Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #50 - May 2014




This is our 50th Newsletter ! We would like to thank all the people who contributed to the Los Angeles scientific newsletter since 2010 : interns, deputy Science Attachés and Science Attachés.

We are excited to announce two Cafés des Sciences over the next two months. The Office for Science and Technology in Los Angeles, Desert Academy, and Santa Fe Accueil invite you to a Café des Sciences on Thursday, May 22 where Dr. Agnès Cousin will present "ChemCam : On board Curiosity on Mars". The following month on June 10, the Alliance Française of Denver and the Office of Science and Technology of Los Angeles will also host another Café des Sciences where Val Albors Laine will be giving the presentation “The Demystification of the Science of Rock Mechanics.” On June 20 at 5:30 PM the documentary “Tour de France de LaBiotech”, will be screened as part of the Cine-Sciences series. The event will take place in Roth Auditorium, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla.

May 23 is the deadline for the French American Biotech Symposium (FABS). The Office for Science and Technology (OST) is currently searching for a French partner to co-organize the 2015-2016 edition of the French American Biotech Symposium (FABS). Please visit http://www.france-science.org/Appel-a-projet-French-American,2558.html. More information below Information about other upcoming events and ongoing competitions can be found toward the end of this newsletter or online at www.France-Science.org.

Finally, this will be Gregory Disse’s last newsletter as an Intern for the Office of Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. We would like to thank Greg for all his work and we wish to welcome Kyle Costenbader as the new intern for the Office for Science and Technology.

Gregory Disse, Science and Technology Intern
Kyle Costenbader, 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 May 2014 newsletter, please scroll down. You can also register here to receive emails about events organized by the OST LA.




April 2, 2014 : Team Identifies Novel Biomarker for Head and Neck Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

A new biomarker discovered by team from The Scripps Research Institute could help scientists develop new diagnostics and therapies for patients with head and neck cancers and non-small cell lung cancer.

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April 4, 2014 : Scientists Generate 3D Structure for the Malaria Parasite Genome

For the first time the 3D architecture of a parasite has been generated during the progression of its life cycle. Understanding the spatial organization of chromosomes is essential to comprehend the regulation of gene expression. Understanding parasite architecture may allow researchers to disrupt parasite development.

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April 7, 2014 : Scientists reveal potential link between brain development and breast cancer gene

A 10-year study at the Salk Institute uncovered a link between brain development and the BRCA1 gene whose mutation is tied to breast and ovarian cancer. A mutation in the BRCA1 gene results in neuron disorientation and can explain why some women with breast cancer also experience brain seizures. This knowledge could help identify breast cancer-susceptible patients.

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April 7, 2014 : Breakthrough therapy allows four paraplegic men to voluntarily move their legs.

A new study conducted by researches from the University of Louisville, UCLA, and The Pavlov institute of Physiology allows paralyzed patients to move their legs via electrical stimulation of the spinal cord.

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April 9, 2014 : Bone Marrow Stem Cells Show Promise In Stroke Treatment, UCI team finds.

Research analysis reveals that bone marrow stem cells trigger repair mechanisms and limit inflammation during stroke.

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April 10, 2014 : Antennae Help Flies “Cruise” In Gusty Winds.

Researchers at Caltech uncover a mechanism for how fruit flies regulate their flight speed, using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae.

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April 10, 2014 : Team Solves Decades-Old Mystery of How Cells Keep from Bursting

A team of scientists at the Scripps Research Institute has identified a protein that regulates cell volume to prevent excessive swelling. Findings may lead to new insights into immune deficiency, stroke, and diabetes.

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April 11, 2014 : Promising drug doubles positive effect in hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.

Breast cancer researchers from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Care Center identified the drug Palbociclib that shows activity against estrogen-receptor-positive cancer cells. Final clinical results show that the amount of time patients were on treatment without their cancer worsening was doubled in women who took the experimental drug.

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April 14, 2014 : Stem cell research findings may lead to osteoporosis, bone tissue treatments

A new study reveals that stem cells in bone marrow require hydrogen sulfide in order to form new bone tissue and direct calcium. New treatments for osteoporosis may rely on this molecule.

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April 16, 2014 : Mutant Protein in Muscle Linked to Neuromuscular Disorder

A mutant protein in muscle cells may be responsible for an inherited neuromuscular disorder that has long been considered to be affliction of primary motor neurons. This may suggest an alternative avenue of treatment for a condition that is currently incurable.

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April 23, 2014 : Sensors May Keep Hospitalized Patients From Falling

To keep hospitalized patients safer, University of Arizona researchers are working on new technology that involves a small, wearable sensor that measures a patient’s activity, heart rate, wakefulness and other biometrics – data that can predict a fall before it happens.

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April 10, 2014 : Too Much Protein May kill Brain Cells As Parkinson’s Progresses

A mutation in the LRRK2 gene may be a leading cause of Parkinson’s disease. The mutation may cause cell death due to an over expression of a protein that phosphorylates ribosomal proteins. This could lead to future strategies to cure the disease.

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April 16, 2014 : Eavesdropping on Brain Cell Chatter

Astrocytes, star shaped glial cells in the brain, may play a role in communication. These cells experience a rapid influx in calcium when nearby neurons are stimulated by neurotransmitters.

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April 17, 2014 : Jump-starting natural resilience reverses stress susceptibility

Depression-like behavior may be inhibited by excessive stimulation of the same neuronal pathways that cause stress and depression.

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April 14, 2014 : Obesity : are lipids are drugs for the brain ??

A team at the Biologie Fonctionelle and Adaptive laboratory (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) has demonstrated that triglycerides, fatty substances from foods, may act in our brains directly on the reward circuit, the same circuit that is involved in drug addiction.

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April 10, 2014 : Chikungunya raises concern in the Americas

In December 2013 an outbreak of chikungunya was reported after a severe epidemic struck the West Indies. Scientists fear that some large events set to take place in South America in the coming months, particularly the FIFA World Cup, will increase viral dissemination and hasten an extensive outbreak in the region.

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April 17, 2014 : Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair

Nanotechnology may be used one day to close deep wounds and perform other surgeries. The new technology uses the principle of adsorption to essentially glue biological tissues together with nanoparticles.

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Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
"Integration of Lipid Metabolism and Inflammation by Nuclear Receptors"
May 8 – 12:00 pm
Andrus Gerontology Center room 224
Featured Speaker : Dr. Peter Tontonoz, UCLA
More Information : https://www.usc.edu/calendar/event/907414


Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series
From Nature to the Pharmacy : The Chemistry Behind Modern Medicines
May 7, 2014– 8:00pm
Beckman Auditorium
Featured Speaker : Sarah E. Reisman


Science Saturdays Series
Believing Isn’t Always Seeing : How Hidden Brain Biases Influence Your Behavior
May 10, 2014– 2:00pm
Beckman Auditorium
Featured Speaker : Nicolette Sullivan

UC Irvine

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
Making Lasting Memories
May 16 – 4:00pm
Biological Sciences 3 Lecture Hall
Featured Speaker : James L. McGaugh, Ph.D., Research Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
Reservations required


Science and Music Series
May 18 – 4:00pm
Salk Auditorium
Featured Performers : Feign Fei Dong
Featured Speaker : Clodagh O’Shea, Molecular and Cell biology Lab
More information : music@salk.edu or (858) 453-4100 ext 2098

French American Biotech Symposium (FABS) Call for Project – Deadline 23 May 2014

The Office for Science and Technology (OST) is currently searching for a French partner to co-organize the 2015-2016 edition of the French American Biotech Symposium (FABS). Since 2008, the OST has organized a new type of Franco-American one to two-day workshop, centered on the research of these two countries and organizing exchanges and collaborations between the two. Previous co-organizers have included LyonBiopole and Eurobiomed, with symposium themes including approaches to infectious diseases, aging, and other subjects on health and medicine.

More information about the event, the post, and the application process can be found at : http://www.france-science.org/Appel-a-projet-French-American,2558.html

The International Exhibition of Innovation and Competitiveness – 16-18 September 2014 – Toulouse, France

The first international cross-cutting forum dedicated to generic technologies and their applications

From September 16 to 18, 2014, the first edition of the Innovation Connecting Show will bring together more than 700 international exhibitors of breakthrough innovations and an expected 20,000 visitors at the Parc des Expositions in Toulouse. As a “technopolis” of knowledge, the “Pink City” will raise the banner of international competitiveness, imagining key generic technologies meeting application challenges

The Innovation Connecting Show promotes tomorrow’s breakthrough technologies, which are the key element of competitiveness and growth for businesses. ICS is a place for "product", "service" and "process" innovations to meet with their future application markets. As such, it aims to promote pioneering partnerships and transfers between sectors, through the development and demonstration of key generic technologies - a global market expected to grow 8% by 2015 – reaching 1 trillion euros.

By extension, the ICS will be a vector of synergies between pioneering businesses, training and research centers, territorial institutions, the French state, Europe and large international institutions. Centralized into 14 sectors, these pioneering businesses and their private and institutional partners will be grouped by business clusters, and by French and international clusters. The 20 000 visitors expected during the show will be able to discover them in one of the 400 booths. 1,000 global innovation leaders invited to the event from all around the globe.
Website : www.ics-show.com/


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