Category: PradeuNews

The Multiple Layers of the Tumor Environment, new paper by Laplane et al.

If and how a tumor develops, depends in large part on its surroundings. While scientists agree on the importance of the tumor environment (TE), there is no consensus on how to define and spatially delineate it. A new paper by Lucie Laplane, Dorothée Duluc, Nicolas Larmonier, Thomas Pradeu and Andreas Bikfalvi lays out six clearly… Read more »

Jacob Stegenga, Visiting Scholar in ImmunoConcept lab

Who am I ? I am a University Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Cambridge I taught in the United States and Canada. From October 2018 to March 2019 I will be an IDEX visiting scholar in the group of Thomas Pradeu. My… Read more »

Welcome Pr. Paul Griffiths

Pr Paul Griffiths will spend 1 month in ImmunoConcEpT A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, Paul Griffiths (University of Sydney, Australia) was educated at Cambridge and the Australian National University, receiving his PhD in 1989. He heads the Theory and Method in Bioscience project node of the Charles Perkins Centre,… Read more »

Postdoc 2018 ERC IDEM

New Postdoctoral position in Philosophy of Biology and/or Philosophy of Medicine and/or Conceptual/Theoretical Biology   Thomas Pradeu’s ERC Starting Grant Project “Immunity, Development, and the Microbiota: Understanding the Continuous Construction of Biological Identity”   The University of Bordeaux and the CNRS seek candidates for a two-year postdoctoral position in Philosophy of Biology and/or Philosophy of… Read more »

Towards a General Theory of Immunity? New paper by Eberl & Pradeu

New paper in Trends in Immunology (2018), by Gérard Eberl (Institut Pasteur, Paris) & Thomas Pradeu (ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux) Abstract Theories are indispensable to organize immunological data into coherent, explanatory, and predictive frameworks. We propose to combine different models to develop a unifying theory of immunity which situates immunology in the wider context of physiology. We… Read more »

Protective Microbiota & Co-Immunity, New OA paper by Chiu, Bazin, et al.

New paper by Lynn Chiu, Thomas Bazin (co-first authors), Marie-Elise Truchetet, Thierry Schaeverbeke, Laurence Delhaes &  Thomas Pradeu Frontiers in Immunology (Dec 2017). Full text in Open Access. Abstract: Resident microbiota do not just shape host immunity, they can also contribute to host protection against pathogens and infectious diseases. Previous reviews of the protective roles… 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 »

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 »

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 »