The Joint International Unit "(UMI) INSERM 904" on "Epigenetic Control of Neuronal Plasticity" led by Professor Emiliana Borelli and the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism led by Professor Paolo Sassone-Corsi, with support from the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, organized the second edition of the International Symposium "Epigenetic Control and Cellular Plasticity". This conference took place on December 12th and 13th, 2013, at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering located on the campus of the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Located in Orange County in South-Eastern Los Angeles, UCI was founded in 1965 so it is a relatively new university. Despite this it has developed a remarkable strength in research: it already has 3 Nobel Prize laureates (2 in Chemistry and 1 in Physics), several recipients of the "National Medal of Science" and several of its members are part of the Academy of American Sciences. UCI has more than 28,000 students, 1,100 teachers and 9,400 employees. It ranks among the best universities in the country and was ranked number 1 of universities in the U.S. under 50 years old by Times Higher Education (2012/2013).
The “UMI INSERM 904” on "Epigenetic Control of Neuronal Plasticity” was created in 2008 and is housed in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (School of Medicine, UCI).
- © Fabien Agenès / Consulat Général de France à Los Angeles 2013
Given the capacity of the amphitheater, the number of participants had to be limited to 250. Following the symposium, a workshop in bioinformatics and epigenetics was organized by Professor Pierre Baldi (from the Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics at UCI) and Professor Matteo Pellegrini (from the University of California Los Angeles - UCLA).
— Fabien Agenès / Viviane Chansavang