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 !!

Our assistant professor Colette Denis “Dr Pipi” explains how the kidney works. This Youtube video and live broadcast on Tuesday June 29, 2021, in the context of the inScience programme organised by Inserm, aims to explain to the younger public the “ins-and-outs” of the kidney. Yet another RF-lab production! Follow-us on twitter @Labrenal  

Prof Stanislas Faguer from our team proposed to one of his patients with a very rare kidney disease a novel treatment aiming to compensate the very low levels of a protein called  high density lipoprotein (HDL) in this individual. Treatment with the compound CER-001 stopped further renal function decline and normalised blurred vision. For details see: Annals of Internal Medicine: https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/L20-1300?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%20%200pubmed La Dépeche: https://www.ladepeche.fr/2021/03/16/a-toulouse-une-molecule-oubliee-permet-de-traiter-une-maladie-rare-du-rein-9430980.php          

Despite the current pandemic situation were are very grateful to have obtained funding from a number of societies -AIRG- and -ORKID- and the -Occitanie region-. We really appreciate this. This supports helps us to move forward our translational research in the field of kidney diseases.

On Tuesday December 15, 2020 Camille Fedou defended her thesis. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the jury joined by teleconference but since the day was very well prepared all went without major issues and led to a lively thesis discussion. We would like to thank again the external reviewers: Drs Claire Rigothier, Juliette Hadchouel and Fabiola Terzi. Congratulations Camille !!

The Toulouse region has decided to build a cable car (in the air) to connect the Paul Sabatier University – The CHU Rangueil Hospital – The Oncopole (Cancer institute). See here for details: https://tisseo-collectivites.fr/projets/teleo We have first class seats to follow the construction of one of the 4 pillars.  

The RF-lab is back, in situ, in the lab. Masks in the corridors and labs and less persons/office, a small price to pay. Good to be back !