“Deciphering the dance of immune cells to better understand cancer”

“Deciphering the dance of immune cells to better understand cancer”
“Deciphering the dance of immune cells to better understand cancer”

INTERVIEW – The Inserm research director and director of the immunology department of the Institut Pasteur is the winner of the grand scientific prize from the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation on the theme of “seeing the living”.

In cases of infections or cancer, our immune cells become agitated. They engage in close communication to coordinate their actions and protect the body from these threats. Philippe Bousso succeeded in filming this “waltz” of our immune cells in real time in the organs of living animals using an imaging technique that had never before been used by immunologists. A performance which led the researcher and his team to decipher more precisely the way in which our armies of cells combine to defend our body. Congratulated for this work, he won the 2024 scientific grand prize from the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation.

LE FIGARO. – Where did you get the idea of ​​filming the immune system in action, on living organisms? ?

Dr. Philippe BOUSSO. – The immune system is fascinating in many ways, particularly because this defense shield, specific to each individual, is not static…

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