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The Helmholtz Association and Inserm create 2 joint research laboratories in France
Date:5/27/2011

Inserm and the German Helmholtz Association announce the creation of two Franco-German joint research laboratories to promote interaction between their researchers and to foster the establishment of a new form of cooperation in life sciences and health between the two countries.

The two research laboratories will be set up for an initial period of five years, with an annual funding of 250,000 Euros. The groups, cofinanced by the two institutions, will be located in France, working in close relationship with the two Inserm research centres which offer the most compatible environment and will closely interact with an associated Research Center of the Helmholtz Association. The first will be headed by Julien Marie (Centre de Recherche en Cancrologie, Mixed Research Unit Inserm, Universit Lyon 1-Claude Bernard, CNRS, Centre Lon Brard in Lyons, in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center, DKFZ, in Heidelberg), and the second by Michael Sieweke (Centre d'immunologie Marseille-Luminy /Mixed Research Unit Inserm, Universit Aix-Marseille 2, CNRS, together with the Max Delbrck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin).

At Lyons, one scientific project will investigate how cancer cells escape control by the immune system.

Our bodies are confronted by a dilemma when controlling the immune system. To avoid development of autoimmune diseases, certain cells, which would be harmful to the body if they were too active, need to be "concealed". On the other hand, the system must be sufficiently effective to avoid the growth and harmful actions of dangerous cells such as tumour cells. It is probable that these control mechanisms obey common rules and that tumour cells take advantage of faults in the autoimmune system mechanisms to proliferate within an organism. Understanding the mechanisms by which tumours escape control by the immune system is a genuine public health challenge. The research will be based on the preliminary work carrie
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Contact: Priscille Riviere
presse@inserm.fr
INSERM (Institut national de la sant et de la recherche mdicale)
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