Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #59 – February 2015




The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to invite you to the following events happening this February ! This month, we have a lot of upcoming deadlines for applications, programs, and funds. Apply today !

February 25, 2015 - Save The Date ! – The Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles and the Alliance Française of Pasadena are co-organizing, with Caltech’s support, a Café des Sciences. This seminar will take place February 25, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Hameetman Auditorium of the Cahill Center at Caltech. Professor Lognonné and Doctor Banerdt will be presenting the project InSight. We hope to see you there to learn more about Franco-American space collaborations ! RSVP by sending an email to afdepasadena@earthlink.net.

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.

February 15, 2015 !! The Partner University Fund application deadline is approaching ! This fund, collaborating between the French government, American private donors, and the FACE Foundation, 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.

February 28, 2015 !! On Saturday, February 28, Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona is hosting a Symposium : From Molecules to Mind from 9 AM - 1 PM. The symposium will feature many prominent speakers such as Jean-Pierre Changeux (Pasteur Institute), Alcino Silva (UCLA), Larry Swanson (USC), and Gary Lynch (UCI). For more information, click here.

February 28, 2015 ! – 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 have been extended, now closing on February 28, 2015. And thank you to everyone who came to the successful kick off gathering in West Los Angeles on the 29th of January ! Click here for more information or to apply to the Challenge.

April 19, 2015 The deadline for applications to the “Life Sciences : inventing – creating – having fun 2015” call for projects is April 19, 2015. This program, funded by the Office for Science and Technology, hopes to encourage students and researchers to participate in Life Sciences competitions between the United States and France, as well as to initiate collaborations between French and American scientists and to promote scientific research and practice. Apply today !

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



January 05, 2015 : Imaginary meal" tricks the body into losing weight

Salk researchers have developed an entirely new type of pill that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat. The compound effectively stopped weight gain, lowered cholesterol, controlled blood sugar and minimized inflammation in mice, making it an excellent candidate for a rapid transition into human clinical trials.

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January 07, 2015 : Scientists at UCLA develop method to define stages of stem cell reprogramming

In a study that provides scientists with a critical new understanding of stem cell development and its role in disease, UCLA researchers led by Kathrin Plath, have established a first-of-its-kind methodology that defines the stages by which specialized cells are reprogrammed into stem cells resembling those found in embryos.

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January 08, 2015 : The food chain stops here

A USC scientist digs up information on global climate change by studying oceanic ecosystems and bacteria

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January 12, 2015 : UCLA scientists use ‘NanoVelcro’ and temperature control to extract tumor cells from blood

An international group led by scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute has developed a new method for effectively extracting and analyzing cancer cells circulating in patients’ blood.

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January 15, 2015 : Century-Old Drug Reverses Autism-like Symptoms in Fragile X Mouse Model

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect 1 to 2 percent of children in the United States. Hundreds of genetic and environmental factors have been shown to increase the risk of ASD. Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine previously reported that a drug used for almost a century to treat trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, reversed environmental autism-like symptoms in mice.

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January 16, 2015 : Two scientists seek to stop cancer in its tracks

Heinz-Josef Lenz and Min Yu know that a cancer cell in motion doesn’t stay in motion. It comes to rest and spreads cancer.

After detaching from the primary tumor and traveling through the blood stream, circulating tumor cells take up residence in distant organs, seeding new metastatic tumors. Metastasis is the leading cause of cancer-related death.

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January 21, 2015 : UCSD Study Shows Why Protein Mutations Lead to Familial Form of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, have shown for the first time why protein mutations lead to the familial form of Parkinson’s disease.

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January 21, 2015 : Scans detect aging brain issues linked to dementia

USC neuroscientists may have unlocked another puzzle to preventing risks that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

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January 22, 2015 : UCLA and CASIS to collaborate on International Space Station study of possible therapy for bone loss

UCLA has received grant funding from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to lead a research mission that will send rodents to the International Space Station. The mission will allow astronauts on the space station and scientists on Earth to test a potential new therapy for accelerating bone growth in humans.

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January 22, 2015 : Enzymes Believed to Promote Cancer Actually Suppress Tumors

Upending decades-old dogma, a team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say enzymes long categorized as promoting cancer are, in fact, tumor suppressors and that current clinical efforts to develop inhibitor-based drugs should instead focus on restoring the enzymes’ activities.

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January 07, 2015 : NIH teams with industry to develop treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C disease

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have entered into an agreement with biotechnology company Vtesse, Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, to develop treatments for Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) and other lysosomal storage disorders.

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January 19, 2015 : Brain recalls old memories via new pathways

People with anxiety disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), often experience prolonged and exaggerated fearfulness. Now, an animal study suggests that this might involve disruption of a gradual shifting of brain circuitry for retrieving fear memories. Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered in rats that an old fear memory is recalled by a separate brain pathway from the one originally used to recall it when it was fresh.

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January 28, 2015 : NIH-funded study uncovers range of molecular alterations in head and neck cancers, new potential drug targets

Investigators with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network have discovered genomic differences — with potentially important clinical implications — in head and neck cancers caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States, and the number of HPV-related head and neck cancers has been growing. Almost every sexually active person will acquire HPV at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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January 16, 2015 : Inserm is launching a development programme for a new generation vaccine strategy against the Ebola virus

A clinical trial project, coordinated by Inserm, involving the testing of a preventive vaccine against Ebola has been selected by the European Commission. The protocol plans to include participants throughout Europe and Africa to evaluate immune response and tolerance to a vaccine strategy named “prime boost”, based on the use of two candidate vaccines developed by Janssen, a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson.

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January 19, 2015 : A new MOOC invites the general public to discover a stem cell culture laboratory

University of Nantes, Inserm and Thinkovery have joined forces to produce a new kind of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Alternating as it does between theory and practice, “Ouvrez les portes du laboratoire : cellules et cellules souches,” (Open the laboratory doors : cells and stem cells) invites members of the public to discover, by means of enriched video content, the actual work done by researchers at Université de Nantes, Inserm and CNRS. From 16 March 2015, all Internet users will thus be able to understand how and why researchers grow stem cells in the laboratory, and will be able to attend a course on cell biology.

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January 26, 2015 : Brain and spatial attention : Can the left hemisphere compensate for a lesion in the right hemisphere ?

Dr Paolo Bartolomeo, Inserm Research Director and head of the PICNIC LAB (1) team at the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (ICM, an Institute supervised by Inserm, CNRS and UPMC) and his collaborators have published the results of their research on “unilateral spatial neglect,” also known by the term “hemineglect,” in the journal Brain. People with this disorder act as if they did not know about the left side of their world. This disorder occurs primarily after an injury to the right cerebral hemisphere, for example following a stroke (cerebrovascular accident or CVA), and exacerbates the resulting disability by impeding rehabilitation and recovery. The scientists therefore searched for factors predicting the persistence of this disorder, in order to offer patients appropriate rehabilitation.

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Glucocorticoid induced TNFR family related (GITR) in anti-viral immunity
February 3, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Health Sciences Ctr. - Room 13-105
Featured Speaker : Tania Watts, Ph.D., Director, Toronto Human Immunology Network Professor and Sanofi Pasteur Chair in Human Immunology, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto
More Information : http://happenings.ucla.edu/all/event/147373

Can California’s Water Ever Be Sustainable ?
February 5, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
More Information : http://happenings.ucla.edu/all/event/148750

UC San Diego

Dart NeuroScience - TDLC Seminar
February 04, 2015 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sanford Consortium - Duane J. Roth Auditorium, 2880
Featured Speaker : Nobel Laureate Dr. John O’Keefe
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=108567&iSubCatID=&iRoomID=

11th Annual Moores Cancer Center Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium
February 26, 2015 – 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Moores Cancer Center
More Information : https://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=58036&iSubCatID=&iRoomID=


Global Health & Social Innovation at TOMS, One for One®
February 10, 2015 – 12:00 PM
University Park Campus Ronald Tutor Campus Center, The Forum TCC 450
Featured Speaker : Shira Shafir, Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS
More Information and to RSVP : https://www.usc.edu/calendar/event/913708

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Development and Reprogramming of Neuronal Diversity in the Neocortex
February 6, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
Trustee’s Room
Featured Speaker : Paola Arlotta, Harvard University
More Information : http://www.salk.edu/events/scientific_seminars.html

Live and let die : Regulation of immunity in plants
February 12, 2015 - 4:00 p.m.
Trustee’s Room
Featured Speaker : Xinnian Dong, Duke University
More Information : http://www.salk.edu/events/scientific_seminars.html

Mechanisms of Replication-coupled DNA Repair
February 18, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
Trustees’ Room
Featured Speaker : Johannes Walter, Harvard Medical School
More Information :http://www.salk.edu/events/scientific_seminars.html

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

Distiguished Lecture Series : “The Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for Treating Various Types of Viral Diseases, Cancers and Inflammatory Disorders”
February 12, 2015 – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Green Hospital
Featured Speaker : Dennis Liotta, Ph.D., Executive Director Emory Institute for Drug Development (EIDD)/Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University

Natural Killer Cells in Viral Immunity
February 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Featured Speaker : Lewis Lanier, Ph.D., American Cancer Society Research Professor & Chair, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, University of California, San Francisco


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