Anna Bencsik

Rédactrice en chef de la revue

Nervous system (central and enteric), Neurovirology, Neurotoxicology, Parkinson’s disease, Prion diseases, Developmental neurotoxicity, Neurodegeneration, Neuroinflammation, Nanomaterials, Pesticides, Histopathology


Dr Bencsik is a Senior Investigator at Anses (the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) where she led research activities on prion diseases for twenty years, after a scientific formation at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, during which she received her PhD in Neuroscience-neurovirology from the University of Lyon I. She started her career leading the histology department of the prion unit, a department she modernized and upgraded to meet the biosafety needs related to prion infectious agents. She used and developed several histotechnical tools and approaches (HIS, IHC, TUNEL, in situ PCR, different stainings of diseased nervous system of which silver staining, Red Congo, post fixation of cattle brains coming from slaughter houses, standardized and validated immunohistochemical prion detection for diagnosis purpose in the French national reference laboratory for animal prion diseases, semi-automatic quantification of vacuolar lesions in the brain of prion infected subjects, new amplification method of prion IHC detection, PET-blot analysis applied to aggregated proteins, etc..). She experienced practice of histology to different types of species (rat, mouse, rabbit, cattle, sheep, goat, cat, cheetah, chicken…) as well as developed a specific knowledge in other organs too of which enteric nervous system.

Today and for several years now, her research aims at characterizing the potential neurotoxicity of environmental contaminants such as pesticides or nanoparticles, still using histology to analyze and characterize the answer of the organs to ingestion or inhalation of these chemical substances. She is particularly interested and invested in the field of histology that knows a renewal. In that context, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of the French Journal of Histotechnology since 2017. In order to ease the information flows and communication in all areas of histological technology among the community of the histologists through publications, her efforts led to modernize the layout of the journal and progressive reorganization of the Journal. Since 2019, her efforts has led to the creation of an e-ISSN, a DOI for each article published in our journal, thus initiating an evolution of the “Revue Française d’Histotechnologie” that starts to grow in visibility and allowing indexing on dedicated sites such as Scopus. In 2020, the instructions to authors have been updated in this regard (title and abstract in English) and an English version of the website presenting the Journal aim and author guide was created in 2022.

Anna Bencsik