interests: 

The incidence of childhood obesity is increasing at an alarming rate and this worldwide epidemic represents an ominous predictor of increases in diseases such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Epidemiological and animals studies suggest that maternal obesity and alterations in postnatal nutrition are associated with increased risks for obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes in the offspring. Furthermore, there is also growing appreciation that developmental programming of neuroendocrine systems by the perinatal environment represents a possible cause for these diseases.  The Bouret Lab is exploring the role of perinatal hormones in influencing the development of hypothalamic pathways involved in appetite regulation. In addition, they are examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying hypothalamic development. 

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MS #135
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-8743Office