The winners of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were announced on Monday October 2, 2023. They are American-Hungarian Katalin Karikó and American Drew Weissman. They are being rewarded for their discoveries concerning nucleic base modifications, which were essential to the development of effective messenger RNA vaccines against Covid-19. Their work has also fundamentally altered our understanding of how mRNA interacts with our immune system.
[/credits] As with all highly mediatized topics, SARS-CoV-2 has its share of misinformation. Originating in the Chinese province of Hubei in 2019, the epidemic caused by this novel coronavirus, now referred to as SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19 for the disease it causes in people, continues to stoke the fires of not just the traditional media, but […]
Inserm is a signatory to the following international joint statement issued by the Wellcome Trust  : Coronaviruses, which are named after the crown shape of the proteins that surround them, are a family of viruses that have a traditionally animal reservoir. In some cases, transmission from animal to human is possible, as […]
Update on 16/09/2019 A new article published in the journal The Journal of Gerontology by Jean-Marie Robine, research director at Inserm and his Swiss and Danish colleagues, reaffirms that Jeanne Calment’s identity has not been usurped and that she died at the age 122 years old. In order to show this, they have: – provided […]
In the wake of the fraud allegations surrounding the age of Jeanne Calment which have received widespread mass media and social media coverage, Inserm as a leading life sciences and health research organization wishes to make clear the following: – In 1998, following two years of research, Doctor Michel Allard from Fondation Ipsen and Jean-Marie […]
With the publication of the new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) on June 18, 2018, WHO officially recognizes the existence of a “gaming disorder”. In its collective expert review of 2014 on addictive behaviors in adolescents, Inserm had already mentioned this form of addiction. As part of the preparation of the French Government Plan 2013-2017 […]
According to a recent report published by WHO on 05/23/2018, the death toll of the Ebola epidemic in the northwest Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 20 is 27 – out of 58 confirmed or suspected cases. The public health risk can be considered high due to its potential to spread into urban areas […]
Caused by a parasite of the genus Plasmodium, malaria is transmitted to humans through bites from the female Anopheles mosquito. It can also be transmitted via blood transfusion or from mother to child at the end of pregnancy.  In 2016, the number of deaths caused by malaria was estimated at 445,000. Half of the […]