Sanofi-Pasteur Awards Honor Research in Neglected Diseases and Immunology

November 5, 2015

November 05, 2015.

Sanofi and the Institut Pasteur have attributed this year's Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Awards to four major researchers for work in two major fields for global health: tropical and neglected diseases and immunology. The winners are

  • Doctor Marco Vignuzzi, laureate in the Junior category, Viral Populations and Pathogenesis Research Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France, and CNRS researcher, for his works on viral mutations presenting a short-term epidemic potential.
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  • Doctor Mohamed-Ali Hakimilaureate in the Junior category, Host-Pathogen Interactions & Immunity to Infections, Institut Albert Bonniot, Université Grenoble Alpes, France, Inserm - CNRS, for his researches on the functioning of the parasite Toxoplama gondii responsible for toxoplasmosis.
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  • Professor Keith Matthews, laureate in the Mid-career category, Center for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, for his researches on the parasite Trypanosama brucei responsible for sleeping sickness.
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  • Professor Emil Unanue, laureate in the Senior category, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, USA, for his work on the recognition of proteins by the immune system, paving the way to the research of therapies against autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid polyarthritis.
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Created in 2012, the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Awards are the first international scientific prizes to honor researchers that are recognized both by an international academic research center and a leader in the pharmaceutical industry. The overall allocation of the prizes amount to €300,000 ($327,576).

The laureates received their Awards at a ceremony at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) last night.