The Académie des Sciences recognizes two Bordeaux scientists

On November 23, 2021, plant biologist Emmanuelle Bayer and neuroscientist Giovanni Marsicano were awarded prizes from the Académie des Sciences, at a ceremony held beneath the dome of the Institut de France in Paris.

  • 15/12/2021

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Since the Académie des Sciences was created in 1666, it has been dedicated to developing the sciences and advising governmental authorities in this area. As an independent, perennial institution, placed under the protection of the president of the French Republic, it is one of the five academies that make up the Institut de France. The Académie has five fundamental missions: encourage the scientific community, promote science teaching, transmit knowledge, facilitate international collaboration and act in an expert and advisory capacity.

Each year, the Académie des Sciences prizes honor experienced scientists and encourage young scientists early on in their career, across all research areas, both fundamental and applied.

Emmanuelle Bayer, winner of the Leconte Prize

Plant biologist Emmanuelle Bayer is a CNRS research director at the Laboratoire de Biogenèse Membranaire (Laboratory of Membrane Biology, LBM – CNRS and University of Bordeaux) and head of the Plasmodesmata-Mediated Intercellular Communication team. Her work involves studying intercellular signaling in plants, more specifically, investigating nanoscopic structures that are only found in the plant kingdom. These are kinds of “small bridges” that connect cells and allow them to communicate. Her research has highlighted the uniqueness of this communication network, the molecular elements that form it, and its importance in intercellular exchanges in connection with plant development and growth processes. In 2018, Emmanuelle Bayer received the CNRSBronze Medal and this year, she has won the Académie des Sciences Leconte Prize, accompanied by a grant of 1,500€.

Giovanni Marsicano, winner of the Lamonica Prize in Neurology

Giovanni Marsicano is an Inserm researcher at Neurocentre Magendie (Magendie Center of Neurology– Inserm and University of Bordeaux), where he directs the Endocannabinoids and Neuroadaptation team. The scientist has been researching the endocannabinoid system (ECS) since 1997. His group’s most recent work has contributed to better understanding of brain physiology, beyond the simple study of the endocannabinoid system. This “bottom-up” approach, based around the functions of cannabinoid receptor CB1, has made it possible to explore new, exciting aspects of brain mechanisms, such as astrocyte-neuron interactions, brain bioenergetic processes, specific allosteric modulation of endogenous signals in G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their therapeutic potential for cannabis addiction and psychoses. On November 23, 2021, he received the Lamonica Prize of Neurology from the Académie des Sciences, accompanied by a 110,000€ grant.