MOU facilitates Tennessee-French scientific exchanges [fr]
The University of Montpellier and Vanderbilt University solidified their long-standing cooperation with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2015.
University and scientific cooperation between France and the U.S. Southeast continue to develop with, most recently, the University of Montpellier and the Vanderbilt University formalizing their academic cooperation with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
In June 2015, representatives from the two schools formalized the academic relationship following more than ten years of France-USA scientific collaboration led, in part, by retired CNRS scientist and visiting scholar in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Joseph Parello, who was recognized by the French government in 2013 for his contributions to France with the prestigious Legion of Honor medal.
The MOU will facilitate staff exchanges such as visiting faculty programs, joint research programs, as well as student and cultural exchange programs.
“We are extremely pleased with the strong relationship that Dr. Parello has helped establish between the two institutions and we wish tthem the very best success as they continue to expand their scope of cooperation,” said Consul General Denis Barbet.
According to Dr. Parello the agreement will only reinforce the strong momentum of establishing international cooperation. For example, last year, a patent by American and French scientists for an anti-cancer drug was filed and approved by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. Other works within the framework of a French-American consortium are currently in the works for 2016.