Institut Imagine, Paris
Marina CAVAZZANA's main research and clinical interests are the development of the hematopoietic immune system, and cell and gene therapy for inherited and acquired disease of the hematopoietic system. Her group studies the means to improve the clinical results of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, crossing HLA-barriers, and the differentiation of mouse and human stem cells towards lymphocyte lineages. She has initiated several clinical trials based on the use of ex vivo gene modified hematopoietic stem cells to treat patients with inherited disorders, the preliminary clinical results of which are encouraging. Her work was rewarded by the American Society of Hematology (Award on Clinical Research in Gene Therapy in 1999), by the French Academy of Sciences (Special Medical Award in 2000 and Jean-Pierre Lecocq Award on Gene Therapy in 2004). She was awarded the title of Officier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur in 2011, and given the Irène Joliot Curie 2012 award "Scientific Women of the Year" (Science Academy and French Ministry of Education and Research). She was also awarded with the French National Academy of Medicine in 2016 and the 2017 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize for Clinical Science (American Society of Hematology). She has also been elected as an International member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.