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The François Jacob Institute of Biology held its
first Science Day on 21 November at the Cité internationale universitaire de
Paris. Developed to permit an exchange of knowledge across fields of expertise,
the day included conferences, discussions and a roundtable.
After an introduction provided jointly by Director of Fundamental Research Elsa Cortijo and Francois Jacob Chief Reiner Veitia, the day continued in distinct morning, afternoon and closing sessions.
In the morning, the participants had the opportunity to discover the work of two renowned invitees:
Pascal Barbry of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology provided a presentation entitled "Toward an atlas of the human lung at the crossroads of cellular biology, genomics and medicine," and William Vainchenker of the Gustave Roussy Institute spoke on the theme of "From normal hematopoiesis to myeloproliferative neoplasms."
Thereafter, the participants took advantage of a poster session to (re)discover the various projects of the institute's teams (51 in all), covering such key subjects as radiobiology, radiotoxicology, biomedical & preclinical research and human & environmental genomics.
In the afternoon, a roundtable entitled "Stem cells, organoids and animal experimentation: realities, contributions, complementaries & perspectives" was facilitated by Alexeï Grinbaum (CEA-Irfu/LARSIM). Marco Mendoza (SysFate/Genoscope), Xavier Gidrol (CEA-Irig/ Biomics) and Anselme Perrier (MIRCen) were by his side to launch the debate, presenting both the key concepts and their work on pluripotent stem cells, organoids and available analytical tools. Silvia Vincent-Naulleau (IRCM) and Caroline Manet (IDMIT) spoke after the roundtable on the use of animal models in preclinical research. And finally, Inserm Ethics Committee President Hervé Chneiweiss addressed the range of ethics issues associated with the discussed subjects.
The day was brought to a close by François Jacob Assistant Director Simone Mergui, who provided a discussion on the issues raised by the transversal and transdisciplinary themes composing the day's agenda. This first Science Day met all of its objectives and laid a clear path for the equally rich ones to come.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.