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In the May 2022 issue, discover our special feature called Digitalhealth: Can We Predict Everything?
These days, digital tools are able to capture very subtle signals on different scales: in the functioning of an organism, the behavior of a population, or in our environment. Thanks to the analysis of big data, researchers are now aiming to formulate predictions about the development, spread, and progression of diseases. The outcome? More effective public health interventions and more personalized treatments. While the possibilities appear to be endless, the devil is in the detail. What can we really predict and prevent using health data at present? What are the effective and tangible applications for artificial intelligence? Are we not overestimating the benefits? Here we take a look at the knowledge and uncertainties... so that the opacity of digital technology is nothing more than a distant cloud.

Published on: 10/06/2022
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Aude Bernheim: Researcher and Activist 

In addition to being a microbiology and genetics specialist, what sets Aude Bernheim apart is her strong commitment to effecting change. When she is not tracking the similarities between bacterial and human immunity, the young researcher is working to erase the differences between the treatment of men and women in science. Researcher, activist, author. At […]

Published on: 09/06/2022
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Aude Bernheim

Neuroimmunology: The Great Brainstorming! 

At the Center of Immunology Marseille-Luminy, Réjane Rua and her co-workers are furthering knowledge of the mechanisms that protect our brain. They are studying the properties and functions of newly discovered sentinel cells in our meninges. Just 5 years ago, a discovery was made that has profoundly modified our understanding of brain protection: the meninges, the […]

Published on: 09/06/2022
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Réjane Rua observe les cellules de méninges de souris en microscopie confocale

Muscle Diseases: Jean-Baptiste Dupont Innovates with Alternative Study Models 

In Nantes, Jean-Baptiste Dupont is developing in vitro models of human muscles using cells from patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The researcher has two goals: improve the study of this hereditary muscle disease and test gene therapies in development – both thanks to organoids that will enable more reliable observations than those obtained using the […]

Published on: 12/05/2022
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Camille Berthelot: « Understanding the Origin of Menstruation Could Help Treat Endometriosis » 

Rare are the animal species that menstruate. Camille Berthelot, Inserm research associate at Institut Pasteur, is comparing the genomes of different species to identify the genes responsible for menstruation and – potentially – the factors that cause endometriosis. Menstruation is a characteristic of a few rare mammals: humans, some other primates, some bats, and one […]

Published on: 31/03/2022
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Benjamin Chousterman Tackles Sepsis 

Benjamin Chousterman is an anesthesiologist, lecturer and researcher. And what do these activities all have in common? The answer is sepsis – the final stage of infection that leads to failure of the vital organs. Chousterman treats patients with this severe condition and in parallel studies the immune mechanisms that cause it. A recipient of […]

Published on: 15/03/2022
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José-Alain Sahel: His Relentless Combat to Preserve Vision 

Why do some people lose their central vision? How can we preserve or restore it? These are two of the questions that have guided the career of José-Alain Sahel, and to which he has already provided many elements of response. A determination recently rewarded in Berlin with the Science Breakthrough of the Year in Life […]

Published on: 03/02/2022
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Alzheimer’s: Discovering an Experimental Village 

A gentle wind blowing through the trees, the smell of fresh coffee wafting through the air, the sound of a swing creaking in the village square, a donkey braying in the distance… This simple and everyday setting is actually anything but! We are in the heart of the Village Landais, a pioneering scientific project that […]

Published on: 28/01/2022
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Photographie de la place du village landais, avec un préau équipé de tables et de chaises, dans un environnement verdoyant.

InterAging: A New Boost for Research into Aging 

On the strength of its national initiatives, Inserm has recently launched an international collaboration program to reinforce knowledge in the field of aging... The objective being twofold: to understand how our cells age and to provide new avenues for staying healthy for longer. Is aging a partially programmed process or the result of chaotic events […]

Published on: 17/01/2022
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Development: Awakening to the World Through Touch 

Even before birth, touch is the preferred sense for babies to discover their environment. From the fourth week of pregnancy, certain touch receptors are already emerging: it is the first sensory capacity to appear in the fetus, and the foundation on which the child will develop its relationship with the world through the senses. Touch […]

Published on: 16/12/2021
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Une chercheuse à son ordinateur, avec un enfant équipé d’un bonnet d’électrodes qui permet de suivre son activité cérébrale