A new agreement of joint bilateral collaboration between CNRS and the NUS RCE of Mecanobiology

On Tuesday 8th November, in presence of Mr. Joël Bertrand (Director General for Science of CNRS) and Dr Michael Sheetz, Director of the Research Center of Excellence of Mécanobiology (MBI) located in the NUS campus, a signing ceremony has been held in the framework of the opening of a new International Associated Laboratory (LIA) between CNRS and NUS: the ”Cell Adhesion France-Singapore (CAFS)”.

LIA signing agreement (from left to right) with Dr Joel Bertrand, Director General for Science of the CNRS and Prof Michael Sheetz, director of the RCE Mecanobiology

Officials during the LIA signing agreement

Partners of the agreement:

The main singaporean partner is the RCE of Mecanobiology (MBI) located in the campus of NUS. Fourth Research Center of Excellence among five created in Singapore since November 2009, the R&D activities are linked to the development of new technologies (nanotechnology, electronic modern microscopy) which will enable to better understand the mechanical functions of cells and human tissues that underlie many processes from cancer to aging. Thus, new paradigms can be developed to treat diseases and facilitate tissue regeneration.

The parties involved from France are CNRS, the National Graduate School of Physics and Industrial Chemistry Paris Tech (ESPCI), the University of Paris Diderot Paris 7 (UP7) and the University of Bordeaux 2 Segalen (UB2).

Dr Virgile Viasnoff, Assistant Professor at the ESPCI, and Prof Michael Sheetz, RCE MBI Director, will run the LIA as co-principal investigators.

CNRS’s presence in Singapore includes another LIA, signed into existence with the CQT at NUS on 9 November, and two established "International Joint Units" (laboratories with walls): since January 2007 the Image and Pervasive Access Lab working mainly on treatment of images and since December 2009, the laboratory CINTRA working on nanophotonics/Electronics in collaboration with NTU and Thalès.

What is a « LIA » ?

An LEA or an LIA is a “laboratory without walls” and is not a legal entity. It consists of the association of a CNRS-affiliated laboratory and a laboratory from another country. These laboratories pool together human and material resources towards a common, jointly-defined project designed to add value to their individual pursuits. An LEA/LIA agreement is for 4 years, renewable once (until January 2014 in this case). The laboratories comprising an LEA or LIA retain their independence, their original status, their governance and their separate locations. This type of collaboration does not require an expatriation of the researchers involved in the project.

Want to know more ?

- Official website of the RCE in Mecanobiology : http://mbi.nus.edu.sg/

- About the “ International Associated Laboratories“ of the CNRS:

- About the « International Joint Units » of the CNRS:

Dernière modification : 23/11/2011

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