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Marseille Immunopôle

A cluster in Immunology gathering fundamental research, therapeutic innovation and industrial development.


What is immunology?

At the crossroads of biology and medicine, immunology is a scientific discipline that focuses on the operating mechanisms of the immune system. Appeared early in the evolution, this system enables living organisms to defend themselves against pathogens or their own components when they are altered. It involves a large number of cells whose capacity for cooperation, recognition and memory are far from having revealed all their secrets.

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François Kourilsky, co-founder of the CIML, died on May 31st 2014

World-class physician and immunologist, his work on tumor biology and  the major histocompatibility complex contributed significantly to what many historians of science refer to today as an immunological revolution. François Kourilsky together with Michel Fougereau founded the CIML in 1976; he was general director of the CNRS from 1988 to 1994.

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Read obituary for François Kourilsky by Bernard Malissen in Nature Immunology