French Ambassador to the United States visits UCLA

Mr François Delattre, Ambassador of France in the United States, came to Los Angeles for an official visit on Thursday, November 29th 2012. The Office for Science and Technology organized a meeting with the executive board of the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as with leading scientists from this prestigious university.

The French delegation, including Mr François Delattre, Ambassador of France in the United States, Mr Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, and Dr Fabien Agenès, Attaché for Science and Technology, headed to the Broad Stem Cell Research Center (BSCRC) of UCLA, on Thursday, November 29th, 2012, in order to meet with Professor James Economou, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA, Professor Owen Witte, Director of the BSCRC, and Professors Bruno Péault, Antoni Ribas, Marie-Françoise Chesselet, Chia Soo et Claire Lugassy.



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Mr Fançois Delattre, Ambassador of France in the United States, Prof. Owen Witte, Director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center (BSCRC, UCLA), Mr Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, and Dr Fabien Agenès, Attaché for Science and Technology, arriving at the BSCRC. (© Shirley Moirin / Consulate General of France in Los Angeles 2012)


The meeting provided both delegations with the opportunity to share their insights on the recent findings made in the field of stem cell research, as well as on the therapeutic applications of such findings and the clinical trials which arise from research projects in this area. Hence, the potential of stem cells seems limitless: regenerative medicine, treatment of currently incurable diseases and new drug development.



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Meeting between the French delegation and researchers working at the BSCRC of UCLA: fundamental research projects on stem cells and their therapeutic applications. (© Shirley Moirin / Consulate General of France in Los Angeles 2012)


His Excellency the Ambassador of France stated his interest in fundamental research, clinical research, innovation and industrial applications which follow new scientific and technological discoveries.

Professors Witte and Economou emphasized the importance of supporting translational research projects, which bring together teams from different fields of expertise (scientific, medical and technical) to work on a same project, in order to minimize the time lag between a new fundamental research discovery and its application to patients hospitalized at UCLA.

Translational projects allow scientists to obtain immediate feedback on new advancements in fundamental research, and to fully appreciate the potential of new discoveries for medical practice and for the development of new treatments.



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Prof. James Economou, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA, Prof. Owen Witte, Director of the BSCRC, and Mr François Delattre, Ambassador of France in the United States, on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at UCLA. (© Shirley Moirin / Consulate General of France in Los Angeles 2012)


Professors Ribas and Péault presented their research projects to the French delegation, on hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells respectively. These two researchers hope to develop new treatments against melanomas (skin cancer) and new therapies for the regeneration of the cardiac muscle.

These research projects are being carried out in collaboration with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center of UCLA.

Furthermore, the members of the French delegation visited several research and high-technology laboratories of UCLA, where they were able to witness live scientific practice: cultivation of iPs stem cells originating from skin cells and innovative cellular injection technique “photohermal nanoblade”.



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His Excellency the Ambassador of France and the Consul General of France in Los Angeles visiting UCLA’s high-technology laboratories. Demonstration of the innovative cellular injection technique “photothermal nanoblade”. (© Shirley Moirin / Consulate General of France in Los Angeles 2012)


The visit of the Ambassador of France and the Consul General of France in Los Angeles to UCLA and the BSCRC confirms the importance that our country gives to research and innovation.

France, through programs like YEi and “Say Oui to France, Say oui to Innovation”, supports and follows American researchers and entrepreneurs in their objective to move to France, in order to join an ever-growing international community of researchers-entrepreneurs living in France.



Authors: Aurelie Perthuison / Fabien Agenès



French delegation:

- Mr François Delattre, Ambassador of France in the United States of America
- Mr Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles
- Dr Fabien Agenès, Attaché for Science and Technology
- Ms Aurelie Perthuison, Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology
- Mr Benjamin Maftoul, Press Attaché
- Ms Shirley Moirin, Press Attachée


UCLA/BSCRC delegation:

- Professor James Economou, Vice Chancellor for Research, UCLA
- Professor Owen Witte, Director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center (BSCRC)
- Doctor Steve Peckman, Associate Director of the BSCRC
- Professor Marie-Françoise Chesselet, Chair of Neurobiology, UCLA
- Professor Bruno Péault, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UCLA
- Professor Antoni Ribas, Professor of Medical Research, UCLA
- Professor Chia Soo, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UCLA
- Professor Claire Lugassy, Associate Professor of Pathology, UCLA


For more information on the French delegation:

- Embassy of France in the United States
- Consulate General of France in Los Angeles
- Office for Science and Technology


For more information on stem cell research at UCLA:

- Broad Stem Cell Research Center
- UCLA
- The Broad Foundation
- Professor Bruno Péault: here and here
- Professor Antoni Ribas: here and here


To learn more about programs supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in France:

- Say oui to France, Say oui to Innovation
- YEi, Young Entrepreneurs Initiative

Dernière modification : 09/12/2013

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