Café Scientifique… en français

Parlez-vous français? After the success of last year, Café Scientifique is returning to Glasgow Science Festival with a French-speaking special. In partnership with the Alliance française de Glasgow, Dr Christine Dufès will explore the theme of innovation in drug delivery.

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1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am Christine Dufès, Senior lecturer at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde. My research is about the development of novel tumour-targeted nanomedicines for the treatment of cancer. I also work on the development of novel nanomedicines able to reach the brain after intravenous administration, with the ultimate aim to facilitate drug and gene delivery to brain tumours and neurodegenerative disorders.

2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

I am giving a talk on the development of novel “seek-and-destroy” nanomedicines for the treatment of cancer, at the Café Scientifique in French. This event will reach a different audience than more traditional (from a language perspective) public events and will give an opportunity to discuss about new strategies in cancer research “dans la langue de Molière”.

3. 2016 is Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. What innovation could you not live without?

One of the inventions in the running for the Concours Lépine this month, was shoes with interchangeable heels. An ingenious clip system would allow shoe lovers to change their look with the simple click of the heel. The inventor got this idea after seeing his girlfriend removing her painful high heels after a party and walking home barefoot. This simply sounds like a fantastic innovation that would prevent many toes from being shredded by broken glass!

4. It’s Glasgow Science Festival’s 10th birthday! We’ll be celebrating with some science-themed cake and balloons. What’s your birthday treat of choice?

An “opera” cake. It is made with layers of almond sponge cake, soaked in coffee syrup, layered with chocolate and coffee buttercream filling, and covered in a chocolate glaze. And without message on the cake…


5. And finally: impress us with your favourite science fact or joke.

The 1955 JACS paper of the Nobel Prize winner Melvin Calvin shows a very complex apparatus drawing, as represented below. But do you notice something unusual there?

The authors inserted a drawing of a man fishing in the diagram, and got it past the editors.  Amazing!

Join Christine on Tuesday 14 June from 19:00 at the Alliance française de Glasgow. For more information and booking, visit the website.