University of Bordeaux, France
Catherine Bennetau-Pelissero is a Professor at the Bordeaux University. She showed the endocrine disruption properties of soy in fish in the 1990s. She explained the difference of sensitivity existing between the two species by a difference in gut and liver metabolism allowing a better bioavailability of isoflavones in sturgeon. She has published a screening test for estrogens retained by the OECD. She developed highly specific and sensitive immunological assays for phytoestrogens to assess both their dietary concentrations and their bioavailability in animal and in human biological fluids. She was recognized as an Expert of the Phytoestrogen Properties by the French Safety Authorities since 1996.