Jean-Michel Macron is a neurologist who has published several studies about the sneezing of cats. His son is the current president of France.
Among Macron’s cat-sneeze studies:
- Macron on Cat Sneezing (1991) — “Trigeminal afferences implied in the triggering or inhibition of sneezing in cats,” Fabrice Wallois, Jean Michel Macron, Vincent Jounieaux, and Bernard Duron, Neuroscience Letters, vol. 122, no. 2, 1991, pp. 145-147.
- Macron on Cat Sneezing (1993) — “The sneeze: maturation of the reflex in kittens,” Fabrice Wallois, Jean-Michel Macron, Nicole Larnicol, and Dominique Rose, Neuroreport, vol. 4, no. 3, 1993, pp. 240-242. The authors report: “This is the first study to compare the influence of nasal afferent stimulation on inspiratory and expiratory muscle activity during sneezing, in kittens and adult cats.”
- Macron on Cat Sneezing (1994) — “Influence of vagal afferents in the sneeze reflex in cats,” Jean-Michel Macron, Fabrice Wallois, and Bernard Duron, Neuroscience Letters, vol. 177, no. 1, 1994, pp. 79-82.
- Macron on Cat Sneezing (1995) — “Activities of vagal receptors in the different phases of sneeze in cats,” Fabrice Wallois, Jean-Michel Macron, and Bernard Duron, Respiration Physiology, vol. 101, no. 3, 1995, pp. 239-255.
Here’s graphical data pertaining to a sneeze, from the 1994 paper:
For most of his career, Macron has been based at the Université de Picardie Jules-Verne. The Huffington Post published a report about Macron’s scientific exploits, including some of the cat sneeze research. We were unable to learn from that or any other source how many cats Macron owns at present, or whether he has any notable degree of allergy to cats.