Scientific Letter - February 2012

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

February 2012

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Dear Friends,

In this month’s scientific letter, you will learn that the Carter Center is about to eradicate Guinea worm by 2015, the NGO just received $40 million in new donations.

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has also received $1.5 million to create online collaborative vehicle design capability.

In January, Georgia Tech has been selected as location for national University Transportation Center (UTC). Funded by a $3.5 million federal grant and an additional $3.5 million in matching funds from various state transportation departments, the UTC will bring together a consortium of universities in Georgia, Florida and Alabama including the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Florida International University and University of Central Florida.

Now that the ink has dried on the partnership agreement between Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph’s Health System, a major task ahead is transitioning Saint Joseph’s operating and clinical systems into Emory Healthcare’s.

Moreover, two emergency medicine physicians with wartime experience have developed a weapon against one rapidly lethal war injury. Dr. Schwartz, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University and Dr. Croushorn, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., hope their inflatable wedge-shaped bladder will make a lifesaving difference.

Have a good reading!

Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences


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Scientific news from the Southeast USA

- New Evolution, Duke University (NC), 01/03/2012. GIF
The first genomes to be sequenced revealed something surprising: On a genetic level, we’re not that different from other species—even some very distantly related ones. What makes us human and them not? Biologist Greg Wray is learning that it’s not the genes that matter—it’s the way they are used.
>> Learn more

- Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Promising Results For Unipolar and Bipolar Depression, Emory University (GA), 01/09/2012. GIF
A new study shows that deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a safe and effective intervention for treatment-resistant depression in patients with either unipolar major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar ll disorder (BP).
>> Learn more

- A Love Drug? Oxytocin Hormone Makes Mothers Kinder, Duke University& ABC News (NC), 01/11/2012. GIF
Sometimes it seems like what the world really needs is a love drug. But what if we could just produce it in our own brains, making humans more altruistic and interested in helping others, and paving the way for a new mother to give her baby the warm embrace it so desperately needs?
>> Learn more

- ‘Rules’ may govern genome evolution in young plant species , University of Florida (FL), 01/19/2012. GIF
A new University of Florida study shows a hybrid plant species may experience rapid genome evolution in predictable patterns, meaning evolution repeats itself in populations of independent origin.
>> Learn more

- Alcohol’s molecular mediators, Vanderbilt University (TN), 01/23/2012. GIF
Understanding how alcohol and drugs of abuse affect the brain’s neuronal connections is vital to developing treatments for alcohol and drug use disorders. Tiffany Wills, Ph.D., Danny Winder, Ph.D., and colleagues are probing alcohol’s effects in the BNST, a brain region involved in stress-induced relapse.
>> Learn more

- Researchers show how new viruses evolve, and in some cases, become deadly, Georgia Tech (GA), 01/26/2012. GIF
In the current issue of the journal Science, researchers at Michigan State University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin demonstrate how a new virus evolves, which sheds light on how easy it can be for diseases to gain dangerous mutations.
>> Learn more

- Cardiometabolic syndrome: France joins Emory’s work also available in French, Consulate of France, 01/31/2012. GIF GIF
In order to pursue efforts of the international scientific community in the fight against cardiometabolic syndrome, Emory University will host a CEO roundtable discussion on February 2 to develop a model of prevention against this syndrome for Georgia, which could ultimately inspire other States and countries. France will be represented by the scientific department of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.
>> Learn more


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Scientific news from France

- 1,280km in 24 Hours Aboard an Electric Car - World Record for the Liten CEA also available in French, e-Tech France, 01/04/2012. GIF GIF
From October 25 to 26 this year, an AX model electric car fitted with lithium iron phosphate batteries traveled a distance of 1,280 kilometers in 24 hours, enabling the CEA Liten to break a world record.
>> Learn more

- Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Pollen Allergies also available in French, e-Tech France, 01/04/2012. GIF GIF
Pollen allergies are a serious health problem as illustrated by the fact that in Europe, nearly 20% of children are affected. So, it is critical to understand how climate and environmental change impact pollen-related allergy diseases in Europe. This is why the Atopica (Atopic diseases in changing climate, land use and air quality) project was launched.
>> Learn more

- Inauguration of New Computational Mechanics OpenLab also available in French, e-Tech France, 12/22/2011. GIF GIF
The OpenLabs whose creation was spurred by automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën are joint research structures whose goal is to pool research teams and experimental resources serving innovation.
>> Learn more

- “Senior” runners never stop pushing their limits in marathons also available in French, INSERM, 01/12/2012. GIF GIF
Romauld Lepers and Thomas Cattagni, researchers from Inserm Unit 1093 “Cognition, Action and Sensorimotor Plasticity” at the Université de Bourgogone, have analysed changes in participation and performance of runners aged 20 to 80 in the New York marathon over the last 30 years. The results are largely unexpected: the best male marathon runners over 65 and the best female marathon runners over 45 have consistently improved their performance over the last 30 years.
>> Learn more

- 2012, French Autism Awareness Year also available in French, Consulate General of France, 01/18/2012. GIF GIF
On December 20, 2011, the French Prime Minister Francois Fillon awarded the label of 2012 national awareness cause to the collective of associations: Rally "Together for Autism" organized by the Autism Collective that gathers more than 200 parent associations and 800 facility manager associations. This label allows nonprofit organizations, wishing to organize campaigns and fundraising, to get free broadcasts on the radio and public television.
>> Learn more

- Grenoble Ecole de Management and the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business sign
, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France & Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, January 2012. GIF GIF
Grenoble Ecole de Management, France, has recently signed a new student exchange agreement with the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, USA. Both institutions are also currently looking into doing joint-research in the finance sector.
This new agreement gives Master students on both campuses the opportunity of studying one semester at the new partner campus, offering them a highly international experience as well as helping them to extend their international network.


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Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
- February, 2nd, 7 pm
’Public Night at the GT Observatory’

Emory University (Atlanta)
- February, 1st, 6pm, Eduardo Franco
’Building a Better/Cheaper/More Efficient Mousetrap: The Need for a Paradigm Change in Screening in the HPV Vaccine Era’
- February, 3rd, 12-1pm, Ami Klin
’Frontiers in Neuroscience’
- February, 15th, 3-4 pm, Douglas Osheroff, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Physics
’How Advances in Science Are Made’

The University of Georgia
- February, 22nd, 4pm, Laura Reed
’Systems biology of genotype-by-diet interactions underlying metabolic syndrome in Drosophila’
- February, 29th, 4pm, Manuel Lerdau
’Methanol metabolism in plants: the more we know the less we understand ’


University of Florida, Gainesville
- February, 9th, all day
’17th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease’
- February, 23rd, all day
’Emerging Pathogens Institute Research Day’

University of Miami
- February 2nd, 7:30am, to February 4th
’Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to Host 50th Anniversary Scientific Meeting’
- February 3rd, noon- 1pm, Jeffrey Brosco
’Topics in Research and Clinical Ethics: Should an Intellectual Disability Affect Participation in Research/Clinical Decision Making?’
- February 22nd, 9:30am, to February 25th
’38th Annual Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum’
- February 26th to February 29th
’45th Miami Winter Symposium: "Nanotechnology in Biomedicine’

North Carolina

North Carolina State University
- February, 2nd, 3:30pm, David Pfenning
’Polyphenism and the origins of diversity’

- February, 23rd, 3:30pm, Scott Ensign
’Water quality and trophic dynamics of the Chowan River, North Carolina: A 30 year retrospective’

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


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Summer university in France

In July 2012, the Ecole des Mines de St-Etienne and the Ecole des Mines de Nancy two prestigious French « Grandes Ecoles d’Ingénieurs » are opening a new and innovative summer school program in « Design and engineering », taught in English.
This short program is open to international students with bachelor-level scientific skills, level Bachelor Degree. All scientific courses will be taught in English. The program includes French classes too and cultural activities.
This summer school is very special because it is organized in 3 French towns: Paris, Nancy and St-Etienne.
For your students it is an opportunity ….
- To study in France in 3 cities
- To discover French culture and way of life
- To develop knowledge in scientific fields
>>Download the poster GIF
>>Download the brochure GIF

CNRS International Magazine - January 2012, Forests under Threat

Forests not only provide extraordinary resources, they are also home to an exceptional biodiversity, and play a key role in regulating the world’s climate. The January issue of CNRS International Magazine reviews the state of forests worldwide, and the research work performed to protect them.
Also in this issue, a portrait of biologist Jules Hoffmann, whose carrier was crowned with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine; an overview of the new-generation rover Curiosity, heading for Mars; and the latest progress in medical imaging.
>>Learn more GIF

19th European Congress on Obesity

The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the Association Francaise d’Etudes et de Recherches sur l’Obesité (AFERO) are delighted to invite to you attend the 19th European Congress on Obesity (ECO2012), which will take place in Lyon, France from 9-12 May 2012. We are delighted that EASO has chosen Lyon as the ECO host city in 2012 and outline some of the reasons why you should attend ECO2012.
Participating in ECO2012 will enhance your knowledge and give you the opportunity to learn from leading European and global experts in this and related fields. The ECO2012 scientific programme features invited presentations in the form of Plenary Lectures, Review Sessions and Expert Workshops.

>>Learn more GIF


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Edited by Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences, designed by Clémentine Bernon, Deputy Cultural Attaché
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