Scientific Letter - April 2012

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

April 2012

Southeast France Events To Know Picture


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Dear Friends,

This month in sciences, a lot happened!
Scientists at the University of Miami have developed a revolutionary technique to provide critical oxygen to insulin-producing cells after transplantation, assuring their long-term survival and inching closer to a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Whereas the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a contract from SAIC-Frederick, Inc. to develop potential drug leads for treating renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.

During the month of April, Emory University will also host the Tuberculosis International Conference (April 13-14). If you want more information, click here.

After more than one year at the Consulate in Atlanta, I wish our readers and partners "au revoir", as I will leave the Consulate this month. It has been a pleasure to serve you. I will move on new horizons back in France. :)

Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences


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Scientific news from the Southeast USA

- HIV/AIDS vaccine shows long-term protection against multiple exposures in nonhuman primates, Emory University (GA), 03/09/2012. GIF
An Atlanta research collaboration may be one step closer to finding a vaccine that will provide long-lasting protection against repeated exposures to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Scientists at Emory University and GeoVax Labs, Inc. developed a vaccine that has protected nonhuman primates against multiple exposures to simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) given in three clusters over more than three years.
>> Learn more

- Discovery Could Reduce Chemotherapy’s Side Effects, Duke University (NC), 03/11/2012. GIF
A team of researchers at Duke University has determined the structure of a key molecule that can carry chemotherapy and anti-viral drugs into cells, which could help to create more effective drugs with fewer effects to healthy tissue.
>> Learn more

- Mouse model for autism yields clues to a 50-year-old mystery, Vanderbilt University (TN), 03/20/2012. GIF
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is one of 33 universities across the nation selected by NASA to fly a small satellite aboard rockets scheduled to launch in 2013 and 2014.
>> Learn more

- Emory celebrates top biotech innovations , Emory University (GA), 03/20/2012. GIF
The sixth annual Celebration of Technology and Innovation recently honored Emory scientists, entrepreneurs, and the Technology Transfer Office for inventions and expertise at guiding technologies into the marketplace.
>> Learn more

- High school students turn blackberries into solar cells, Vanderbilt University (TN), 03/21/2012. GIF
How can you squeeze electricity from a blackberry?

A number of local high school students can answer this question from personal experience. They have actually made solar cells out of blackberry juice and measured the electrical power that they produce as part of an educational outreach program started this year by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)
>> Learn more

Researchers help assess economic impact of nanotechnology on green & sustainable growth
, Georgia Tech (GA), 03/27/2012. GIF
In the United States alone, government and private industry together invest more than $3 billion per year in nanotechnology research and development, and globally the total is much higher. What will be the long-run economic returns from these investments, not only in new jobs and product sales, but also from improvements in sustainability?
>> Learn more


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Scientific news from France

- How does cannabis affect working memory? also available in French, INSERM, 03/02/2012. GIF GIF
A deterioration of working memory is observed in people who consume drugs containing cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis leaves and buds. A team led by Giovanni Marsicano, Supervisor of Inserm Research Unit 862 (Magendie Neurocentre, University of Bordeaux), in collaboration with a team led by Xia Zhang (University of Ottawa, Canada), has recently identified the mechanism by which these substances affect working memory.
>> Learn more

- Launch of "Health in Questions”, a new series of public conferences providing a fresh debate into health issues between the general public, civil society and scientists, INSERM, 03/06/2012. GIF
With a view to strengthening dialogue into “science and society", Inserm, in partnership with Universcience (1) and players from regional scientific and technical sectors, has launched “Health in questions”, a series of public conferences.
>> Learn more

- Artificial comet contains building blocks of life also available in French, CNRS, 03/12/2012. GIF GIF
The first molecules of life form naturally in comets, reveals a French-German study led by Uwe Meierhenrich and Cornelia Meinert at the Institut de Chimie de Nice (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis/CNRS) and by Louis Le Sergeant d’Hendecourt at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (CNRS/Université Paris-Sud).
>> Learn more

- New generation of flexible graphene transistors also available in French, CNRS, 03/14/2011. GIF GIF
Making electronic components using graphene, a material composed of a single layer of carbon atoms, is one of today’s major technological challenges. Researchers hope to harness the outstanding electron mobility of graphene and also use the material to design low-cost, flexible electronics.
>> Learn more

- Proteins shine a brighter light on cellular processes also available in French, CNRS, 03/20/2012. GIF GIF
Scientists have designed a molecule which, in living cells, emits turquoise light three times brighter than possible until recently. This improves the sensitivity of cellular imaging, a technique where biological processes inside a living organism are imaged at high resolution.
>> Learn more


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Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
- April, 20th, 10am-3pm
’Georgia Tech’s 15th Annual Earth Day Celebration!’
- April, 21st, 1-2pm, Michael Chorost
’Inventing the Future 2012: A One-Day Invention Seminar’
- April, 26th, 11am-12pm, DeChaine
’Climatic Variability: The Driver of Diversification, Endemism, and Rarity in Tundra Plants’

Emory University (Atlanta)
- April, 2nd, 8.30am-6pm
’4th Annual Georgia Nanotechnology & Infectious Disease Symposium’
- April, 4th, 5.30pm, Rana Hajjeh
’Life in the Fast Lane:What it Takes to Facilitate Accelerated Vaccine Introduction in Developing Countries when Scientists are from Venus and Policy Makers are from Mars …Lessons from the Hib Initiative’
- April, 11th, 12-6.30pm,
’Healthcare Innovation Symposium II:
Health Policy & The Future Physician’


University of Miami
- April, 26th, 3pm, Alex Wild
’Using Photography and Social Media to Promote Biodiversity’

University of Central Florida
- April 3rd, 8.30am-5pm
’9th Annual HIV Symposium: “Treatment as Prevention: Controlling the AIDS Epidemic Through Antiretroviral Therapy”’
- April 24th, 12pm
’Dermatology Close Up: Melanoma and Other Neoplasms of the Skin’

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- April, 10th, 4pm, Meng Chen
’Phytochrome Nuclear Bodies and Light Signaling in Plants’

- April, 17th, 4-5pm, Jeremy Purvis
’p53 Signaling Dynamics Encode Cell Fate Decisions’

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


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Georgia Tech’s Earth Day Celebration

The goal of Georgia Tech’s Earth Day Celebration is to focus attention on the environment and increase people’s awareness of the world around them. The event is free, open to the public and features 70 exhibitors, eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange, live music, and organic popcorn. This is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the southeast. Join us as we celebrate with a purpose!
Friday, April 20 (10am - 3pm) on Tech Walk
>>Learn more GIF

Inventing the Future 2012: a one-day invention seminar

Inventing the Future 2012 is a one-day invention seminar covering the America Invent Act, provisional patent applications, technology commercialization and other related topics on Saturday, April 21 in the Clough Commons Auditoria.

Experts from USPTO, Georgia Tech, Inventors Association of Georgia, and local groups will help attendees understand the new patent law, tips for filing a patent, and offer ideas on how to move your invention.
>>Learn more GIF

Healthcare Innovation Symposium II: Health Policy & The Future Physician

The second in a series of quarterly symposia sponsored by the Emory-GaTech Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) and the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) will be held on April 11, 2012. James L. Madara, MD will be the featured speaker.

>>Learn more GIF


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Earth Day

Sunday April 22 is Earth Day, check out what is happening in your city to help the environment!

In Atlanta, there are few possibilities:
- Georgia Tech’s 15th Annual Earth Day Celebration!
- Earth Day on the Atlanta BeltLine
- EarthShare of Georgia

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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