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Francois-Loic COSSET

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The International Infectious Disease Research Centre has about 300 members and brings together more than 20 teams around a goal: the fight against infectious diseases, the second leading cause of death in the world. The mission of the European Research Council (ERC) is to support excellent researchers in all scientific fields, including SHS

Through a multidisciplinary approach, the CIRI aims to be a research centre open to therapeutic innovation and to be a major player in the field of medical prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

Overall, CIRI’s research programmes focus on objectives of general interest in the field of infectious diseases, namely:

  • Integrated immunology for vaccination and biotherapy
  • Metabolo-infectiology and non-communicable diseases
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Emerging and highly pathogenic infections
  • Consequences of co-infections with human pathogens.

CIRI has many projects. The objectives of one of his projects are to better understand the mechanisms of action and escape of the humoral response against hepatitis C virus (HCV) with the prospect of new treatments against this major public health pathogen (200 million infected individuals worldwide).

Through the expertise of researchers and engineers involved in the fields of molecular virology, immunology and vectorology, the project ultimately aims to develop tools and concepts to develop new immuno-therapeutic treatments.treatment against the hepatitis C virus.

The team of CIRI is also developing viral vectors for gene therapy and vaccination.

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Francois-Loic COSSET

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