Nobel Prize Winner Jules Hoffmann to Speak at 2016 International Congress of Entomology

Topics: Immune system, Insect, Entomology Pages: 2 (554 words) Published: September 9, 2014
Nobel Prize Winner Jules Hoffmann to Speak at 2016 International Congress of Entomology

(1888 PressRelease) Dr. Jules A. Hoffmann, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will be one of two Nobel Prize winners, along with Peter Agre (2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), to speak at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida.

Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV - Dr. Jules A. Hoffmann, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will speak at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2016), which will be held September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Hoffmann is a professor of integrative biology at the Strasbourg University Institute for Advanced Study. He is also emeritus research director of the French National Research Center, and he served as vice-president and president of the French National Academy of Sciences from 2006-2010.

He is one of two Nobel Prize winners, along with Peter Agre (2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), to agree to speak at ICE 2016, which promises to be the largest gathering of insect scientists in history, with more than 6,000 attendees expected.

Dr. Hoffmann, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for "discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity," is an especially fitting speaker for an entomology conference. He and his colleagues used insects, namely the fruit fly Drosophila, to decipher the potent antimicrobial defenses. Over many years, these studies have led to a general understanding of recognition of infection by flies, the connections between recognition and signaling, and the subsequent control of expression of immune responsive genes, namely of those encoding antimicrobial peptides which oppose the invading microorganisms.

Hoffmann's interest in insects began at an early age and was inspired by his father, a high-school biology teacher in Luxembourg who worked on the systematics of various insect groups during his spare time.

"Most of my father's...
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