Pasteurdon: doing research to treat medicines better

"Faced with new threats to our health: infectious diseases such as Zika and Ebola, AIDS, antimicrobial resistance but also Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, cancer, our researchers not only need more resources, but also access to the latest technologies says Stewart Cole, Executive Director of the Institut Pasteur.

With this in mind, the 12th Pasteurdon started Wednesday, October 10 with the slogan "defend research". This fundraising campaign for medical research is currently being broadcast by more than 40 media partners, including 24 TV channels and more than 15 radio stations, until 14 October. Donations can be made via the Internet, by telephone via 36 20, by SMS (92112) or by mail (Pasteurdon, 25 rue du Docteur-Roux, 75015 Paris).

Many projects

The research budget of the Pasteur Institute depends on 27% of the generosity of the public. For a donation of € 100, 78 go directly back to research, public health campaigns and education. The remainder is used to finance administrative expenses and the search for funds.

Researchers at Institut Pasteur are working on many projects. For example, complete sequencing of pathogens such as salmonella, listeria, influenza, which is now feasible within 10 days, can better understand and respond to the epidemics. "Once there is a new disease, a virus, they will work on the ground," said actress Alexandra Lamy, who sponsors the operation. "It is also with the Pasteur Institute that the National Reference Center (CNR) is responsible for monitoring human salmonellosis, recently marked by the scandal of contaminated milk," she adds. In another area, an application for assessing the mood and behavioral changes of bipolar patients is being developed.

Two million euros raised in 2017

New strategies against multi-resistant bacteria are also being developed. "Although antibiotics are effective, their use and effectiveness are threatened because more and more resistance is being observed, and every year 400,000 people in Europe are infected with multidrug-resistant bacteria and this will increase." Multidisciplinary research must be carried out to better understand the factors related to this resistance and their distribution, but also to develop therapeutic alternatives, "says the Institut Pasteur, and ten of his researchers have received a Nobel Prize since his inception, such as Françoise Barré. -Sinoussi rewarded for the discovery of the AIDS virus ten years ago.

Last year Pasteurdon collected two million euros. They have financed the arrival of Titan Krios, one of the most powerful microscopes in the world. Buildings (Omics) designed to exploit the synergies between digital and biology have also been created thanks to the generosity of the public.

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