Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #52 - July 2014




On July 1st, 2014, the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in Washington, DC will be hosting the first annual “Networking Event in Science and Technology” (NEST). NEST brings together researchers and entrepreneurs that have the mutual desire to share knowledge and to reinforce international alliances. The first NEST even will also honor biomedical research as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of Inserm, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, and in particular, its partners in the United States. Inserm was founded July 18, 1964 in Paris, France.

Save The Date : FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate Talks) Los Angeles is taking place on November 14th, 2014, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This event is organized by the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate of France in Los Angeles, the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. FACTS is a public conference series organized by the embassies of France in both Canada and the United States that aims to mobilize French, American, and Canadian opinions on the issues of climate change. The event is planned to take place in seven cities in the United States (Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles) and Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver) involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs.

The 2014 YEi (Young Entrepreneurs initiative) program is accepting applications until July 31, 2014. Started in 2006 and organized by the OST, the YEi program is an accelerator for young startups wishing to grow their business in France and Europe by leveraging transatlantic resources and partnerships. More information can be found toward the end of this newsletter.

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 July 2014 newsletter, please scroll down. You can also register here to receive emails about events organized by the OST LA.




June 4, 2014 : Scripps Research Institute Study : Hemorrhagic Fevers Can Be Caused by Body’s Antiviral Interferon Response

Hemorrhagic fevers caused by Lassa, dengue and other viruses affect more than one million people annually and are often fatal, yet scientists have never understood why only some virus-infected people come down with the disease and others do not.

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June 5, 2014 : Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system

Scientists at USC have show that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage- a major side effect of chemotherapy- but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self- renewal.

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June 5, 2014 : The Connection Between Oxygen and Diabetes

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that a lack of O2 in fat cells triggers inflammation and insulin resistance in obesity.

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June 9, 2014 : UCLA researchers discover new gene involved in Parkinson’s disease.

A team of UCLA researchers has identified a gene called MUL1, which plays an important role in mediating the pathology of Parkinson’s disease. Their finding may provide a target for drugs that could one day prevent or even cure the debilitating illness.

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June 11, 2014 : UCLA physicians use Google Glass to teach surgery abroad

UCLA surgeon Dr. David Chen and surgical resident Dr. Justin Wagner have made it their mission to teach hernia surgery around the world and are harnessing the latest technologies to help. Their goal is to help improve medical care in resource-poor countries.

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June 12, 2014 : Genetic Risk Factor for Premature birth Found

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that persons with lower blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to die prematurely as people with higher blood levels of vitamin D.

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June 17, 2014 : Study examines how brain ’reboots’ itself to consciousness after anesthesia

A study at UCLA provides important clues about the processes used by structurally normal brains to navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness. The study suggests a new way to think about the human brain under anesthesia and could encourage physicians to reexamine how they approach monitoring anesthesia in the operating room.

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June 17, 2014 : Nanoshell Shields Foreign Enzymes Used to Starve Cancer Cells from Immune System

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a nanoshell to protect foreign enzymes used to starve cancer cells as part of chemotherapy.

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June 18, 2014 : Scripps Research Institute Scientists Reveal Molecular ‘Yin-Yang’ of Blood Vessel Growth

Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a crucial process that regulates the development of blood vessels. The finding could lead to new treatments for disorders involving abnormal blood vessel growth, including common disorders such as diabetic retinopathy and cancer.

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June 5, 2014 : Making Artificial Vision Look More Natural

In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural, high-fidelity vision to blind people, the researchers say.

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June 9, 2014 : Hormone treatment restores bone density for young women with menopause-like condition

Researchers have found that hormone replacement therapy in young women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) led to increases in their bone mineral density, restoring levels to normal.

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June 13, 2014 : NIH scientists take totally tubular journey through brain cells

In a new study, scientists at the National Institutes of Health took a molecular-level journey into microtubules, the hollow cylinders inside brain cells that act as skeletons and internal highways. Advanced understanding of how brain cell tubes are modified may help scientists understand and treat diseases.

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June 1, 2014 : Elucidating the pathogenic mechanism of meningococcal meningitis

Teams led by CNRS researchers have deciphered the molecular events through which meningococci target blood vessels and colonize them. This work opens a path to new therapeutic perspectives for treating vascular problems caused by this type of invasive infection.

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June 13, 2014 : Anxiety in Invertebrates Opens Research Avenues

CNRS researches and the Universite de Bordeaux have produced and observed anxiety-like behavior in crayfish. An anlysis of ancestral behavior in a simple animal model opens up new avenues for studying the neuronal bases for this emotion.

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The Scripps Research Institute

Neuroimmunological Process in Rodent Models of Inflammation-Associated Depression
July 7, 2014– 2:30 - 3:30 pm
BCC1- W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Featured Speaker : Steven Biesmans, PhD
More Information : http://www.scripps.edu/events/

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Wylie Ways of Enhancer Codes in the Neuroendocrine System
July 17 – 4:00 pm
Featured Speaker : Geoff Rosenfeld
More Information : http://www.salk.edu/events/scientific_seminars.html

Salk Women & Science
July 23, 2014
Featured Speakers : Ursula Bellugi and Carol Marchetto
More Information : http://www.salk.edu/support/womenandscience.html

2014 YEi (Young Entrepreneurs initiative) program – Deadline : 31 July 2014

The Young Entrepreneurs initiative (YEi), started in 2006 and organized by The Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US, is an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe. It provides an intensive training in Boston and Paris and a one-week immersion in France that will allow laureates to benefit from an extensive customized business network and connections to the best resources in Europe.

For more information : http://www.yeifrance.com/

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.

More Information : http://www.ics-show.com/


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