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24/04/2017 Research and Science, Europe & International

Personalised Medicine : an international Action Plan published

Personalised medicine is an innovative method to treat patients that uses research, data and cutting-edge technology in providing better diagnostics and follow-up. It facilitates more personalised health interventions for citizens and offers tailored therapies and treatments for patients. The full potential of personalised medicine cannot be achieved due to several barriers and challenges. To boost personalised medicine, the International Consortium of Personalized Medicine (ICPerMed) has recently published a consensus view on the research and development needed in order to further advance personalised medicine.

25/07/2016 Research and Science

ANR Partners’ Medimax Project Wins Bull-Joseph Fourier First Prize

The Medimax project has made use of supercomputing and modelling to speed up and enhance the way we visualise strokes. The two teams behind the project received this year’s Bull-Joseph Fourier First Prize, dedicated to accelerating the development of computer simulation.

05/04/2016 Research and Science

Microelectronics: Salware Project Offers Solutions for Securing Integrated Circuits

The Salware project, funded in 2013 under the "Young Researchers” instrument has driven forward knowledge on securing embedded circuits. Salware has also paved the way for new tools enabling circuit manufacturers and industry players using circuits to curb counterfeiting. Funding from the project has gone towards a young team researching into a heretofore unexplored theme in France.

18/12/2015 Research and Science

Chemistry: Oxycarb Project Confirms Existence of New Chemical

So-called glycosylation reactions are required to convert sugars into high value-added molecules inside living organisms, and used in labs for technological purposes. Even though such reactions have been studied and used in chemistry for over a century, their inner workings remained shrouded in mystery. French and Spanish researchers working under the Oxycarb project have partly resolved the mystery by identifying ions called glycosyl cations. These reaction intermediates’ existence had been advanced at the theoretical level, but never observed first-hand.

18/11/2015 Research and Science, ANR

Antibiotic Resistance: Coordinating Research at the Supra-national Level

The first ever World Antibiotic Awareness Week is currently underway. Today also happens to be European Antibiotic Awareness Day. These campaigns, initiated respectively by the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Control, are an opportunity for ANR to highlight its involvement in the Joint Programming Initiative “Antimicrobial Resistance” (JPI AMR).

16/10/2015 Research and Science

Three projects fight elderly malnutrition, launch website

Why does food have taste? Should the elderly eat the same portions as young people? What is malnutrition and what causes it in seniors? Partners from the projects Aupalesens, Renessens and Alimassens have launched a website to spread awareness about malnutrition in older adults and disseminate recent research breakthroughs.

02/10/2015 Research and Science

The FRIPON project, using cameras to track down meteorites

Meteorites are rocks that fall down to Earth from the solar system. Studying them allows us to learn more about the solar system’s origins and evolution. With changes in lifestyle having caused meteorite sightings to become increasingly rare and scattered, the FRIPON project created the world’s densest camera network to track the origin of meteorites and facilitate their collection.

01/10/2015 Research and Science

Musimorphoses project gives ear to music listening in the digital age

The project, which benefits from a 36-month ANR grant worth €296 K, is peering into how music is shared, sold, recorded, broadcast, played, promoted and pirated in the Western world and other regions throughout the planet. The hardware and software that underpin them, often overlooked by sociological research, are given a prominent role in the study.

30/09/2015 Research and Science

POLYPERL: scientists pry into the world of pearl oysters

In 30 years’ time, pearl culture has become a critical economic activity in French Polynesia. To counter the crisis affecting the sector, the POLYPERL project, launched in February 2012 and funded by ANR over a period of four years in the amount of €707 k, seeks to both further fundamental knowledge on oyster pearls and their culture, as well as produce operational tools for industry professionals with a view to sustainable and integrated management of pearl culture in French Polynesia.

14/09/2015 Research and Science

Marine mammals as oceanographic platforms, a new tool for recording physical and biological data in remote areas

Research on the effects of climate change on oceans remains held back by a lack of in situ data, particularly from Polar Regions. To make up for this deficit, diving marine mammals have become a critical part of the ocean observation system. On June 1, the international MEOP portal opened up access to information collected by animals tagged with tracking devices. The following is a presentation of three projects led by the initiative’s French branch and funded by ANR.