High school graduate students from the Lycée Franco Hellénique (Lycée Franco Hellénique Eugène Delacroix/LFH) with a scientific orientation –“classe de terminale S”- made a 4 h visit at the Immunology Laboratory of the HPI on the 23rdof April 2012, accompanied by their Life and Earth Sciences teachers, Mrs Muriel Gagneron – who initiated this activity and vividly supported it – and Mr Alain Vallauri.
The main purpose of the visit was to assist these baccalauréat-candidate students in any enquires they may had related to their professional career as biologists/researchers at French universities.
The students were introduced to the main concepts of Immunology and to the main research interests of the Laboratory, namely the role of natural autoimmunity and the relationship with pathological autoimmunity, through the model autoimmune diseases of the thyroid gland. They were also trained on immunological techniques, and actively engaged on an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), in order to measure antibodies and to analyse the results, as well as on an SDS-PAGE under reducing and non-reducing conditions to examine the purity of Immunoglobulin G fragments. The interaction with the researchers of the Laboratory, along with the familiarisation on immunological techniques was very successful and the Laboratory received positive feedback from the School. (most of the presentation was carried out at the French language which was highly appreciated)
LFH intends to expand its visitation to this Laboratory with other students from the same scientifically-oriented class, on an annual basis, given the impact of such meetings on their professional career. The Immunology Laboratory would like to renew its meeting with the baccalauréat candidates for the next academic year!