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Maria Cristina Cuturi, MD is the coordinator of the team “Study of allogenic immunological tolerance mechanisms and dendritic cell functions” at the ITUN institute in Nantes France http://www.ifr26.nantes.inserm.fr/ITERT/indexen.html.

Dr Cuturi’s main reseach interest is focused on the study of the mechanisms involved in immune Tolerance and the role of the antigen presentation.

After obtaining a Medical Doctor degree In 1982 at the University of Uruguay, she was a Post doctoral fellow at the Immunology Department, at the Clinical Hospital, University of Barcelona, Spain in the group of Jaime Martorell. She joint The Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania, USA in 1985 as a Associate Scientist in the group of Giorgio Trinchieri. She moved to France in 1990 as an Associate Scientist at the INSERM U211. In 1994 she obtained a tenure position at the INSERM U643 and creates her group and In 1999 she obtained the HDR qualification from the University of Nantes.

Dr Cuturi has several international collaborations as the RISET European program devoted to transplantation tolerance http://www.risetfp6.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Awo3.woa or The ONE Study from the FP7.

She has been often invited to give seminar and presentation of the results from her team in international meetings. She was responsible of the organization of several meetings as NAT http://www.nat.nantes.inserm.fr/.

Dr Cuturi is reviewer of several journals including Transplantation, American Journal of transplantation, the Journal of Immunology, the European journal of Immunology, Circulation.

She publish more than 90 papers in prominent journals such as Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Blood, Journal of Immunology, European Journal of Immunology, FASEB, America Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation.