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CANCEROPOLE 2005, December 23
 
Two Poitiers-based projects awarded
 

 
Jean-Loup Huret with his “atlas of genetics” and the Poitiers University laboratory of “Synthesis and reactivity of natural substances” have both made the final cut in the request for proposals of the French National Cancer Institute.

136 proposals filed nationwide, 11 of them via the “Canceropole Grand-Ouest”, only 2 singled out and selected in Poitou-Charentes… These simple figures highlight the dimensions of the “feat” brought about by the Poitiers-based teams at work on the subject of cancer. “This proves that Poitiers manages rather decently”, laconically admits Jean-Loup Huret, senior lecturer and hospital practitioner at the Poitiers CHU. A prime example is the Poitiers University laboratory of “Synthesis and reactivity of natural substances”, which is directed by André Amblès.

Ambles was selected for his proposal envisioning “development of an efficient strategy enabling preparation of a sizable number of analogous and patentable compounds with a molecule of natural origin possessing strong anti-mitotic potential”. As for the second theme chosen subsequent to the national cancer institute’s requests for proposals, the award went to the Atlas of genetics and cytogenetics in oncology and hematology, a document constantly updated by Jean-Louis Huret.

3000 visitors a day

Ever since 1997, the hospital doctor and “his” 500 European and North American authors have been contributing to the internet site known as infobiggen.fr/services/chromcancer and its 12000 present-day pages. “When they decided to aid us in 2006 and 2007, the people at the National Cancer Institute no doubt realized that our work was of public interest. This is fortunate and basically quite logical…, so he opines. Just like the Cancer Genome Anatomy Project (CGAP) in the United States and Orpha.net, its portal is now authoritative in the medical sphere. In fact, the Atlas receives 3000 single visitors a day.

Internauts from throughout the world come to share or search for information pertaining to the rarest forms of genetic illnesses. The one damper on the project is that Jean-Loup Huret sorely lacks needed financial assistance. “The fight against cancer is in perennial need of support”, gauges the researcher. Aside from his authors, all of whom are quite naturally volunteers, Huret can count on but one salaried employee to update the site, of which it should be mentioned that parts are available in English, German, Spanish … and French. “An estimated 4000 cancer genes exist. In our Atlas, we only inventory 400. To go farther, we require more means”, so concludes the interested party. For reference, let us mention that the CGAP and Orpha.net have 60 and 25 full-timers at their respective disposal.




Web site: www.infobiogen.fr/services/chromcancer
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