12.14.16 By Sanofi Le Hub
The 5th annual Sanofi – Institut Pasteur Awards were presented on December 13, recognizing scientists whose innovative research has contributed to progress in global public health.
Although a uniquely French alliance, the Sanofi – Institut Pasteur Awards take a global approach to honoring researchers who advance life sciences research in major public health issues.
The 2016 awards focused on four key fields of research: immunology, neglected tropical diseases, drug resistance, and neurosciences, areas that are paramount to public health.
As in previous years, a distinguished 11-member Jury featuring some of the world’s leading scientists – including Professor Peter Agre, the 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate for Chemistry, Professor Jules Hoffmann, the 2011 Nobel Laureate for Medicine, and , Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, the 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, selected the Laureates.
The Jury considered applications from several dozen scientists worldwide. Excellence in research, impact on human health, and the ability to advance science were the three main points of consideration for each applicant.
“This award encourages the laureates to continue their research, while also thanking them for what they have already accomplished,” explains Jury president, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, the 2009 Nobel laureate for Medicine.
“It also highlights areas of research that are rarely rewarded – that of tropical neglected diseases. It is important that such international awards exist for science and for humanity,” she said.
The winners and their teams this year shared €400,000 in prize money designed to not only reward their research, but to also inspire future work.
“At a time when health scourges are threatening particularly the poorest populations, these awards must contribute to the advancement of science for the benefit of the health of all,” says Elias Zerhouni, President, Global Research & Development at Sanofi
“This strong and historic partnership with the Institut Pasteur illustrates the scientific and medical value created by interweaving academic research and industry research, and how it’s essential to innovate to meet the challenges posed in health,” he said.
Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit foundation dedicated to preventing and treating diseases. It specializes in the study of biology, microorganisms, diseases, and the development of vaccines – work that can revolutionize healthcare. Sanofi has been working with the Institut Pasteur since 1976.
International Senior award
Field: Drug Resistance
Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology at the Institut Pasteur
Awarded for his outstanding contributions to understanding the genetical and biochemical mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, and the clinical impact of this resistance.
International Mid-career Award
Head of Mucosal Immunology in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Awarded for research into host microbe interactions in tissues. Her team discovered fundamental mechanisms that promote the persistence of microbes in tissues and demonstrated that the intestinal and cutaneous microbiota plays a crucial role in the immune response to pathogens.
National Junior Award
Field: Neglected tropical diseases
Research Director at INSERM and team leader at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, Toulouse
Awarded for contributions to innovative studies in the design and pharmacological evaluation of drug candidates against the Plasmodium parasite (malaria).
National Junior awards
Field: Neglected tropical diseases
Director of Research, NCSR, the Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology of Toulouse
Awarded for innovative research into tuberculosis that combines cell biology, microbiology and immunology.
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