Next November, from the 20th to the 23rd, the third "France-Japan Cancer" Congress will take place, in Toulouse. This international network (International Scientific Coordination network: ISCN) is managed by both INSERM and CNRS.

Its goal is to foster scientific exchanges (fundamental and clinical research) in the field of cancer. The network gathers 42 laboratories: 22 on the French side and 20 on the Japanese's.

The first two editions (Montpellier, in 2011 and Tokushima, in 2012) were a big hit. The quality of the speakers made no doubt. As a matter of fact, most of them were well-known scientists of the cancer field. Moreover, the idea of exchanging with young researchers was really appreciated. It indeed became the rule: each team has to be represented by a Principal Investigator and a young phD.

This year again, the conference will cover the two topics that were decided when the ISCN Convention was signed: Genome, epigenome, nuclear dynamics and Cancer and Cell growth, signaling, infection and Cancer.

This third Congess will be happening a few weeks before the University Institute of Cancer (UIC) starts up. The UIC is aimed to be at the heart of the Oncopole of Toulouse. This will then be a great opportunity for the participants to discover this original and large-scalled project.







La Japonaise au Bord de l'Eau (Japanese Woman Beside the Water)

This painting was made in 1905 by Henri Matisse, a famous French painter. It is now exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.

It could be today the illustration of mutual inspiration between France and Japan, and become a kind of symbol for this enriching and promising collaboration.



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