Scientific Letter - December 2011

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

December 2011

Southeast France Events To Know Picture


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Dear Friends,

France-Atlanta 2011 is already over, we had a great time and the four scientific events allowed durable partnerships between the american and french sides:

About 150 French and American experts in the domains of kidney transplantation and elderly renal disease gathered to participate in a series of one-day symposia respectively entitled “ Translational Treatments: Advances in Renal
,” and “ Geriatric Nephrology in the 21st Century:
Challenges and Opportunities
,” which took place at Emory University.

From these two symposia, new grounds of cooperation between France and Atlanta were found: the best researchers in regards with kidney transplantation from Emory, Necker, Nantes and Toulouse shared their expertise and decided to organize a follow-up symposium in Nantes, in 2012. Also, a PhD student at Emory University will benefit from a fellowship to work in a French research laboratory.

On October 28, world-renowned researchers from the French National
Research Center
, the National Science Foundation, Georgia Tech and the 2007 Nobel Prize of Physics, Albert Fert, met to discuss the future of graphene, a new superconductor to revolutionize the electronic sector. A new structured French-American research team in this domain has been established as a result of this workshop.

Also, Georgia Tech hosted a conference on the future of French-American cooperation in higher education and R&D in the presence of French Ambassador François Delattre and Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. During this conference, a public/private approach to speed up technology transfers was discussed, that could be tested within the framework of the new Lafayette Institute , to open on Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus in 2013.
“The visit of Toulouse Mayor Pierre Cohen, at the head of a large delegation, brings also new perspective of cooperation between the two sister cities, especially in the domain of cancer and cardiology research, as well as the fight against obesity” declared Consul General Pascal Le Deunff.

[Original text from Claire Collobert, Press Attaché at the Consulate General of France]

The entire team of the French Consulate wishes to extend a warm holiday greeting to all of you!

Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences


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Scientific news from the Southeast USA

- Emory Conference Prompts Launch of Global Coalition to Combat Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome, Emory University (GA), 11/03/2011. GIF
Public health officials and medical experts from around the world are announcing the formation of the Global Coalition to Combat Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome. The need for the group was established at a recent summit hosted by The Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University to address the rising global epidemic of cardio-metabolic syndrome.
>> Learn more

- Transmission of HIV: Scientists Spotlight Virus That Starts Infection, Emory University (GA), 11/07/2011. GIF
When HIV is transmitted from one person to another, the virus faces a genetic "bottleneck." This means that usually during heterosexual transmission, only one virus out of a swarm of frequently mutating viruses establishes the new infection.

Now Emory Vaccine Center researchers have shown that the virus that starts an individual’s new infection differs markedly from the dominant strains in his or her partner’s genital tract.
>> Learn more

- Auburn breaks ground on Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce, Auburn University (AL), 11/18/2011. GIF
Construction will begin soon on a $28.8 million science center designed to foster multidisciplinary research collaborations across the Auburn University campus that will generate new knowledge and technology to benefit Alabama.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the 84,000-square-foot Auburn University Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce, or CASIC, were held Friday, Nov. 18, at the Auburn Technology Park. The CASIC building is being funded by a $14.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and matching dollars supplied by the state of Alabama along with support from Auburn University and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
>> Learn more

- Georgia Tech and France Plan the Future of Graphene, Georgia Tech (GA), 11/18/2011. GIF
For the second year in a row, Georgia Tech has partnered with the Consulate General of France for a series of talks, entitled “France-Atlanta 2011 – Together Toward Innovation.” The discussions explore the fields of science, art, humanitarian work, economics, architecture and nuclear energy.
>> Learn more

- The schooner Tara will call at Savannah on January 20-26, 2012 also available in French, Consulate General of France in Atlanta, 11/29/2011. GIF GIF
The research schooner Tara, which provides samples and data to the scientific community worldwide to learn more about the impact of climate change on ecosystems, will call at Savannah Port (Georgia) on January 20-26, 2012. This call is part of an ambitious project entitled Tara Oceans.
?Tara Oceans is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton, a form of sea life that includes organisms as small as viruses and bacteria, and as big as medusas.
>> Learn more


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Scientific news from France

- Why is the measles virus so contagious? , INSERM, 11/02/2011. GIF
An international collaboration involving Inserm (Inserm Unit 891 “Marseille Cancer Research Centre”) has revealed how the measles virus leaves the body of an infected person to contaminate another individual. The researchers have identified a key receptor, located in the trachea, which allows the virus to spread through the air rapidly from one organism to another.
>> Learn more

- Nobel Prize for Medicine to Jules Hoffmann, a ’Gentleman of Science’ also available in French, eTech France, 11/10/2011. GIF GIF
This September 22, CNRS announced that it was awarding its Gold Medal, France’s most prestigious scientific distinction, to Jules Hoffmann (the official ceremony will be held this December). A scant fortnight later, the Nobel Committee announced the three laureates for the 2011 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology, which included Jules Hoffmann. This is a first! Although since 1945 when the CNRS Gold Medal was created several laureates later received a Nobel in their field, Jules Hoffmann is the first scientist who received both the same year.
>> Learn more

- New revolutionary material can be worked like glass also available in French, CNRS, 11/16/2011. GIF GIF
A common feature of sailboards, aircraft and electronic circuits is that they all contain resins used for their lightness, strength and resistance. However, once cured, these resins can no longer be reshaped. Only certain inorganic compounds, including glass, offered this possibility until now. Combining such properties in a single material seemed impossible until a team led by Ludwik Leibler, CNRS researcher developed a new class of compounds capable of this remarkable feat.
>> Learn more

- 2011 Inserm Prizes: Honouring Perseverance, INSERM, 11/18/2011. GIF
The twelfth annual Inserm prizes will be awarded to seven researchers and research engineers at a ceremony to be held at the Collège de France on 6 December. We spotlight the winners of the Inserm Grand Prix, Prix International and the Prix d’honneur.
>> Learn more


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Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
- December, 1st, 2-3pm, Robert Braun
’The Role of NASA in the 21st Century’
- December, 8th, 11am-1pm, Harold W. Gegenheimer
’Lecture on Innovation’
- December, 13th, 9am-4pm
’3rd Annual Workshop for Magnetic Resonance at Georgia Tech’
- December, 14-16th
’2nd International Conference on Stem Cell Biomanufacturing’

Emory University (Atlanta)
- December, 2nd, 7am-6pm
’Seventh Annual Symposium on Predictive Health’
- December, 6th, 7am-8am, Assem Ziady
’Design of DNA Nanoparticles for Gene Delivery and the Study of the Antioxidant Response Element in CF’
- December, 7th, 6-7.45pm, James W. Curran and Harold W. Jaffe
’Lights! Camera! Re-Action! Views of the Early AIDS Epidemic from Atlanta and Hollywood’
- December, 8th, 12-1pm, Sriharsa Pradhan
’Methyl-phospho switch in DNA methyltransferase stability and epigenome maintenance’

The University of Georgia
- December, 2nd, 3.30pm, Michael B. Yaffe
’A Systems Biology Approach to DNA Damage Signaling: Molecules, Modules, Networks and Patients’


University of Miami
- December, 2nd, 8am- 5pm
’4th Annual Florida Tobacco Summit’
- December, 2nd, 12-1pm, Daniel Messinger
’First Fridays Talks on Autism: "Baby-Sibs, Early Signs and Early Intervention"’
- December, 16th, 12pm, Myles Wolf
’Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar: “Poverty, Diet, the Food Industry and Health Disparities in Kidney and Heart Disease”’

>> More details concerning these events and more events following this link.


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Applications are opened for the Partner University Fund (PUF)

PUFlaunched its first call for projects in September 2007 with the objective of supporting innovative and sustainable partnerships between French and US institutions of research and higher education. With close to 70 applications representing more than 130 French and American universities and research institutes, the results of the first call for project confirmed both the readiness of institutions across the Atlantic to build a new generation of partnerships, and the fitting of PUF as an innovative means for that purpose.
>>Learn more GIF

Applications are opened for the Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

The Chateaubriand Fellowship - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - is a grant offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States.
The application deadline is on February 1st 2012. Every year, it allows PhD students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in a French laboratory (public or private) for a 4 to 10 month period of time.

This program has two main goals:
- To allow American students to benefit from an experience in one of the best laboratories in France
- To develop scientific cooperation between France and the United States.

Chateaubriand recipients receive:Monthly allowance (1400 euros), travel support and health insurance abroad.

>>Learn more GIF

New report: The nation’s top 10 life sciences clusters

What’s the top life sciences market in the country? It’s Boston, according to a new study.

In what’s sure to spark debate and friendly competition among the nation’s life science hubs, real estate and financial services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) unveiled a report ranking the top life sciences clusters. Following Boston were New York/New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C./suburban Maryland.

Rounding out the top 10 were Philadelphia, San Diego, Minneapolis, Raleigh-Durham and Seattle.

Click here for a chart of the markets and how they ranked.

>>Learn more GIF


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Confocal micrograph of Bacillus subtilis

Credit: Fernan Federici & Jim Haseloff. Wellcome Images

Bacillus subtilis is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium, commonly found in soil. Fluorescent proteins (TagRFP-T, sfGFP, TagBFP, mKate2 and mOrange2), time-lapse confocal microscopy and biophysical models are being used to understand the organization of bacterial biofilms.

Edited by Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences, designed by Clémentine Bernon, Deputy Cultural Attaché
(c) Consulate General of France in Atlanta
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