Scientific Letter - November 2011

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

November 2011

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Dear Friends,
In November, the General Consulate of France is still working on "France-Atlanta 2011".
In the program, not less than four scientific symposia were planned and only two are left:

- Translational Treatments: Advances in Renal Transplantation that will take place at Emory University on Thursday, November 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

- Geriatric Nephrology in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities that will take place at Emory University on Monday, November 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You will find more details on the France-Atlanta 2011 website.

- The PUF and the Chateaubriand Fellowship are now opened! The PUF aims to support innovative and sustainable partnerships between French and US institutions of research and higher education. Master’s degree, PhD and post PhD students may be interested in this program.
The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant that allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months.

- On the other hand, Georgia Tech and Shepherd Center have been awarded a $4.75 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) for research and development of wireless technologies aimed at enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.

- A student at Vanderbilt University received NSF career development award responding to the following question "What happens when you attach DNA and other biomolecules to tiny molecular tubes called nanotubes?"

- Also, a rare, two-headed albino milk snake was recently born of the University of Central Florida.

- Elixir of youth found - almost: french researchers from the University of Montpellier were able to successfully transform cells from patients as old as 100 into stem cells virtually identical to those found in embryos.

If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences


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Scientific news from the Southeast USA

- Physicists turn liquid into solid using an electric field, Georgia Tech, 10/10/2011. GIF
Physicists have predicted that under the influence of sufficiently high electric fields, liquid droplets of certain materials will undergo solidification, forming crystallites at temperature and pressure conditions that correspond to liquid droplets at field-free conditions. This electric-field-induced phase transformation is termed electrocrystallization.
>> Learn more

- FDA Grant Launches Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium, Emory University, 10/12/2011. GIF
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded the Georgia Institute of Technology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University and Saint Joseph’s Translational Research Institute (SJTRI) a two-year, $1.8 million grant to foster the development of medical devices focused on the special needs of children.
>> Learn more

- "Junk DNA" Defines Differences Between Humans and Chimps, Georgia Tech, 10/25/2011. GIF
For years, scientists believed the vast phenotypic differences between humans and chimpanzees would be easily explained – the two species must have significantly different genetic makeups. However, when their genomes were later sequenced, researchers were surprised to learn that the DNA sequences of human and chimpanzee genes are nearly identical. What then is responsible for the many morphological and behavioral differences between the two species?
>> Learn more

- Going DEEP in the Genome, Duke University, 10/26/2011. GIF
Duke has a growing number of researchers looking into how genes are played differently from one organism to the next, based not on the spelling of their genes, but on cues their mothers gave them. The field is called epigenetics – epi meaning above or beyond the genes.
A Wednesday morning symposium kicked off the existence of DEEP, the Duke Epigenetics and Epigenomics Program and introduced more than 140 members of the campus community to some of our leading researchers in epigenomics, the broad-based search for epigenetic changes.
>> Learn more

- Protein family key to aging linked to suppressing tumors, Emory University, 10/28/2011. GIF
The list of aging-associated proteins known to be involved in cancer is growing longer, according to research by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health.

The new study, published Oct. 17 in Cancer Cell, identifies the protein SIRT2 as a tumor suppressor linked to gender-specific tumor development in mice.
>> Learn more


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Scientific news from France

- CNRS senior researcher Jules Hoffmann awarded 2011 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine also available in French, CNRS, 10/03/2011. GIF GIF
The 2011 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to Jules Hoffmann, a French citizen native of Luxembourg, CNRS senior researcher emeritus and professor at the university of Strasbourg, jointly with Bruce A. Beutler for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.
>> Learn more

- Sarcopenic Obesity: SARCOB Project Developing Prevention Products, also available in French, BE, 10/07/2011. GIF GIF
So-called ’sarcopenic’ obesity is a pathology affecting growing numbers of obese older adults. It is characterized by an accelerated loss of muscular mass and force leading to very crippling decline in mobility. In France, the prevalence of obesity in people over 65 is about 18%.
>> Learn more

- The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People!, also available in French, BE, 10/07/2011. GIF GIF
Feeding 9 billion people will probably be humanity’s major challenge for the next forty years. By 2050, when 9 billion human beings will be living on Earth, a growing amount of food meeting demanding quality standards and improved environmental standards will have to be produced.
>> Learn more

- Steps towards a safer vaccination for Alzheimer’s disease also available in French, INSERM, 10/10/2011. GIF GIF
Genetic factors influence the immune response to vaccinations for Alzheimer’s disease, which are among the most promising avenues of treatment for the illness. Using a mice model, these factors were studied by a team led by Professor Pierre Aucouturier at the Immune System and Conformational Disorders Laboratory (Inserm/UPMC) in the Hôpital Saint-Antoine.
>> Learn more

- Steps towards the use of adult stem cells (iPS) for gene therapy, also available in French, INSERM & Institut Pasteur, 10/13/2011. GIF GIF
As part of a project conducted by teams from the University of Cambridge and the Sanger Institute, with collaboration from a team from the Institut Pasteur and Inserm, researchers have demonstrated for the first time that adult stem cells (known as iPS), produced using cells from patients with liver disease, may be genetically corrected before being differentiated to hepatic cells and contributing to liver regeneration in an animal model.
>> Learn more

- Elixir of youth found - almost, Montpellier University, 10/31/2011. GIF
Scientists said on Tuesday they had transformed age-worn cells in people over 90 - including a centenarian - into rejuvenated stem cells that were "indistinguishable" from those found in embryos.
The technical feat, reported in the peer-reviewed journal Genes & Development, opens a new path toward regenerative medicine, especially for the elderly, the researchers said.
>> Learn more


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France Atlanta 2011

Translational Treatments: Advances in Renal Transplantation
- Where : The Dobbs University Center (DUC), Emory University, 605 Asbury Circle, Winship Ballroom – 3rd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30322.
- When : Thursday, November 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Emory Transplant Center at Emory University will host French and American immunologists and transplant physicians who will address critical topics on the care of renal transplant patients. Distinguished research scholars, such as Dr. Christophe Legendre (Necker Hospital), Dr. Lionel Rostaing (Rangueil-Toulouse Hospital), Dr. Jean-Paul Soulillou (Nantes Hospital), Dr. Antonio Guasch and Dr. Thomas Pearson (Emory School of Medicine), will give presentations, share ideas, and exchange best practices in the diagnosis and management of patients.

Geriatric Nephrology in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
- Where : Klamon Room (CNR 8030), Rollins Building, Rollins School of Public Health Claudia Nance, Emory University 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30322.
- When : Monday, November 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Emory University School of Medicine will host French and American experts who will discuss geriatric nephrology. On-patient demographics and risk factors for development of chronic kidney disease in elderly patients, disparities in access to the renal transplant waiting list, transplant outcomes, and options for renal replacement therapies and dialysis vascular access will be some of the many issues addressed. Dr. Bénédicte Stengel (INSERM), Dr. Christian Jacquelinet (France Biomedical Agency), Dr. William McClellan and Dr. Monnie Wasse (Emory University) are among the many participants.


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The Partner Fund University (PUF) program and Chateaubriand Fellowship are opened

PUF launched 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.
To have more information or to apply, click here

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months.
The STEM fellowship program and the HSS fellowship program have different modes of selection but they are both highly prestigious and merit-based.
Chateaubriand recipients receive a stipend, a round trip ticket to France and health insurance.
To have more information or to apply, click here
>>Learn more on the PUF and in French GIF GIF
>>Learn more on the Chateaubriand Fellowship

Register now for the 2011 FAID seminar focusing on Innovation for health

Entitled "Science and Innovation: The Challenges of Translational Breakthroughs", the
seminar will also give the opportunity to PhD to introduce their innovative projects to the
scientific community and experts by presenting a poster. One laureate will be offered a round-
trip ticket to France to identify prospective scientific partners capable to speed up its own

The 2011 FAID be held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical
School from 8.30 am to 6pm. No admission fee is charged to the participants, but registration is mandatory. Register & find more information about the seminar and the application for the poster
presentation on the 2011 FAID website

Contact information : Lisa Treglia,
>>Learn more GIF

The October issue of CNRS International Magazine is now available

This quaterly magazine is available online and free to receive it in your mailbox.
From climate change and pollution to population growth, loss of biodiversity, and growing scarcity of natural resources, the Mediterranean Basin is under considerable pressure. CNRS International Magazine focuses on this region and the challenges it faces.

Other features include research on the Great Green Wall of Africa, recent reports on howisotopic analysis can help reconstitute both historical events and the genesis of our universe, as well as an overview of the scientific evolution in the South Caucasus.
>>Learn more GIF

What is the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (Aviesan)?

Set up in April 2009, the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (Aviesan) groups together the main stakeholders of life and health sciences in France.
The members are CEA, CHRU, CNRS, CPU, INRA, INRIA, INSERM, Institut Pasteur and IRD.
The actions initiated by Aviesan are part of a scientific and operational coordination objective between French research stakeholders of life and health sciences.
The actions and initiatives of the French National Alliance for Life and Health Sciences (Aviesan) respond to two key objectives aimed at stepping up national coordination between its participants, operators, funding agencies and industries.
>>Learn more and in French GIF GIF


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November is American Diabetes Month: County-level Estimates of Diagnostic Diabetes among adults aged > 20 years in 2008

Credit: CDC

With nearly 26 million children and adults in America living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country. Yet, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem.

Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a desperate situation of where we are at, and where we are headed:

Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

Become Involved in American Diabetes Month® 2011

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to rally individuals, communities and families to Join the MillionsSM in the movement to Stop Diabetes®. This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking individuals to take a pledge and raise their hand to Stop Diabetes. Public can take action by taking the American Diabetes Month pledge on Facebook. You can also attend an American Diabetes Month event in your area.

More details on American Diabetes Association’s website

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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