The Center for Immunology of Marseille-Luminy (CIML) was founded in 1976 and has been described by AERES , an independent evaluation agency, as “without doubt one of the best immunology centers of excellence in Europe”. The CIML addresses all areas of contemporary immunology; it is located in Marseille in the South of France. 
The institute has 17 research teams, with 250 staff including 185 scientists, students, and post-docs from 24 countries. It offers Masters and PhD programs. 
The CIML has 90 academic collaborations and 21 industrial partners in France, Europe, and worldwide, and has formed several spin-offs, including Innate Pharma, Ipsogen (Quiagen), and Immunotech (Beckman-Coulter).
The institute has published over 400 scientific publications in the last 5 years, including 145 in journals with an impact factor ≥ 10. 
It is located on a campus that is home to more than 1,500 researchers and 10,000 students, and 15 biotech companies. 
- François Kourilsky, 1976-1977
- Michel Fougerau 1978-1980
- François Kourilsky, 1981-1984
- Pierre Golstein, 1985-1988 
- Bertrand Jordan, 1989-1990
- Michel Stones, 1991-1994
- Bernard Malissen, 1995-2005 
- Jean Pierre Gorvel 2006-2008 
- Eric Vivier , since 2008 
Advances in Immunology made through CIML discoveries
Early work at CIML was centered on T cells . The study of their antigen receptors leads to the discovery of chromosomal inversion during the formation of the T cell receptor (TCR).  Researchers at the CIML also published the first nucleotide sequence of a gene encoding a major human histocompatibility complex (MHC) gene  and described how the TCR recognizes its MHC ligand.  The functions of these cells were also investigated, leading to identification of Granzyme A and GZMB (then called CTLA-1 and CTLA-3) and the demonstration of their role in the perforin-granzyme-based mechanism of T-cell-mediated cytotoxicity, and to the discovery of the second, Fas ligand / Fas receptor based pathway of cytotoxicity.   Other biologically important regulatory molecules identified at CIML include interleukins such as interleukin-17 (as CTLA-8)  and cell surface molecules, such as CTLA-4  regulating T cells. Subsequently, research at the CIML expanded to other cells of the immune system , Including B cells , dendritic cells and natural killer cells, such as C. elegans .  CIML researchers identified the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM) -containing KARAP / DAP12  that is important for NK cell function and characterized by the function of the killer activated receptor NKp46.  Other recent advances include the discovery of early precursors of B-cell follicular lymphoma in apparently healthy individuals,  and of dendritic cell-aggression-like induced structures (DALIS) in dendritic cells,  thought to play an important role in regulating antigen presentation, as well as the discovery ofMafB / M-CSF circuits in hematopoietic stem cell commitment, and macrophages .  
The CIML is mainly supported by direct and indirect funding from INSERM , the CNRS , and Aix-Marseille University , covering permanent staff members. Other major funders include the European Research Council , European Union , the National Agency for Research , Association for Research on Cancer, Medical Research Foundation, Human Frontier Science Program , National Cancer Institute, National League Against Cancer, as well as CIML’s industrial partners.
Education and training
The CIML’s Master’s and PhD program is integrated into the educational framework of Aix-Marseille University . Participation in the CIML program requires enrollment in the Master’s-PhD program at the Doctoral School of Life Sciences. A unique part of the program is a student exchange scheme with Harvard Medical School .
In immunology, more than in any other discipline, physiology is often revealed by pathology . Therefore, the Institute is involved in many studies with clinical objectives. A wide range of malignancies are studied at the CIML such as leukemia and hematopoietic cancers , lymphomas and primary immune deficiencies, or brucellosis and juvenile arthritis.. Treatments are also a major concern of the institute, such as studies on prevention, monitoring, and treatment of hematologic malignancies and the impact of therapies on the immune system. Finally, CIML on inflammatory mechanisms associated with the development of inflammatory bowel.
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