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Jules Hoffmann

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Our guest of honour: Jules Hoffmann


Jules Hoffmann is a French biologist. In 2011, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on the activation of innate immunity.

His work has contributed significantly to our understanding of how the immune system is activated to fight against infections. His discoveries opened the way for important breakthroughs in disease mechanisms and the ways in which the immune system adapts itself to block them. These discoveries have enabled the development of new approaches to preventing and treating diseases as well as tools for stimulating the immune system to fight against cancer. These advances have also provided a better understanding of inflammatory diseases which arise when our immune system turns against us to attack our own tissues.

Professor Hoffmann is the research director emeritus of France’s Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and head of the phylogeny of inflammatory response research team at the University of Strasbourg. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Robert Koch Prize in Immunology, the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, the Canada International Gairdner Prize for Life Sciences and the Médaille d’or du CNRS.