The HCA (Human Cell Atlas) Project aims to establish the first Human Cell Atlas. Funded by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and cofounder of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan, HCA is starting with 38 pilot projects, involving scientists from eight countries.
These eminent researchers include Pascal Barbry of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Côte d’Azur and CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), leading the French team selected after an international call for tender.
The French Riviera team’s is to draw up a map of the identity of all cells present in the human respiratory tract. Also associated with this project are the Department of adult and paediatric pneumology at the CHU (Teaching Hospital) of Nice-Lenval Foundation (Dr Leroy, Dr Giovanni-Chami, Pr Marquette).
The Atlas will pave the way for a genuine revolution in the perception of human anatomy! It will help advance our understanding of fundamental processes in human biology and address basic issues concerning the progression of diseases.
This Atlas should lead in time to developing new diagnostic techniques and pharmacological targets. All data will be freely available to researchers and physicians the world over.
This demonstrates global recognition of expertise on the French Riviera in the fields of new technologies and health!
The project is supported by Cancéropole PACA, Vaincre la Mucoviscidose Association, Infrastructure Nationale Génomique and Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council.