Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #58 – January 2015




The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to wish you a Happy New Year. The New Year has brought a lot of opportunities to promote scientific relations between France and the United States. Welcome to 2015 !

Did you study abroad in France ? If so, and if you would like to join a France Alumni network, you’re in luck ! On November 26, 2014, Laurent Fabius (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development) and Geneviève Fioraso (Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research) launched francealumni.fr, a website aimed at keeping former students linked to France. The site is operated by Campus France with the goals of not only keeping students informed about France, but is also an opportunity for the international development of French businesses and universities. Effectively, keeping previous alumni connected will facilitate new economic and academic partnerships with these former students. To join the French Alumni network or to just learn more, click here.

January 28 or 29, 2015 - Save The Date ! – The Hello Tomorrow Challenge is a global start-up competition covering all the fields of technology, the winner receiving 100,000 euros. Entries to the Challenge close on February 15, 2015. On the 28th or 29th of January, Hello Tomorrow and the OST of the French Consulate will cohost a kick-off party in Santa Monica. We encourage you to come learn more about the Challenge ! Click here for more information or to apply to the Challenge.

January 20, 2015 (12pm EST) !! Applications for the OST’s Chateaubriand Fellowship are due January 20, 2015 !! PhD students in American universities are encouraged to apply. This program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 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. More information can be found at http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org

February 15, 2015 !! Applications for the Partner University Fund are due ! Established in 2007 as a collaboration between the French government, American private donors, and the FACE Foundation, the Partner University Fund (PUF) supports research partnerships in all disciplines between two or more American and French institutions. More information on the details of the grant can be found at http://www.france-science.org/Call-for-Partner-University-Fund,2857.html

An internship opportunity at the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to promote electric vehicles and sustainability is available (internship from February 9 to April 9, 2015). More information can be found toward the end of this newsletter.

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 January 2015 newsletter, please scroll down. You can also register here to receive emails about events organized by the OST LA.



December 03, 2014 : Gene discovery shows how stem cells can be activated to help immune system fight infection

In a study led by Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research member Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto, UCLA scientists have shown that two genes not previously known to be involved with the immune system play a crucial role in how progenitor stem cells are activated to fight infection.

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December 03, 2014 : Salk Institute announces second Helmsley-Salk Fellow

The Salk Institute is pleased to announce its second appointment in the new Salk Fellows Program. The program, which brings scientists from across disciplines to tackle big problems in biology, welcomes scientist Jesse Dixon as a Helmsley-Salk Fellow.

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December 04, 2014 : USC team first to perform high-level kidney cancer surgery using robot

Keck Medicine of USC surgeons with the USC Institute of Urology used the daVinci Xi robot to perform a complex kidney cancer operation that cuts the patient’s recovery time of two to three weeks to four to five days.

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December 04, 2014 : Salk and Harvard scientists chart spinal circuitry responsible for chronic pain

In a major breakthrough, a team led by researchers at the Salk Institute and Harvard Medical School have identified an important neural mechanism in the spinal cord that appears to be capable of sending erroneous pain signals to the brain.

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December 08, 2014 : UCLA researchers unlock protein key to harnessing regenerative power of blood stem cells

UCLA scientists have for the first time identified a protein that plays a key role in regulating how blood stem cells replicate in humans.

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December 12, 2014 : UCLA researcher develops robotic surgery technique to treat previously inoperable head and neck cancer

In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have advanced a robotic surgical technique to successfully access a previously unreachable area of the head and neck.

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December 15, 2014 : Researchers create tunable photon-pair spectrum using room-temperature quantum optics silicon chip

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated a way to emit and control quantum light generated using a chip made from silicon—one of the most widely used materials for modern electronics.

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December 17, 2014 : Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at the cellular level

UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes.

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December 24, 2014:Study Sheds Light on What Causes Cells to Divide

When a rapidly-growing cell divides into two smaller cells, what triggers the split ? Is it the size the growing cell eventually reaches ? Or is the real trigger the time period over which the cell keeps growing ever larger ?

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December 29, 2014 : Sugar Molecule Links Red Meat Consumption and Elevated Cancer Risk in Mice

While people who eat a lot of red meat are known to be at higher risk for certain cancers, other carnivores are not, prompting researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to investigate the possible tumor-forming role of a sugar called Neu5Gc, which is naturally found in most mammals but not in humans.

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December 17, 2014 : Study finds genetic clue to menopause-like condition in young women

Six young women with a disorder that mimics menopause have gene alterations that hamper the repair of damaged DNA, report researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health. The mutations, occurring in women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), are in genes that repair damaged DNA in cells of the ovary that eventually become egg cells. The findings may contribute to an understanding of POI, and to the genetic basis of the precise timing of menopause that occurs at the usual stage in a woman’s life.

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December 19, 2014 : Patient exposed to Ebola Discharged from NIH Clinical Center Today

Earlier today, the NIH Clinical Center discharged the patient who was admitted to the hospital on December 11 following a high-risk exposure to Ebola virus while providing bedside nursing care in Sierra Leone. We are happy to report that the patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia under the direction of the Virginia Department of Health. The patient feels well and has no fever. CDC guidelines pertaining to monitoring and isolation will be followed until the completion of the 21-day observation period from the time of reported exposure.

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December 29, 2014 : Stem cell transplants may halt progression of multiple sclerosis

Three-year outcomes from an ongoing clinical trial suggest that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells may induce sustained remission in some people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). RRMS is the most common form of MS, a progressive autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and conducted by the NIAID-funded Immune Tolerance Network (ITN) External Web Site Policy.

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December 16, 2014 : Improved understanding of the diabetic process via the Rfx6 gene

For the first time, the team led by Gérard Gradwohl, an Inserm Research Director at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Illkirch (IGBMC/Inserm-CNRS-University of Strasbourg), has shown that the Rfx6 gene is essential for the functioning of the cells that produce insulin, the pancreatic beta cells. In adult mice, this gene has proved important not only for allowing the secretion of insulin, but for also playing a major role in beta cell identity. As a logical progression of this work carried out in the rodent, the team led by Raphaël Scharfmann, an Inserm Research Director (Unit 106, “Cochin Institute”/Inserm-Paris Descartes University-CNRS) has confirmed these results in human pancreatic beta cells and in a 6 year old child with neonatal diabetes.

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December 2014 : Launch of the “Double Chooz” Experiment

In order to obtain a precise measurement of the oscillation of neutrinos, CEA / Dapnia1 and CNRS/IN2P32 are launching the construction of the Double Chooz experiment.

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CTSI Seminar
January 07, 2015 – 12:00 pm
Neuroscience Research Bldg. - Auditorium - Room 132
Featured Speaker : Robert Innis, M.D
More Information : http://happenings.ucla.edu/search/k/call/0107201501072015/Search/searchCal

Meteorite Gallery Monthly Lecture
January 11, 2015 – 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Slichter Hall - Room 3853
More Information : http://happenings.ucla.edu/all/event/152258

UC San Diego

Understanding and Protecting the Planet, Enriching Human Life and Society
January 05, 2015 – 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The 2014 Founders Symposium features top UC San Diego faculty presenting their latest research.
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=108421&iSubCatID=&iRoomID=

Ebola : Risks and ethical obligations at home and abroad
January 21, 2015 – 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ambulatory Care Center, Hillcrest
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=108419&iSubCatID=2&iRoomID=


Managing Ebola in West Africa : What next steps need to be taken and why should we care ?
January 15, 2015 – 12:00 PM
Health Sciences Campus, Soto Street Building (SSB), USC Health Sciences Campus 115/116
Featured Speaker : Kathleen West, DrPH
More Information and to RSVP : https://www.usc.edu/calendar/event/913947

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

From Yeast to Patient Neurons and Back Again : Powerful Discovery Platforms Combating Neurodegenerative Disease
January 21, 2015 – 4:00 PM
Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
Featured Speaker : Susan Lindquist, Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Member ; Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
More Information : http://www.salk.edu/events/scientific_seminars.html

9th Annual Salk Institute, Fondation IPSEN, and Science Symposium on Biological Complexity : Neurodegenerative Diseases
January 21-23, 2015
Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
More Information : http://www.salk.edu/salkipsenscience2015/

Neuron-astrocyte Interactions During Neural Circuit Assembly
January 29, 2015 – 4:00 PM
Trustees’ Room
Featured Speaker : Marc Freeman, University of Massachusetts
More Information :http://www.salk.edu/events/scientific_seminars.html

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

Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors : Distinct Roles in Circuits Mediating Feeding Behavior & Behaviors Related to Depression
January 20, 2015 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
DNC Auditorium
Featured Speaker : Marina Picciotto, PhD., Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry & Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neurobiology & of Pharmacology ; Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry, Yale University

Neuropeptides in Stress and Addiction
January 21, 2015 – 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
BCC1 – W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater
Featured Speaker : Marisa Roberto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders, TSRI

Internship Opportunity - Promotion of electric vehicles and sustainability - February 9 to April 9, 2015

The Office for Science and Technology (OST) at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles is looking for an intern, from February 9 to April 9, 2015. The intern will be working on the organization of an event in Los Angeles, focusing on the promotion of electric vehicles and sustainability, alongside a Formula-E race taking place in Long Beach on April 4, 2015.
The OST is looking for an undergraduate or graduate student, fluent in English and French, specialized in electric vehicles, innovation and environmental issues. The internship will be preferably full time, part time being an option.
Applications (including resume and cover letter) should be submitted to Viviane Chansavang (viviane.chansavang@ambascience-usa.org).


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