After finishing his degree in zoology (1971), Jacques Balthazart immediately became interested in the subject that was to mark out his entire career as a researcher: the endocrinology of behaviour. His work, which is focused on the control of reproductive behaviour, is almost exclusively based on avian models.
Jacques Balthazart was head of the Behavioural Neuroendocrinology Research Group at the University of Liège until September 2014 when he was awarded emeritus status but he currently continues his scientific activity within this group. Jacques Balthazart is the author of more than 450 scientific articles and reviews that have been cited more than 18,000 times. In 1983, he created, at the European level, a cycle of conferences on the theme of Hormones, brain and behaviour, and has directed the publication of their proceedings. He was also elected president, from 2003 to 2005, of the Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology. He is a member of the editorial board of several international journals and was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the review Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology from 2006 until 2016. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2015, section Biological Sciences.