Results of the 2019 competition of the PTR (Programmes Transversaux de Recherche) program run by Institute Pasteur in Paris were announced in June 2019. Among the 56 PTR projects submitted, 10 projects were selected for funding and 6 projects were put on a complementary list. This year, 25 institutes of the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN) participated in this PTR program.
In particular, a consortium of the 4 institutes of the International Network of Pasteur Institutes received support for the project entitled: “Transcriptional Response for Antimicrobial Resistance detection in Tuberculosis”. In early July, during the 40th Annual congress of the European Society of Mycobacteriology in Valencia (Spain), a meeting of the Belgian coordinator and Russian participants took place (see photo) and the implementation of the first phase of the project was discussed in detail.
The Consortium Partners include:
- Sciensano (Brussels, Belgium): PI and Coordinator of the whole project Dr An van de Bossche;
- Institut Pasteur (Paris, France): PI - Prof Roland Brosch;
- Institut Pasteur in Lille (France): PI - Dr Alain Baulard;
- St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute (Russia): PI - Dr Igor Mokrousov, head of laboratory of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics. A subcontracting party of the Russian partner will be St. Petersburg Research Institute of Phthisiopulmonology (head of department Dr. Viacheslav Zhuravlev).
The project will efficiently start at the end of 2019 and will run for 2 years (with a possibility of the one-year extension without additional funding)
Note. The PTR program funded by Institut Pasteur (Paris) provides funding to support collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects related to Institut Pasteur strategic research areas, to foster breakthrough technological approaches and aiming at catalyzing discoveries addressing human health. This PTR grant program addresses challenges associated to the 4 strategic priority areas: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance, Brain Connectivity Diseases and Neurodegeneration, Technological and methodological Development.
Photo: Anna Vyazovaya, Alena Gerasimova, Igor Mokrousov, Viacheslav Zhuravlev, An van de Bossche.