Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #51 - June 2014




The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to invite you to the following events happening this June !

On June 10, the Alliance Française of Denver and the Office for Science and Technology of Los Angeles will host a Café des Sciences. Val Albors Laine will be presenting “The Demystification of the Science of Rock Mechanics.”

The following week, on June 20, the documentary “Tour de France de LaBiotech”, will be screened as part of the Ciné-Sciences series. The event will take place in Roth Auditorium, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.

June 25-27 Denver, Colorado, will be hosting the 12th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics : ICOST 2014. The program focuses on presentations and discussions of research that foster independent living and enhanced quality of life. There will be many French scientists attending this event including Mourir Mokhtari, Institut Mines Telecom. Note : ICOST 2015 will be held in France.

Finally, we would like you to help us celebrate INSERM’s 50th anniversary. The “Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale” was founded on July 18, 1964 in Paris, France. INSERM has been supporting health research for 50 years.

Kyle Costenbader, Science and Technology Intern
Viviane Chansavang, Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology
Fabien Agenes, Attaché for Science and Technology

To read the full version of the June 2014 newsletter, please scroll down. You can also register here to receive emails about events organized by the OST LA.




May 1, 2014 : Small variations in genetic code can team up to have a big impact

Scientists at USC have definitively demonstrated that large sets of variations in the genetic code that do not individually appear to have much effect can collectively produce significant changes in an organism’s physical characteristics.

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May 1, 2014 : Salk scientists reveal circuitry of fundamental motor circuit

Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered the developmental source for a key type of neuron that allows animals to walk, a finding that could help pave the way for new therapies for spinal cord injuries or other motor impairments related to disease.

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May 2, 2014 : Ability to isolate and grow breast tissue stem cells could speed cancer research

By carefully controlling the levels of two proteins, researchers at the Salk Institute have discovered how to keep mammary stem cells—those that can form breast tissue—alive and functioning in the lab. The new ability to propagate mammary stem cells is allowing them to study both breast development and the formation of breast cancers.

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May 7, 2014 : Scripps Research Institute Scientists Create First Living Organism that Transmits Added Letters in DNA ’Alphabet’

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA “letters,” or bases, not found in nature.

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May 04, 2014 : Motor Cortex Shown to Play Active Role in Learning Movement Patterns

UC San Diego neurobiologists discovered that the motor cortex of the brain plays an active role in learning new motor movements. In a series of experiments using mice, the researchers showed in detail how those movements are learned over time.

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May 5, 2014 : Genetic Risk Factor for Premature birth Found

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a genetic risk factor for premature birth. The risk is related to a gene that codes for a protein that helps the body’s immune cells recognize certain bacteria.

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May 6, 2014 : Detecting Fetal Chromosomal Defects Without Risk

A new, less invasive, and cheaper method of genetic screening uses cell-free fetal DNA that naturally circulates in the mother’s bloodstream in order to find fetal chromosomal defects.

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May 13, 2014 : Scientists reveal structural secrets of enzyme used to make popular anti-cholesterol drug

UCLA researchers discover why a mutated enzyme helps create a better anti-cholesterol drug.

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May 12, 2014 : New stem cell research points to early indicators of schizophrenia

Salk scientists show fundamental differences in early neurons from patients with schizophrenia, supporting the theory that risk for the disease may begin in the womb

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May 9, 2014 : Longevity gene may boost brain power

Scientists showed that people who have a variant of a longevity gene, called KLOTHO, have improved brain skills. This could be a major step toward helping millions around the world who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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May 8, 2014 : NIH study demonstrates that a new cancer immunotherapy method could be effective against a wide range of cancers

A new method for using immunotherapy to specifically attack tumor cells that have mutations unique to a patient’s cancer has been developed by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The research provides evidence that this immune response can be harnessed for therapeutic benefit in patients

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May 4, 2014 : Drug pair cuts children’s urinary infections up to 80 percent

Long-term use of a drug combination reduces the risk of recurrent urinary tract infection by up to 80 percent in children with the urinary condition vesicoureteral reflux compared to placebo.

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May 5, 2014 : Solar Energy" : A new CNRS/sagascience multimedia report

The 20th report in the CNRS/sagascience collection focuses on solar energy and its prospects for the future, in particular at a time when the energy transition is an important topic of debate in France.

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May 7, 2014 : A new type of heredity described in Paramecia

Considered as an obsolete theory for many years, the transmission of acquired traits has returned to the forefront of debate thanks to the development of epigenetic research.

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May 17, 2014 : The pill crisis in France : towards a new contraceptive model ?

By analyzing the Fecond survey, conducted by Inserm and the French National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) several months later, Nathalie Bajos, Mylène Rouzaud-Cornabas, Henri Panjo, Aline Bohet and Caroline Moreau examined the recent trends in contraceptive practices, and the contribution of media debate to these changes.

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Jonsson Cancer Center Lecture
GoogleMAP – type molecular view of microbes – from culture to people
June 5 – 10:00-11:00am
Health Sciences Center – Room 73-105
Featured Speaker : Pieter Dorrestein, PhD (UCSD)
More Information : http://happenings.ucla.edu/lectures/event/129855/

UC Riverside

FREE quantitative real-time PCR workshop
June 5 – 9:00-11:30am
2018 Keen Hall
Featured Instructor : Glenn Hicks, IIGB Academic Administrator
More Information : http://events.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?comp_id=41714:20140605090000

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
More Information : http://www.salk.edu/events/scientific_seminars.html

Activity-based Proteomics – Applications for Enzyme and Inhibitor Discovery
June 3 – 4:00 pm
Featured Speaker : Ben Cravatt, PhD (The Scripps Research Institute)

First Friday Neuroscience Lecture
All-optical electrophysiology with microbial rhodopsins
June 6 – 11:00 am
Trustee’s Room
Featured Speaker : Adam Cohen, PhD (Harvard University)

The Neural Basis of Neuroprosthetic Skill Learning
June 12 – 11:00 am
Trustee’s Room
Featured Speaker : Jose Carmena, PhD (UC Berkeley)

Orgel Lecture
MicroRNAs, poly(A) tails, and a Developmental Switch in the Nature of Translational Control
June 19 – 4:00 pm
Featured Speaker : David Bartel, PhD (MIT)

UC San Diego

CBAM Symposium : Sensor Technologies for the Nervous System
June 4 – 8:00am-5:30pm
Atkinson Hall, Qualcomm Institute (Calit2)
Featured Speakers : Adam Cohen (Harvard University), Alan Jasanoff (MIT), James Schuck (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Erkki Ruoslahti (Sanford-Burnham Institute/UC Santa Barbara), Ania Bleszynski Jayich (UC Santa Barbara), R. Mark Wightman (U. North Carolina), Paul Weiss (UCLA)
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=58025&iSubCatID=&iRoomID=

Plastic Surgery Telemedicine Conference
June 7 – 9:00-11:00am
Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET) Building
Featured Speaker : Amanda Gosman, MD (UC San Diego)
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=68082&iSubCatID=&iRoomID=

The Scripps Research Institute
More Information : http://www.scripps.edu/california/events/seminars.html

Opposing Roles of the p38 MAPK Pathway in Cancer Development
June 3 – 1:00-2:00pm
MBB2N - The Committee Lecture Hall
Featured Speaker : Peiqing Sun, PhD (The Scripps Research Institute)

AbbVie Symposium
Discovery of ABT-199 (GDC-0199), A First-in-Class BCL-2 Selective Inhibitor
Versatile and Efficient Assembly of Amines and Nitrogen Heterocycles by C-H Bond Functionalization
June 10 – 2:00-3:00pm
BCC1 – W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Featured Speaker : Michael Wendt, PhD (AbbVie), Jonathan Ellman, PhD (AbbVie)

Unraveling Causality : Type 1 Diabetes-associated Human Polymorphisms in the IL2 and CTLA4 Pathways
June 12 – 12:00-1:00pm
MBB2N - The Committee Lecture Hall
Featured Speaker : Linda Wicker, PhD (University of Cambridge)

Clock Genes and Alcohol Addiction
June 16 – 2:00-3:00pm
BCC1 – W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Featured Speaker : Rainer Spanagel, PhD (Univ. of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany)

University of Arizona

Surgical Weight Loss Seminar
June 16 – 5:00-6:00pm
AHSC, UA Medical Center, Cafeteria Dining Rooms E and F
Featured Speaker : Carlos Galvani, MD (University of Arizona Medical Center)
More Information : http://uanews.org/calendar/55171-surgical-weight-loss-seminar

The International Exhibition of Innovation and Competitiveness – 16-18 September 2014 – Toulouse, France

The first international cross-cutting forum dedicated to generic technologies and their applications

From September 16 to 18, 2014, the first edition of the Innovation Connecting Show will bring together more than 700 international exhibitors of breakthrough innovations and an expected 20,000 visitors at the Parc des Expositions in Toulouse. As a “technopolis” of knowledge, the “Pink City” will raise the banner of international competitiveness, imagining key generic technologies meeting application challenges

The Innovation Connecting Show promotes tomorrow’s breakthrough technologies, which are the key element of competitiveness and growth for businesses. ICS is a place for "product", "service" and "process" innovations to meet with their future application markets. As such, it aims to promote pioneering partnerships and transfers between sectors, through the development and demonstration of key generic technologies - a global market expected to grow 8% by 2015 – reaching 1 trillion euros.

By extension, the ICS will be a vector of synergies between pioneering businesses, training and research centers, territorial institutions, the French state, Europe and large international institutions. Centralized into 14 sectors, these pioneering businesses and their private and institutional partners will be grouped by business clusters, and by French and international clusters. The 20,000 visitors expected during the show will be able to discover them in one of the 400 booths. 1,000 global innovation leaders invited to the event from all around the globe.
Website : www.ics-show.com/


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