Professorship in Philosophy of the Medical Sciences

The University of Bordeaux (France) hires a Full Professor in Philosophy of the Medical Sciences. The University of Bordeaux offers a thriving environment for research. It is expected that the recruited Professor will work in Thomas Pradeu’s group, specialized in Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Medicine, and Theoretical Biology and Medicine, within ImmunoConcept, a biomedical… Read more »

What is metaphysics of science? New paper in Synthese by Guay & Pradeu

Right out of the box: how to situate metaphysics of science in relation to other metaphysical approaches Alexandre Guay & Thomas Pradeu Abstract Several advocates of the lively field of “metaphysics of science” have recently argued that a naturalistic metaphysics should be based solely on current science, and that it should replace more traditional, intuition-based,… Read more »

New open access paper on dysbiosis, by Hooks & O’Malley

Hooks K. & O’Malley M. (2017) Dysbiosis and Its Discontents. mBio 8:e01492-17. (Open Access).   Abstract Dysbiosis is a key term in human microbiome research, especially when microbiome patterns are associated with disease states. Although some questions have been raised about how this term is applied, its use continues undiminished in the literature. We investigate… Read more »

“Talents U” award for Thomas Pradeu

“Talents U” highlights talents of the Bordeaux University community. On october 11th, Thomas Pradeu received the 2017 award of “Talents U” in the category “Research and Innovation”.  Motivation: Thomas Pradeu was recently honoured with the Lakatos award. See the description of the event (in french) here. About the Lakatos award: The London School of Economics… Read more »

The autoimmunity group obtained the label “FRM Team”

The autoimmunity group obtained the label “Team FRM” (labellisation de la Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale) to develop the following project: Microparticles (MPs) are vesicular structures derived from multiple cellular sources, involved in the regulation of inflammation, coagulation and healing processes. Their involvement in the pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases is beginning to be recognized. Lupus… Read more »

Lynn Chiu wins the 2017 Werner Callebaut Prize

Lynn Chiu has been awarded the 2017 Werner Callebaut Prize for her essay (co-authored with biologist Scott Gilbert), ‘The Birth of the Holobiont: Multi-species Birthing Through Mutual Scaffolding and Niche Construction’ (Chiu & Gilbert (2015) Biosemiotics, 8: 191-210). The Werner Callebaut Prize is awarded by the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology and… Read more »

Thomas Pradeu wins the 2015 Lakatos Award

The London School of Economics and Political Science is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 and 2016 Lakatos Awards (both attributed in June 2017). The 2015 award goes to Thomas Pradeu of CNRS and the University of Bordeaux for his book The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity (Oxford University Press,… Read more »

Welcoming Dr Maya SALEH

ImmunoConcEpT welcomes Dr Maya Saleh ! Dr. Maya Saleh obtained a Ph. D. in Biochemistry in 2001 from McGill University, where she studied mechanisms of transcriptional regulation in embryonic development. In 2002, she joined Merck Research Laboratories in Montreal to study apoptosis regulation in neurodegeneration and sepsis, and in 2004, moved to the La Jolla… Read more »

Maturation project: Quanti-HLAB

Quanti-HLAB project from ImmunoConcEpT selected for a “maturation process” by the SATT. Aquitaine Science Transfert® is the “Société d’Accélération du Transfert de Technologies de la région Aquitaine” (SATT Aquitaine), created in 2012. The SATT objectives are to promote academic research and improve the process of transferring technology to companies. This year, 6 projects have been… Read more »

Is defining life pointless? New paper by Leonardo Bich & Sara Green

New paper in Synthese Is defining life pointless? Operational definitions at the frontiers of biology http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-017-1397-9 First Online: 18 April 2017 Abstract Despite numerous and increasing attempts to define what life is,there is no consensus on necessary and sufficient conditions for life. Accordingly, some schol- ars have questioned the value of definitions of life and… Read more »