Paris, 3 October 2011

CNRS senior researcher Jules Hoffmann awarded 2011 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine

The 2011 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to Jules Hoffmann, a French citizen native of Luxembourg, CNRS senior researcher emeritus and professor at the university of Strasbourg, jointly with Bruce A. Beutler for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity. They share the prestigious award with Ralph M. Steinman for his works on dendritic cells and their role in adaptive immunity. Jules Hoffmann, whose findings have revolutionized current understanding of the immune system by disclosing the main keys to its activation, is also laureate of the CNRS 2011 Gold Medal.

A French citizen native of Luxembourg, Jules Hoffmann has dedicated his works to the study of genetic and molecular mechanisms responsible for innate immunity in insects. His numerous findings have provided new insights into the defense mechanisms that organisms, from the most primitive up to humans, use against infectious agents.

Born in Luxembourg in 1941, Jules Hoffmann studied at the university of Strasbourg where he obtained his Ph.D. in Experimental Biology. He joined CNRS in 1964 and set up the CNRS laboratory "Réponse Immunitaire et Développement Chez les Insectes", which he headed until 2006. This laboratory is part of the CNRS Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, which he also directed from 1994 to 2006. President of the Académie des Sciences Française in 2007 and 2008, he is also a member of the Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Germany and Russia. Jules Hoffmann is the laureate of the CNRS 2011 Gold Medal. He has also been awarded numerous prestigious prizes, such as, in recent years, the Rosenstiel Award for his work on immunity  (2010), the Keio Medical Science Prize (2011), the 2011 Gairdner Award for medical research and the 2011 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.

The press briefing will be attended by CNRS Chief Research Officer Joël Bertrand, Jean-François Bach, Perpetual Secretary of the Académie des Sciences and professor of immunology at Université Paris-Descartes, Patrick Netter, director of the CNRS Institute of Biological Sciences and Jean-Antoine Lepesant, CNRS senior researcher at the Institut Jacques Monod (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot).

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