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Dr Camille Danne, a former postdoctoral research scientist at the Powrie Lab in the Kennedy Institute, has been awarded the Jacques Monod Prize for her research to date, at a ceremony held during the Research Evening of the Fondation de France at the Collège de France, yesterday.

The award is presented annually to one or two early-stage scientific researchers for their work in the field of the molecular aspects of cell regulation.

Camille's work at the Kennedy Institute focused on host microbial interactions in the intestine, in particular the interactions between Helicobacter hepaticus and host intestinal cells. Her studies identify a novel molecular pathway of host microbial mutualism which may have therapeutic utility in chronic inflammatory disease and the results are due for publication in Cell Host and Microbe.

Professor Fiona Powrie says: "Camille Danne is a highly talented early stage scientist whose contributions to understanding host microbe interactions make her an excellent recipient of the prestigious Jacques Monod scientific prize."

The Jacques Monod Prize was established in 1979 by Mrs Jacqueline Bernard in memory of one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, and winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Medicine. The 2017 prize was also awarded to Pedro Escoll.

Camille is now at the INRA Research Centre, France.