Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #56 - November 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 November !

November 6, 2014 - Save The Date ! The Alliance Française de Los Angeles, with the support of the Office for Science and Technology, will be hosting a Ciné-Sciences on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:15pm. The documentary “Le ventre, notre deuxième cerveau / The gut, our second brain” will be screened in French with French subtitles. Written and directed by Cécile Denjean, it won the 2014 Prize of Mutualities in the “Medicine” category at the International Health Film Festival ImagéSanté in Liège, Belgium. Following the screening will be a Q&A in French and English with Dr. Yvette Taché, recognized leading expert in brain-gut interactions. To RSVP to this free event, send an email to admin@afdela.org.

November 14, 2014 - Save The Date ! – Last stop of the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) conference series is in Los Angeles !. In partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) for Climate Action and Sustainability, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will organize a conference at UCLA to discuss reducing emissions and mitigating the future impacts of climate change. Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio, will moderate the speaking and debating between Americans Alex Hall, Mary Nichols and Pam O’Connor and former French Minister of the Environment Corinne Lepage, French paleoclimatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte, and European innovation expert Daniel Zimmer.
Location : Carnesales Commons – Palisades Room @ UCLA
We encourage you to come and engage in the discussion of climate change. Click here to register.

Finally, it’s time for PhD students in American universities to start applying for the OST’s Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ! This program aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships, and joint projects by encouraging exchange at the doctorate level. Fellows are selected through a merit-based competition and priority is given to candidates working toward a dual PhD degree with their French host institution. Applications are due by January 31, 2015, and more information can be found at http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org

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




October 02, 2014 : A better way to detect breast cancer ?

Mastoscopia, the system devised by Marmarelis, uses a technology called multimodal ultrasound tomography (MUT) to image the breast in search for cancerous lesions. The technology is far superior to the current imaging techniques used in four distinct ways : It’s sensitive, specific, safe and comfortable.

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October 05, 2014 : Scientists Discover Pain Receptor on T-Cells

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that T-cells – a type of white blood cell that learns to recognize and attack microbial pathogens – are activated by a pain receptor.

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October 07, 2014 : $1 million National Cancer Institute grant will advance UCLA research on vault nanomedicine treatment for lung cancer

A $1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Small Business Innovation Research program will enable UCLA scientists and industry partners to take an innovative lung cancer treatment through the final steps toward its first clinical trial.

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October 09, 2014 : Scientists discover a ’good’ fat that fights diabetes

Scientists at the Salk Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston have discovered a new class of molecules–produced in human and mouse fat–that protects against diabetes.

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October 09, 2014 : Researchers Unfold New Details About a Powerful Protein

Using X-rays and neutron beams, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, University of Utah and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have teased out new information about Protein Kinase A (PKA), a ubiquitous master switch that helps regulate fundamental cellular functions like energy consumption and interactions with hormones, neurotransmitters and drugs.

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October 09, 2014 : UC San Diego bolsters reputation as top neuroscience research center with more than $10 million in new federal grants

President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, a federal research effort designed to help researchers answer fundamental questions about how the brain works, has in recent months awarded scientists at UC San Diego with more than $10 million in grants, cementing the campus’s reputation as one of the world’s top centers for neuroscience research.

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October 09, 2014 : Four UCLA scientists receive NIH innovator award for stem cell, neuroscience research

Four scientists from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award for advancing revolutionary stem cell and neuroscience in medicine. The four UCLA researchers were among only 50 recipients nationwide and the most from a single institution represented. Each recipient received a $2.3 million award for their respective projects.

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October 09, 2014 : UCLA researchers find that drug used for another disease slows progression of Parkinson’s

A new study from UCLA found that a drug being evaluated to treat an entirely different disorder helped slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease in mice.

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October 13, 2014 : PTPRZ-MET Fusion Protein : A New Target for Personalized Brain Cancer Treatment

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new fusion protein found in approximately 15 percent of secondary glioblastomas or brain tumors. The finding offers new insights into the cause of this cancer and provides a therapeutic target for personalized oncologic care. The findings were published this month in the online edition of Genome Research.

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October 14, 2014 : Using a novel biological clock, UCLA researchers find that obesity accelerates aging of the liver

Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an epigenetic clock, UCLA researchers working closely with a German team of investigators have found for the first time that obesity greatly accelerates aging of the liver. This finding could explain the early onset of many age-related diseases, including liver cancer, in people who are obese.

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October 08, 2014 : NIH funds research consortia to study more than 200 rare diseases

Physician scientists at 22 consortia will collaborate with representatives of 98 patient advocacy groups to advance clinical research and investigate new treatments for patients with rare diseases. The collaborations are made possible through awards by the National Institutes of Health — totaling about $29 million in fiscal year 2014 funding — to expand the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN), which is led by NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

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October 10, 2014 : Scientists sniff out unexpected role for stem cells in the brain

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that newly formed brain cells in the mouse olfactory system — the area that processes smells — play a critical role in maintaining proper connections.

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October 10, 2014 : FDA approves first combination pill to treat hepatitis C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection.

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October 07, 2014 : Anorexia/bulimia : a bacterial protein implicated

Eating disorders (ED) such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder affect approximately 5-10% of the general population, but the biological mechanisms involved are unknown. Researchers at Inserm Unit 1073, “Nutrition, inflammation and dysfunction of the gut-brain axis” (Inserm/University of Rouen) have demonstrated the involvement of a protein produced by some intestinal bacteria that may be the source of these disorders. Antibodies produced by the body against this protein also react with the main satiety hormone, which is similar in structure. According to the researchers, it may ultimately be possible to correct this mechanism that causes variations in food intake.

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October 07, 2014 : CEA Hosts First-Ever Trilateral Energy Efficiency Roundtable on Consumer Electronics

Prominent government officials and consumer electronics (CE) industry representatives from Canada, Mexico and the United States held the first-ever Trilateral Energy Efficiency Roundtable Monday afternoon at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The meeting focused on energy-efficiency policy alignment opportunities and challenges particular to the CE industry.

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October 13, 2014 : Key step in allergic reactions revealed

By studying the mode of action of the interleukin-33 protein, an alarmin for white blood cells, a team at the Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale (IPBS - CNRS/Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier) has been able to evidence truncated forms of the protein that act as potent activators of the cells responsible for triggering allergic reactions. This breakthrough in the understanding of the mechanisms underlying allergy could have important applications in the treatment of asthma and other allergic diseases such as eczema and allergic rhinitis.

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Mechanisms of Allograft Tolerance Achieved with Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
November 4, 2014 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Neuroscience Research Bldg. - Auditorium - Room 132
Featured Speaker : Megan Sykes, M.D., Michael J. Friedlander Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, and Surgical Sciences Director, Columbia Center for Translational Immunology, Columbia University
More Information : http://happenings.ucla.edu/all/event/141135

Exploring Your Universe
November 16, 2014 – 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Court of Sciences
More Information : http://happenings.ucla.edu/all/event/134099

UC San Diego

Focused Electron Beam Induced Deposition (FEBID) fabrication of nano-magnets and their magneto-optical characterization
November 12, 2014 – 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Center for Magnetic Recording Research – Auditorium
Featured Speaker : Professor Eric Fullerton, UCSD
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=88199&iSubCatID=&iRoomID=186

Michael Terns seminar "CRISPR-Cas small RNA-based prokaryotic immune systems"
November 19, 2014 – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Natural Sciences Building Auditorium (room 1205)
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=88204&iSubCatID=3&iRoomID=

What Can We Learn About Cognitive and Emotional Aging from a Blood Sample
November 19, 2014 – 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Basic Science Building - Garren Auditorium
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=88212&iSubCatID=2&iRoomID=3


Medicine and the Image : The Visible Human
November 5, 2014 – 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
University Park Campus/ Doheny Memorial Library Room 240
Featured Speaker : Marientina Gotsis, Director & Co-Founder, USC Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center ; Research Assistant Professor, Interactive Media & Games Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts
More Information and to RSVP : https://www.usc.edu/calendar/event/912760

Neuroimaging in Neurogeneration, Neurotrauma and Neurorestoration
November 10, 2014 – 3:50PM
Health Sciences Campus Center for the Health Professions Room 147
Featured Speaker : Meng Law, MD
More Information : https://www.usc.edu/calendar/event/912804

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Science and Music Series
November 2, 2014 – 4:00PM
Featured Speaker : Terrence J. Sejnowski, professor and head of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory
More Information and Tickets : http://music.salk.edu/eldar-trio-and-terry-sejnowski/

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

Targeted Cancer Prevention
November 4, 2014 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
BCC1 – W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Featured Speaker : Zigang Dong, M.D., Ph.D., McKnight Presidential Professor in Cancer Research ; Hormel-Knowlton Professor ; I.J. Holton Professor ; The Hormel Institute ; University of Minnesota ; Austin, MN

Cyclotides, A New Molecular Scaffold to Target Protein-protein Interactions
November 7, 2014 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
BCC1 – W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Featured Speaker : Julio A. Camarero, Ph.D., Dept. of Chemistry, College of Letter, Arts & Science ; Dept. of Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California


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