We were lucky, again, with the weather this year for our yearly grill-party. A looooooong table…. Cheers !   Also a long queue of cars parked on the side-walk!       

Friday 11, 2022 was the day that Lucile defended her thesis in front of the CREATED  and the RF-lab. In front of a distinguished jury composed of Prof Isabelle Castan (Toulouse), Dr Benoit Pourcet (Lille), Prof Jean-Mac Chillon (Amiens) and Dr Olivier Meilhac (la Reunion, remote), Lucile give an excellent presentation. This was followed by a lively outstanding discussion with the members of the Jury. Lucile was the first “shared” PhD student between the CREATED  and the RF-lab at the I2MC. After the defense there was a cozy apéritif with snacks, drinks and presents for Lucile. Congrats Lucile !!!!

In between Delta and Omnicron we were able to have our yearly Xmas party (not really “yearly” since Covid spoiled the year 2020 version!!) . The first part, of this December 15, 2021 evening, was a sort of escape game mixed with “Fort Boyard” (no photos allowed, but here is the link if you want to https://prisonisland-toulouse.fr/). The “Yong Yong” team won….because they were younger ??? The evening continued with an excellent meal at “Chez Tonton Chanh”. Here we also exchanged the Xmas presents with a maximum value of 5 euros. Merry Xmas !!!        

On October 18, 2021 Alexis defended his PhD Thesis. The thesis defense was brilliant in-front of a prestigious hybrid Jury composed of Profs Emelie Cornec-Le Gall, Christian Combe and Laurent Mesnard. Congrats Alexis. Enjoy your next 6 months in the Foix hospital !

Ana defended her thesis in front of an international jury logging in at a distance due to the Corona situation. However this did not scare Ana. She did a brilliant job in presenting and defending the thesis. After the defense there was the traditional cocktail and the opening of the presents by Dr Ana. …and in the evening the thesis party in downtown Toulouse. After checking of the “corona pass” finally the masks were dropped leading to a cosy celebration evening.   Congrats Ana !!  

We are very happy to announce that the research of Julie Bellière in the RF-lab will be supported by the French Society of Nephrology and Transplantation (SFNDT). She obtained the  SFNDT research grant 2021 for her studies on acute kidney injury. Congratulations Julie !! The ceremony will be on October 7, 2021 in the conference center “Pierre Baudis” in Toulouse during the yearly -in person (!!) and virtual- SFNDT meeting (www.congres.sfndt.org). Here the photo from the ceremony. Congrats again Julie!!  

We were lucky this year in the yearly national funding rounds organised by the French national research organisation (ANR). Julie Klein obtained one young researchers grant (JCJC) for her studies on cardiovascular complications in chronic kidney disease. The other grant was obtained in collaboration with our colleagues from Montpellier from RD-Néphrologie (https://www.rd-n.org/) for testing to anti-fibrotic drugs in chronic kidney disease in a wide variety of models.

We missed the RF-lab BBQ/Grill in 2020 and we missed the RF-lab Christmas party 2020! Luckily there was a small window for the 2021 RF-lab BBQ/Grill 2021 which was held on July 1rst. A few hours of social time away from the lab. Some ex-RF-lab members joined the fun: Adeline and Ophélie where there as well. Here some pictures…dinner is served !!