Impact of binge-drinking on brain maturation

January 26, 2022Atelier 210 Brussels
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Doors open: 19:30
Start programme: 20:00
Atelier 210
Chaussée Saint-Pierre 210

Alcohol is the most consumed addictive substance in teenagers and about 40% of them regularly experience alcohol binge-drinking, consuming at least 5 drinks in two hours. This pattern of alcohol consumption is toxic for the brain, in particular for the frontal areas which undergo intense maturation during adolescence. The frontal part of the brain is responsible for the executive functions, such as attention, communication, control of impulsivity and goal-directed behaviors. By modeling adolescent alcohol binge-drinking in mice, we showed that excessive alcohol intake insidiously impairs executive functioning and induce the development of severe and persistent behavioral defects. The goal of our research is to unveil how alcohol interferes with brain maturation to promote the development of alcohol addiction and related psychiatric disorders.

Talk by

Sophie Laguesse

After a PhD at ULiège studying malformations of brain development, Sophie Laguesse performed a postdoctoral stay at the University of California San Francisco where she discovered alcohol addiction research. Thee years later, she came back to Belgium to start an original line of research aiming at understanding the brain mechanisms underlying the development of alcohol addiction. In 2021, she was appointed research assistant by the FNRS and is currently starting her own lab at ULiège.


Music by


Roza produces subtle sound waves, chemical reactions, soft shivers that envelop, move, transport, revolt and soothe. Her universe is poetic, engaging, sensitive to the world, authentic and furiously modern. Marrying the digital (loops) to string instruments (banjo, guitar or n'goni), she cheerfully walks her unique voice on the borders of folk and jazz.

Accompanied on stage by Hadrien Pierson on percussion and Antoine Flipo (Glass Museum) on keyboards, she declares the desire to revolt, her understanding of the immense extremes of the universe and her fear of losing sight of beauty. At barely 20 years old, she released her first single "Coule Amour" from her upcoming album.

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