On 18th November 2011 Jean-François Vallauri (Coordinator, Technical Services) and Francis Ille (Professor) received bronze medals of the “Merite National du Sang” in recognition and thanks for their blood donation over fifteen years.

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The ceremony took place in the throne room of the Prince Palace on the eve of Monaco National Day, celebrating the sixth anniversary of Price Albert’s investiture. After the ceremony during which a small group of donors received their medals, HSH chatted with our two representatives about various developments taking place at the IUM, showing his interest in our University.

Out two medallists give blood an average four to five times every year. “It does not hurt at all” says Jean-François, and every donation can save up to two lives. It is also very convenient since the mobile blood collection centre parks in front of the IUM once or twice a month. The Monegasque Centre de Transfusion Sanguine offers a free blood analysis and also gives you a sandwich and a drink.

Blood availability is the key to proceed successfully with surgical operations or transfusion following accidents that can befall any of us and our loved ones, and blood shortage is known to become a real issue because of the small number of donors.

A few other IUMers, namely Patrice Sargenti and David Ansiau, are also regular donors. So what about giving a tiny bit of you to save people’s lives during the next collection on 5th December?