Olivier Neyrolles, Deputy director and future Director of the Institute of pharmacology and structural biology (IPBS-Toulouse) (CNRS, University Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier ), has been elected member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), section of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
This election by the Academy recognizes his work for more than 20 years with his team in the knowledge of host-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis. Several of the team's works have made a major contribution to the understanding of this disease, which kills even more than any other infectious disease. These discoveries include the identification of the TB bacillus receptor on the surface of dendritic cells, the understanding of the physiology and virulence of the bacillus within the macrophages it infects, and more recently the identification of mycobacterial toxins that could be targets for new drugs.
« The members of the Academia Europaea come from all over the European continent, but also from European academics living in other parts of the world. The Academia Europaea was founded in 1988 as an international, nongovernmental association of individual scientists and scholars from all disciplines, who are experts and leaders in their own subject areas as recognised by their peers. It currently has almost 4000 members, including 72 Nobel Prize winners. Membership is by invitation, following nomination by a group of peers, and review and confirmation of the individual's excellence in his or her field. The election is confirmed by the Academy Council. » (Academia Europaea)
The mission of the Academia Europaea is to promote the development and dissemination of science and education to the general public. It encourages interdisciplinary and international research in all academic fields, as well as excellence in study, research and education. It also makes recommendations to national governments and international agencies on issues affecting science, scholarship and academic life in Europe.
Researcher: Olivier Neyrolles | 06 01 14 19 64 | Olivier.Neyrolles@ipbs.fr
Press: Francoise Viala | 06 01 26 52 59 | Communication@ipbs.fr