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Jules Hoffmann/Nobel medicine prize

Published on October 5, 2011
Award of the Nobel Prize in Medicine to Professor Jules Hoffmann – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, October 3, 2011

President Sarkozy is delighted that the Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to Professor Jules Hoffmann, of the University of Strasbourg.
By studying antimicrobial responses in insects and demonstrating the marked conservation of innate defence mechanisms between insects and humans, Professor Hoffmann has made a decisive contribution to our understanding of defence systems against infectious and parasitic diseases.

Professor Hoffmann and his colleagues have shed unprecedented light on insects’ antimicrobial responses.

His research as a whole established the insect genus Drosophila [vinegar fly] as a model of innate immunity, and his work has had a major impact on our understanding of the antiparasitic defences of the Anopheles genus [mosquito], the vector of malaria.

This distinction is a tribute to the University of Strasbourg, the CNRS [Centre national de recherche scientifique], the French scientific community and our country as a whole.

President Sarkozy, who is resolutely committed to combating the great pandemics (AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), welcomes this award, which honours the decisive efforts made to eradicate infectious and parasitic diseases./.

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