UMR 914 - Physiology of Nutrition and Food Behavior (PNCA)

The research of the PNCA unit aims to evaluate how variations in protein intake, in terms of quality and quantity, affect physiology, metabolism and dietary behavior in different physiological and pathophysiological situations, and the repercussions of these effects for health. Protein intake is one of the determinants of body homeostasis, and the role of protein intake, in interaction with other energy-rich nutrients, in the processes of homeostasis and its disruption is a key public health question. The establishment of reference criteria for the quality of protein intake, and for needs in particular physiological conditions, is a topical question in the context of reflections on the balance between products of animal and plant origin, and the search for new sources of protein.

The work of the PNCA unit is built around three research axes:

  • Protein intake and nutritional needs
  • Protein intake and the prevention of pathological conditions
  • Protein intake, control of dietary intake and consumption

Key figures :

Number of permanent staff in the unit: 35
15 PhD students

Doctoral school(s)
DS 581 - Agriculture, food, biology, environment, health
Co-accredited institutions : Agreenium, Université Paris-Saclay, Université Paris-Est, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne