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Understanding and Controlling Sleep: The Dream of Delphine Oudiette 

In the past, Delphine Oudiette dreamt of becoming an explorer, journalist, philosopher, or perfume creator. Today, she is a scientist in the field of dreams and has recently obtained European Research Council (ERC) funding in order to explore the process of falling asleep. Knowing more about this poorly-understood phase of transition between wakefulness and sleep […]

  • Published on: 11/09/2023
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Endocrine Disruptors: Can We Reduce Our Exposure? 

Our exposures to endocrine disruptors – substances capable of interacting with our hormonal system and altering its function – are many, varied, and seem difficult to control. At the Institute for Advanced Biosciences in La Tronche, near Grenoble, an Inserm team is conducting a study to determine whether changing our consumption habits could reduce our […]

  • Published on: 01/08/2023
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Romain Quentin: Understanding Learning in Order to Improve It 

Specializing in cognitive computational neuroscience, a field which uses mathematical tools to develop and test theories about brain function, Romain Quentin characterizes the neural mechanisms that come into play when learning. As a recipient of ATIP-Avenir funding which has enabled him to form his own team, he wishes to identify how to improve the way […]

  • Published on: 22/06/2023
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Neurodegenerative Diseases: Tracking Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in the Gut 

It is just a courtyard that separates Nantes University Hospital from the TENS lab. A courtyard that the teams of Pascal Derkinderen and Moustapha Cissé cross when their colleagues perform a colon biopsy, or to go meet with patients. Because the research conducted by the lab has a clinical purpose: to track the links between […]

  • Published on: 22/05/2023
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Maria-Christina Zennaro: The Challenge of Better Diagnosing Hypertension 

For over 30 years, endocrinologist Maria-Christina Zennaro, Inserm research director at the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center, has endeavored to better understand the causes of high blood pressure. Her latest project, ENSAT-HT, which federates European research forces, has received an Étoiles de l’Europe award. Hypertension, which kills 11 million people each year worldwide, exists in more than one […]

  • Published on: 05/05/2023
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Charlotte Proudhon: Bringing Epigenetics and Cancer Screening Together 

Charlotte Proudhon is a pure geneticist. For over fifteen years, she worked in laboratories specializing in the study of DNA until 2022 when she obtained funding from the European Research Council to set up her own Inserm team. Her objective? Use her knowledge to develop a universal cancer screening test requiring just a blood sample. […]

  • Published on: 13/04/2023
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Rémy Nicolle: Understanding the Architecture of Pancreatic Cancers Will Aid Therapeutic Innovation 

By exploring the diversity of the structure and composition of pancreatic cancers, Rémy Nicolle wants to identify avenues that will rapidly bring new treatments to patients. This translational research, which combines genomics, transcriptomics and artificial intelligence, was selected as part of the Atip-Avenir program in 2022. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma accounts for 85% of all pancreatic cancers. It is […]

  • Published on: 09/02/2023
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HIV: A Game of Immune Hide-and-Seek 

While AIDS is no longer necessarily a life-threatening disease, a major obstacle to its recovery persists: the ability of HIV to conceal itself within the body, away from antiretroviral treatments. At Institut Cochin in Paris, Morgane Bomsel and her team are working to discover and describe these « hiding places » to enable the development of novel […]

  • Published on: 06/02/2023
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Nicolas L’Heureux: Artificial Blood Vessels That Are 100% Biological 

Recipient of a European Research Council grant in 2022 for his project to develop artificial tissues in the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, Nicolas L’Heureux, director of the Tissue Bioengineering Laboratory in Bordeaux, has worked for twenty years to design artificial vessels that are impermeable, resistant, and contain no synthetic products. What research can be […]

  • Published on: 06/01/2023
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Olivier Delattre, 2022 Grand Prize 

Better diagnosis, innovative treatments, the research into childhood cancers by Olivier Delattre – a full-time researcher but a pediatrician at heart – has paid off. His insatiable curiosity and tenacity in unraveling the mysteries of these diseases have earned him the Grand Prize. Once a pediatrician, always a pediatrician « Back when I was choosing what to […]

  • Published on: 06/12/2022
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