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Thursday 16 September 2010

Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (French Medical Research Foundation)

The Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) actively promotes the return of young researchers.

After their PhDs, many young French researchers move on to a foreign laboratory. Today, what was temporary emigration has started to accelerate the "brain drain" phenomenon. With a limited number of positions offered by public research bodies, and working conditions that are often less favourable than in other countries, some young researchers decide not to return. This deprives the country which funded their training of their knowledge and expertise.
To stem this trend, through an annual call for tenders, the FRM offers sustainable assistance to PhD-holders having completed a first post-doctoral traineeship abroad and wishing to return to France to pursue their work. These grants, attributed by the FRM's scientific council, are available for all areas of medical research.
Jérôme Govin worked for 3 years at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, where he investigated the causes of male infertility. Defective protection of the genetic contents of sperm cells is responsible for many cases of male infertility. Jérôme Govin had already demonstrated that yeast and men use the same mechanisms to protect the DNA-content of their gametes. Therefore, he developed a yeast-based model to investigate infertility. After identifying the mechanisms involved, he will determine how they are affected in infertile patients. In time, this should improve treatment for infertility.

Thanks to the FRM, Jérôme Govin was able to return to France, where the Exploring the Dynamics of Proteomes laboratory will benefit from his experience.