Again this year we had the annual FR-lab BBQ. As you can see we had a full table! We even had a special guest, our former RF-lab boss, Jean-Loup Bascands no doing his research in La Reunion.

Again this year the RF-lab received high school students in their laboratory. The operation “Destination Labo” gives annual opportunity for school to come discover the world of biomedical research and exchange with researchers, engineers and technicians on their job in order to refine their career plans and encourage vocations. A window on the usually impenetrable places! On May 25, 2018, the highschool students learned about the kidney, they have been looking at cells and they determined the protein concentration in urine ! Here some snapshots:    

CaReSyAn (CArdioREnal SYndrome ANalysis) will train young scientists to combat cardiovascular burden in chronic kidney disease by providing them with excellent scientific, technological and complementary skills to generate innovative insights in the pathology of the cardiorenal syndrome, and translate these into innovative clinical products. Ultimately, this will improve diagnosis as well as therapy of the cardiorenal syndrome and reduce the socio-economic burden of this disease. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) exhibit a massively increased risk for cardiovascular events: 50% of patients with CKD stage 4-5 suffer from cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cardiovascular mortality accounts for ~40-50% of all deaths in patients with CKD stage 4 as wellRead More →

The RF-lab tradition was again honored at the end of 2017 with the classical Xmas dinner. This year we decided to first engage in massive physical exercise: bowling!!! After such physical activity we enjoyed (and deserved!) the excellent Christmas dinner. During the dinner presents brought by Santa were exchanged!   Happy 2018 !!   Ps, check out the movie:    

Our research center the I2MC organized this year the first official Halloween party and a contest. Ophélie of the RF-lab got the first prize for her cemetery cake. Congrats Ophélie!

This year again the RF-lab was present at the kidney-week, this time held in New Orleans. We presented two posters and one oral presentation. Julie Klein gave an excellent oral presentation during the Saturday afternoon (4/11) session “Pediatric Nephrology and Developmental Biology” on our work on amniotic fluid peptides predictive of post-natal renal function in fetuses with CAKUT. The importance of the work was exemplified by a tweet from one of the spectators and the many interesting questions. We also presented two posters: Valerie Brunchault presented 1 poster entitled “A first assessment of urinary peptide biomarkers predictive of cardiovascular complications in children with chronic kidney disease” which attracted a lotRead More →

Yet another PhD student got his PhD in the RF-lab. Daniel Borras defended with virtuosity his thesis entitled “ The use of sequencing technologies for the better understanding of molecular determinants in renal diseases”. The thesis was carried out in close collaboration with Prof Bart Janssen from GenomeScan in Leiden in the Netherlands and in the context of the ITN network iMODE-CKD (“Clinical and system –omics for the identification of the Molecular DEterminants of established Chronic Kidney Disease”). Congrats Dani and good luck with your postdoctoral research!           ps, excellent Catalan food…!!!!!

The RF lab participated at the science fair in Toulouse called “la nuit des chercheurs” = “the night of the researchers”. We aimed to entertain the younger public. Finally we had ~130 children visiting our stand!! …and we are very proud of that!! They learned where their kidneys were, how much blood is filtered every day, how the kidney separates the useful from the useless, looked at kidneys under a microscope and checked whether a urine sample came from a person with kidney disease.     Check out the movie:    In French the children were attracted by the following text Docteur Pipi et lesRead More →