Scientific Letter - May 2011

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

May 2011

Southeast France Events To Know Picture


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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the first edition of our scientific letter!

From now on, you’ll find a monthly edition of the letter on the website of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and on the website of the Embassy of France in the USA. You can also subscribe to it in order to receive it directly in your mailbox!
In this newsletter, we will cover various subjects including scientific discoveries of the month in the american southeast and in France, but also the major scientific events in the jurisdiction of the scientific service. We will also give you some good advice and tips you have to know in order to not miss a thing! Last but not least, because sciences are also a feast for the eyes, you will find a monthly picture to close the scientific letter.

As this is our first scientific letter, do not hesitate to send us your feedback!

We hope you’ll find this interesting, enjoy!

Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences


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Scientific news froms the Southeast USA

- Future of personalized cancer care is promising and near, University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL), 04/19/2011. GIF
Cancer survival rates could improve soon with whole-genome sequencing, according to two studies that describe the first clinical applications of the high-tech process in patients with cancer.
>> Learn more

- Scripps develops compound that effectively halts progression of multiple sclerosis, The Scripps Research Institute (FL), 04/18/2011. GIF
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have developed the first of a new class of highly selective compounds that effectively suppresses the severity of multiple sclerosis in animal models.
>> Learn more

- New Clue Found for Fragile X Syndrome-Epilepsy Link, Emory University (GA), 04/12/2011. GIF
Researchers have now discovered a potential mechanism that may contribute to the link between epilepsy and fragile X syndrome.
>> Learn more

- Scientists discover 657 new islands, Duke University and Meredith College (NC), 04/19/2011. GIF
Here’s something you don’t see every day – hundreds of new islands have been discovered around the world.
>> Learn more

- Video: How old is the universe?, Vanderbilt University (TN), 04/14/2011. GIF

- Les Pôles biomédicaux aux Etats-Unis : état des lieux, USA, 04/15/2011. GIF
Principal groupement industriel du secteur, l’association "BIO", a identifié en 2010 douze états américains spécialisés dans le domaine des biosciences (biopharmacie, appareillage médical/ diagnostic, etc.).
>> Learn more

- Reprise de l’emploi aux Etats-Unis : qu’en est-il pour les scientifiques et chercheurs?, USA, 04/08/2011. GIF
C’est une bonne nouvelle pour l’Administration Obama. Sans doute la première depuis des mois alors que la croissance continue d’être molle, que les déficits se creusent et que la menace de la dette se fait toujours plus grande : le taux de chômage de la population active est revenu à une moyenne de 8,8%.
>> Learn more

- Visit of Jean-Francois Clervoy, French Astronaut , also available in French, Atlanta, 04/27-29/2011. GIF GIF
It is with pleasure that we met Jean-François Clervoy during his trip to Atlanta from April, 27th to April, 29th, a French astronaut with international fame.
Jean-François Clervoy, who has received the Space Flight Medal three times and has twice received the Exceptional Service Medal from NASA, is the French astronaut who has traveled to space the most number of times, tied with his partner, Jean-Loup Chrétien.
>> Learn more


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Scientific news from France

- Les mutations silencieuses pourraient expliquer un certain nombre de maladies, Inserm, INRA, CNRS, 04/04/2011. GIF
Des mutations génétiques dites silencieuses puisqu’on les croyait inoffensives, peuvent en fait être impliquées dans l’apparition de maladies graves. C’est ce que viennent de montrer des chercheurs dans la maladie de Crohn.
>> Learn more

- A Young Researcher at the Interface of Physics and Food, also available in French, eTech France, 04/06/2011. GIF GIF
EMMA, the French abbreviation for ’Water, Active Molecules, Macromolecules, Activity’, is a laboratory with some twenty researchers headed by Professor Philippe Cayot at AgroSup Dijon.
>> Learn more

- Breast Cancers: Curie Institute Launches Three New Programs, also available in French, eTech France, 04/06/2011. GIF GIF
This year the public’s generosity will allow the Curie Institute to roll out three new PICS, the French acronym for Incentive and Cooperation Programs, mainly focused on breast cancers. Each program, with 153,000 euros per year for three years, has set a goal of addressing innovative and complementing aspects of oncology.
>> Learn more

- A Wide Range of Nano-coatings with Multiple Applications, also available in French, eTech France, 04/06/2011. GIF GIF
Numerous everyday objects, from cars to contact lenses, including nonstick saucepans, use coatings with special functions. Over fifteen years ago, Professor Gero Decher invented an original method of depositing nanomaterials in the form of thin films.
>> Learn more

- Volcanoes reveal the cooling of Mars, also available in French, CNRS, Toulouse, 04/06/2011. GIF GIF
The mantle of Mars is possibly cooling by 30-40°C every billion years. Based on satellite observations of the composition of the planet’s volcanic rocks, researchers reached this conclusion after reconstructing for the first time the thermal evolution of the planet over the past 4 billion years.
>> Learn more

- Les premières galaxies se seraient formées bien plus tôt que prévu, CNRS/ENS, Lyon and Marseille, 04/12/2011. GIF
Une équipe de chercheurs a découvert une galaxie lointaine qui contiendrait des étoiles âgées de 750 millions d’années, plaçant l’époque de sa formation à environ 200 millions d’années après le Big Bang.
>> Learn more

- De nouveaux moyens pour la recherche sur les microorganismes hautement pathogènes, Inserm, Lyon, 04/13/2011. GIF
HIDDEN est un projet d’extension du laboratoire de haute sécurité P4 Jean Mérieux. Ce projet doté de 9 millions d’euros s’inscrit dans une stratégie d’accroissement des capacités nationales de recherche sur les microorganismes hautement pathogènes. Il s’agit notamment d’anticiper une menace de pandémie et d’être en capacité de réagir.
>> Learn more


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University of Florida (Gainesville)
- May, 6th, 9-10am, Shuk mei Ho, Jacob G. Schmidlapp
’Environmental Epigenetics & Disease Risk’
- May, 13th, all day event
’2011 Florida Brain Tumor Biomedical Technology Summit’
- May, 16th, 12-1pm, Francesco Mattace Raso
’Determinants and Consequences of Accelerated Vascular Aging’


Emory University (Atlanta)
- May, 2nd, 11am-12pm, Katherine Rauen
’Ras/MARK Syndromes’
- May, 2nd, 4-5pm, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
’How the ribosome ensures accuracy during decoding the genetic message’
- May, 3rd, 3-4pm, Michael E. Greenberg
’Signaling Networks that Regulate Synapse Development and Cognitive Function’
- May, 3rd, 3-4pm, Cynthia Nau Cornelissen
’Wargames: Intelligent Design of Vaccines vs Smart Evolution of Microbes’
- May, 12th, 12-1pm, Timothy Read
’Infectious Disease Genomics’

North Carolina

Duke University (Durham)
- May, 3rd, 12:30-1:30pm, Andrew Neish
’Microbiota and Gut Interactions: Linking Immunity and Homeostasis’
- May, 3rd, 4pm, Frederick W. Alt
’High Throughput Cloning of the B Lymphocyte Translocatome’
- May, 9th, 1pm, Bernard Mathey-Prevot
’Functional Annotation of Pathway Signature in Proliferation and Cancer’
- May, 10th, 12:30-1:30pm, Chi Dang
’Oncogenic Re-programming of Cancer Cell Metabolism and Therapeutic Targets’

North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
- May, 10th, 1pm
’Initiative for Biological Complexity Postdoctoral Fellow Candidates Mini-Symposium’
- May, 20th, 4-7pm
’Discussions & Reception, Genetics and Bioinformatics’

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill)
- May, 3rd, 4-5pm, Zefeng Wang
’Regulation and Modulation of Alternative Splicing’

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


-- width='35' height='25' />Good to Know


eTech France: French Science and Technology Newsletter in English for every level

eTech France brings you all the news in science and technology from France on a bimonthly basis. It is also available in French.

Each newsletter includes: special reports, short technology news, experts’ interviews and press releases from French research institutions.

You can also register for eTech France newsletter on, a service provided by ADIT.

Here are examples of available articles:
World Salt Awareness Week - Less Salt in our Diets
Hearing - New Cochlear Implants on the Market within the Next Few Years
GREEN, Pooled Platform for Green Extraction Technologies

For french speakers, weekly articles and reports are also available about Science and Technology in the USA. It concerns life sciences, innovation, physics, environment, informatics, communication, nanosciences, agronomy and aerospace.

Career: Researcher in protein biochemistry (Cirad, Montpellier)

The "Natural rubber quality" laboratory within the Agropolymer Engineering and Emerging Technologies’ Joint Research Unit UMR Ingénierie des agropolymères et des technologies emergentes (IATE) (Inra, Université Montpellier II, Cirad, Montpellier SupAgro) is hiring a researcher (permanent contract).
Profile: Doctorate in protein biochemistry with experience desired in the physical chemistry of molecular interactions and colloids. A good basic understanding of agronomy would be valued, as would work experience overseas and a good level of English. A maximum of two years’ experience is desired. Deadline to apply: May 5th, 2011.
>>Learn more

Call for proposals under the 2011 ’Ideas’ work programme of the Seventh EC Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities

The European Commission has published a call for proposals under the 2011 ’Ideas’ Theme of the Seventh EC Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities. The objective of this call is to provide funds to enable European Research Council- funded ideas to be brought to a pre-demonstration stage where potential commercialisation opportunities have been identified.
>>Learn more


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Grouping of numerous Gram-negative, anaerobic, Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria

Janice Haney Carr, Public Health Image Library, CDC

This pathogenic organism is responsible for causing the illness, Lyme disease, a zoonotic, vector-borne, ailment, transmitted to humans by way of a tick bite.B. burgdorferi belongs to a group of bacteria, called spirochetes, whose appearance resembles a coiled spring.

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

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