20 French and US PhDs, during the third FADEx edition
25 March 2016
On March 25th, 2016 the University of Angers has welcomed 20 French and US PhDs, during the third FADEx edition on the subject of Nanoparticles for Medicine. This has been made possible thanks to the Erasmus Mundus NanoFar program for which the MINT laboratory has been receiving subsidies from the European Commission.
The FADEx delegation, run by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, aims to enhance scientific exchanges between American and French Ph.D. students working in the same field of research in order to encourage the development of French-American collaborations. This program also serves as an opportunity for American students to better understand the French research system.
For 3 years now, FADEx has given PhDs the opportunity to present their work to their peers in an international conference setting. Students are also invited to attend lectures given by experts in their area of research.
20 PhDs both from American and French Universities (namely from the universities of Angers and Nantes) have been selected to participate in this ‘Tour de France’ of nanomedicine’s major players for which the University of Angers is particularly proud to be part of.
Following a two day seminar at Clinatec in Grenoble, the delegation came to Angers to visit the IBS (Biology and Health Institute) and more specifically the MINT (Micro and Nanomedicine Biomimetic) laboratory.
Françoise Grolleau, vice-president for International at the University of Angers has welcomed the delegation, and Prof. Frank Boury has then given a short presentation of NanoFar, the successful Erasmus Mundus Program in international nanomedicine. Dr. Emmanuel Garcion raised the issue of Nanomedicine for loco-regional brain tumor treatment. Prof. Pierre Weiss has given an overview of Bioregate, integrate regional project in regenerative medicine.
The group then visited the MINT laboratory and its advanced equipment of the Service of imaging and microscopic analysis (Sciam).
Later in the day, the delegation was transferred to the interregional cluster Atlanpole Biothérapies and the laboratoire d'Ingénierie Ostéo-Articulaire et Dentaire (LIOAD) in Nantes which are also partners of the NanoFar program. Students could visit the premises of Atlantic Bio GMP as well as Arronax and discover the operation of a production platform for advanced therapy medicinal products and the cyclotron.
Welcoming the FADEx delegation, which has been made possible through NanoFar’s funding program, has been a unique opportunity for the University of Angers to develop new collaborations with American universities and to increase its visibility at an international level.