In an interview published by "La Provence" on November 30, 2018 Yvon Bertrand, President of Aix-Marseille University, explains that AMU is very proud of its contribution to the field of Artificial Intelligence but also to the development of companies such as "First Light Imaging", VECT-HORUS or Innate-Pharma. They are real success stories from public research.
INP Cytoskeleton and Neurophysiopathology team, together with several leading groups in tau biology, has participated in a joint review of the field that just came out in Acta Neuropathologica Communications. This review summarizes the recent breakthroughs in deciphering the molecular structures, both physiological and pathological, of the elusive protein tau.
Read online (open access) : https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40478-019-0682-x
Title : The elusive tau molecular structures: can we translate the recent breakthroughs into new targets for intervention?
The last work of team 9 "Tau regulates the microtubule-dependent migration of glioblastoma cells via Rho-ROCK signaling pathway" is now published in J. cell. Science. This work identifies for the first time the role and mechanisms implicating the tau protein in the invasion processes of glioblastomas, very aggressive brain tumors. This work highlights the role of the Tau protein as a common target between cancers and neurodegeneration.
Professor of Biophysics and Biomathematics at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Marseille, Hervé Kovacic is elected for a six-year term. Section CNU 85 manages the qualifications, promotions and bonuses of teacher-researchers specializing in physicochemical sciences and applied engineering in health. Doctor Pascale Barbier, also from team 9 of INP has been nominated as a member of the same CNU section.
Jean-Michel Paumier, former PhD student in Team 1 (Neural Plasticity and Degeneration), has successfuly defended his thesis on Wednesday the 05th of December 2018. After few hours of a nice presentation followed by many questions, the examining board congratulated Jean-Michel for his good work and granted him the diploma of doctor in Neuroscience.
On December 6 and 7, 2018, Neuroschool PhD Days took place. In this edition entitled "Through the looking glass: beyond our reality", second-year neuroscience PhD students were invited to present their work.
It is in this context that the 3 PhD students of the INP took part: Laurie Arnaud, Audrey Jacq and Dominika Pilat.
Vect-Horus announced today the signing of a research collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The goal of this collaboration is to use Vect-Horus’ proprietary technology to transport various Janssen monoclonal antibodies to the brain for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. This deal was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation Limited.
The first conference entitled “Alzheimer’s disease, fears and hopes” was given at the meeting of the management boards of the french Vaincre l’Alzheimer and the german Alzheimer Forschung Initiative foundations that was held on November 16th 2018 at the Novotel Hotel Marseille Vieux Port.
The second conference, in the context of the Conferences Cycle of the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona, was entitled “ Membrane type-matrix metalloproteinases are newcomers to the Alzheimer’s field ” ans was held on November 20th at the School of Pharmacy of the University of Barcelona.
Santiago Rivera represented the INP on the 1st Congress of the 7 CoENs (International Neetwork of Centers of Excellence in Neurodegeneration) held in Montpellier on October 18 and 19, 2018, endorsed by AVIESAN: Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Montpellier, Marseille, Paris and Toulouse. He gave a lecture in the CoEN Pathfinder laureates’ session entitled MT-MMPs at the crossroads of amyloidogenesis and neuroinflammation in Alzheimer's disease.
The Emergence project entitled “Tau, from Alzheimer disease to glioblastoma, evolution of a prognostic marker” was selected by the Canceropole PACA to be founded by the GEFLUC (groupement des entreprises françaises dans la lutte contre le cancer). Team 9 has a long-time expertise on Tau and this grant will be used to complete the identification of the kinases responsible for Tau phosphorylation in glioblastoma.
Photo from the GEFLUC
On September 12, over 300 students, teachers, researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs participated in the launch of NeuroSchool, the school that unifies and harmonizes the teachings of the third year of the bachelor's degree (Neuroscience path), the master's degree and the PhD program in neuroscience. Funded by the National Research Agency and the A*Midex Foundation, NeuroSchool will benefit from a funding of approximately 10 million euros (over 10 years).
#EUROTAU 2018 - European scientists involved in Tau research met in Lille to exchange new ideas and hypotheses on physiological and pathological roles of tau proteins (26-27th April 2018). François Devred gave one of the 38 selected talks in which he presented a new reversible oligomerization of tau protein evidenced in INP team 9, which could have a protective physiological role and prevent pathological aggregation of tau in neurodegenerative diseases. Next edition of EuroTau will be in 2020.
Photo © Valérie Buée Scherrer
In the corridor of the Montparnasse-Bienvenüe Station, the CNRS exhibits an amazing fresco of 134 metres long on the most surprising living discoveries of the last 15 years. One of our pictures, featured on the fresco has been selected by the CNRS press office to illustrate a press release entitled "« Étonnant Vivant » : une nouvelle exposition à la station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe"