Scientific Letter - January 2012

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

January 2012

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Dear Friends,

The Consulate Generate’s team is joining me to wish you a Happy New Year 2012!!

- Let’s hope that the scientific discoveries in 2012 will help us fighting many diseases like AIDS, cancers, malaria and others.
- Maybe astronomers will discover an exoplanet with life on it.
- Were the Mayans right about the end of the world? We will have the answer at the end of the year.
- What is a pineberry? You will be eating some in 2012!
- Nanotechnology, renewable energies and telemedicine will also be at the center of the 2012 inventions!

The European Commission has presented a package of measures to promote research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe. The"Horizon 2020" program will amount to €80 billion.

The ranking of the most innovative cities in the world in 2011, conducted by the Australian company "2thinknow", the first global agency of analysis on innovation, puts Paris and Lyon in the top 10 of world’s most innovative cities in 2011. Lyon is placed at 8th position in the world ranking and 5th in Europe.

The industry’s first comprehensive, global life sciences cluster reportwhich examines location strategy as life sciences companies seek to balance operations among the three global regions and strive for efficiency, revenue and margin opportunities is available here.

Have a good reading!

Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences


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Scientific news from the Southeast USA

- 2011 In Review, Georgia Tech (GA), December 2011. GIF
2011 has been a year of milestones and accomplishments for Georgia Tech. Enjoy taking a look back at some of the highlights.
>> Learn more

The Top 10 stories of 2011
, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC), December 2011. GIF
As we approach 2012, take a look back at the top 10 stories from UNC Health Care this year based on visits to our newsroom.
>> Learn more

- Emory Researchers Use iPhone 4 for Remote Assessment of Stroke, Emory University (GA), 12/09/2011. GIF
Using two-way video on the iPhone 4 could help doctors assess the severity of a patient’s stroke symptoms, according to an Emory University study recently published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.
“This is the first study to demonstrate reliable stroke assessment using the iPhone 4,” says principal investigator Eric R. Anderson MD, PhD, a third-year neurology resident at Emory University School of Medicine.
>> Learn more

- New schizophrenia drug candidates entering prep for first-in-human testing , Vanderbilt University (TN), 12/15/2011. GIF
The Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery announced Dec. 15 that new drug candidates for schizophrenia generated from its ongoing collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceutica, Nev., are now entering the stage of preparation for first-in-human clinical testing.
“This is a major step forward in the evaluation of this approach as a potential treatment for major psychiatric diseases. It could lead to a fundamental advance in the treatment of schizophrenia,” said P. Jeffrey Conn, co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery.
>> Learn more

- UNC HIV prevention research named scientific breakthrough of the year, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC), 12/22/2011. GIF
The HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 study, led by Myron S. Cohen, MD of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science.
>> Learn more


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Scientific news from France

- Eight Priorities for Giving New Impetus to Innovation in Francealso available in French, e-Tech France, 12/13/2011. GIF GIF
"If current trends continue, within the next 10 to 20 years, the West (and specifically Europe) may forfeit its role as scientific and technological leader, losing out to Asia that will become the main base for innovation and R&D. For France, since 2003, the innovation deficit has translated into ongoing trade deficit amounting to 50 billion euros on average per year over the past four years."
>> Learn more

- The “silent” noise of bacterial genes… , INRA, AgroParisTech, CNRS, INSERM, University of Montpellier, 12/22/2011. GIF
Research scientists have succeeded in observing the expression of bacterial genes with an unprecedented accuracy. Using fluorescence-based techniques and microscopy, the scientists were able to count the number of synthesized proteins to within one molecule, and within each individual bacteria of a population. By observing an early stage in the gene expression, they also succeeded in associating the fluctuations in gene expression from one cell to another with the molecular mechanisms regulating the activity of the genes being studied.
>> Learn more

- A single abnormality is the cause of all three main facets of dyslexia also available in French, INSERM, CNRS, 12/22/2011. GIF GIF
Research scientists from Inserm and CNRS have just demonstrated that one single abnormality in a precise region of the brain - the auditory cortex - might be the cause of the three main facets of dyslexia: difficulty in mentally handling the sounds of words; short-term memorization difficulties (for example, the inability to repeat a list of words), and a poor ability to rapidly name series of images.
>> Learn more

- Record-breaking exoplanets also available in French, IRAP, CNRS - Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, 12/22/2011. GIF GIF
RAn international team led by a CNRS researcher from the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie has discovered the ruins of a planetary system, consisting of the cores of two former giant planets stripped of their gaseous envelopes, orbiting around the remnants of the core of a red giant. These two exoplanets are the smallest, hottest and closest to their parent star ever discovered.
>> Learn more

- Learning more about chromosome fragility , CNRS/Inserm/University of Strasbourg, 12/26/2011. GIF
Why are some chromosomal regions particularly susceptible to breakage? Finding the answer to this question is crucial because this fragility is a factor in tumour development. A team from the Institute of Genetics and Molecular & Cellular Biology (CNRS/Inserm/University of Strasbourg) has just solved part of the mystery.
>> Learn more


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Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
- January, 17th, 11-12am, Paul Krebsbach
’Pluripotent stem cells: Opening another avenue for craniofacial regeneration’

Emory University (Atlanta)
- January, 11th, 6pm, Corrie Brown
’Two Down, Hundreds to Go:
The Sordid Life and Unlamented Death of Rinderpest
(the 2nd ever disease to be eradicated from the planet through vaccines)’

The University of Georgia
- January, 23rd, 3.30pm, Juli Feigon
’The architecture of telomerase RNA’
- January, 25th, 4pm, Greg Wray
’Robustness and evolvability of a developmental gene regulatory network ’


University of Florida, Gainesville
- January, 13th, 11.45am- 12.45pm, Mariana Kawaguchi
’Targeted Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis C Virus’

Florida State University
- January, 26th, 4-5pm, Cameron K. Ghalambor
’Does phenotypic plasticity facilitate or constrain adaptive evolution?’

North Carolina

Duke University
- January, 17th, 12:30-1:30pm, Jan Skotheim
’Cell cycle dynamics’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- January, 24th, 4pm, Marc Van Gilst
’The Molecular Economics of Growth, Reproduction, and Aging’

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


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INSERM is recruting 119 researchers for 2012

Inserm, the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, is a public
scientific and technological organization overseen jointly by the French
Ministries of Research and Health.
The 2012 calendar for applications for research associate and director of research positions is as follows:
- Application forms available: December 12th, 2011
- Deadline for submission of applications: January 12th, 2012
- Pre-selection, admissibility review (interviews), admission board.
- Acceptance: from October 1th, 2012
>>Learn more GIF

CNRS is recruting 330 permanent researchers for 2012

These positionsare opened in all scientific fields: life sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences and sustainable development, humanities and social sciences, information technology, engineering, physics, mathematics and nuclear and particle physics.

Registration deadline: January 5th, 2012.

>>Learn more GIF

Future Inserm Workshops schedule

Seven Inserm Workshops have been scheduled through to the end of 2012. The theory phase will take place over 2.5 days and the practical phase will last 2 to 5 days. The number of places is limited to 80 people. To see the list, please click here.

>>Learn more GIF


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Endeavour Shuttle Seen From Plane

Photograph courtesy Lorrie LeBlanc

The space shuttleEndeavour bursts through cloud cover on its last journey into orbit in a photograph taken last week from a commercial airplane.

Shot by American Airlines pilot Lorrie LeBlanc with a cell phone at 37,000 feet (11,000 meters), the picture shows the shuttle as a fiery speck atop its exhaust column. LeBlanc’s airplane, en route from Miami to Montreal, was the closest to the shuttle when it launched about 40 miles (64 kilometers) away. "All the other planes wanted to talk to us, asking what we were seeing," LeBlanc said on her Facebook page.

Monday’s launch was Endeavour’s last. After it brings supplies—and a new cosmic ray detector—to the International Space Station, the shuttle will be retired, decontaminated, and sent for display in the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

National Geographic

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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