Alexia Lapière, a PhD student at IRSN’s Radiobiology of medical exposure laboratory (LRMed), has won the “Young Researcher” Award for the quality and originality of her research work at the annual congress of the French Neuro-Gastroenterology Group (Groupe français de neuro-gastroentérologie, GFNG), held in Paris on June 14 and 15, 2018.
The award-winners recognized at the conference. Alexia Lapière is third from the right. © GFNG / IRSN
She is one of three doctoral students to receive this award for their presentations at the congress. Alexia Lapière’s presentation, entitled “Study of the effect of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii on preventing radiation-induced colonic ulceration – Application as part of treatment following pelvic radiation therapy”, was based on her thesis research. She is studying the effects of a probiotic, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, on colonic lesions that may develop ten years or more after undergoing pelvic radiation therapy. Her research, carried out in collaboration with INRA, aims to evaluate how effective this probiotic is in reducing damage to healthy tissue when administered as a preventive measure prior to starting radiation therapy. Its effectiveness has already been proven in preclinical studies for treating other inflammatory pathologies of the colon.
The French Neuro-Gastroenterology Group (GFNG) brings together physicians and researchers from clinical and fundamental research units with an interest in the mechanisms and treatment of digestive functional pathologies.