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Dear IMGT user,
We receive many congratulation messages that are very supportive of our work.
Your support is very helpful to obtain funding for the salaries of the IMGT annotators.
Many thanks to the authors of the messages for agreeing to have their message made publicly available, on the IMGT Web site, in the IMGT Livre d'Or
Best regards
The IMGT team

Japan, 25 December 2009
Dear Dr. Véronique Giudicelli,
Thank you very much for your quick response to my inquiry.
I greatly appreciate your efforts to make IMGT/GENE-DB always healthy.
We cannot live without IMGT/GENE-DB in this field and hope to support your DB activities strongly.
With best wishes,
Osamu Ohara, Ph.D.
Laboratory for Immunogenomics, Group Director
RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology
RIKEN Yokohama Institute
1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi
Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan
Deputy Director
Department Head of Human Genome Research
Kazusa DNA Research Institute
2-6-7 Kazusa-Kamatari, Kisarazu, Chiba 292-0818, Japan
USA, 23 December 2009
Dear Dr. Lefranc,
I have been using IMGT for clinical and research purposes for several years and am extremely grateful for this resource.
Jason Merker, M.D., Ph.D.
Instructor, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Clinical Cytogenetics
Department of Pathology
Stanford University Medical Center
300 Pasteur Drive, L235
Stanford, CA 94305-5324, USA
USA, 2 October 2008
Dear Dr. Lefranc:
I use your IMGT website all the time for my research - Thank you for compiling all this useful data.
Aimee Tallarico
Aimee Tallarico, Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA
Spain, 21 July 2008
Dear Véronique,
The V-REGION mutation statistics is very important tool, it saves me from a lot of work. Congratulations for your program.
Thank you so much once again,
Maria Joao
Maria Joao Baptista
Lab 301, Department of Hematology
Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
Villarroel, 170
08036-Barcelona, Spain
Australia, 11 July 2008
Hi Marie,
Hope all is well.
My name is Dr John Miles and I'm a TcR biologist from Australia. We communicated last year about a new TRAJ gene variant we found. Incidentally, Thanks for adding it to the IMGT database. It's a fantastic site by the way; I recommend it to all my colleagues. I'm also very found of your books.
Best Regards,
John Miles, PhD
Infections diseases & Immunology Division Comprehensive cancer research centre
Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Royal Brisbane Hospital Post Office
300 Herston Road
USA, 10 December 2007
Dear Marie-Paule Lefranc,
Thanks for your work (and that of others in IMGT), I love using IMGT, its a great resource!!!!!
Nishanth M
Nishanth Marthandan
Department of Pathology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UTSWMD)
6000 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390, USA
Canada, 19 September 2007
Dear Marie-Paule
The IGMT site is such a valuable service - thanks for all your work on this!
Take care,
Wendy Tamminen
USA, 17 September 2007
I also want to thank you for all the fantastic work that you have done over the years in rationalizing TCRs.
You have made our lives so much easier in the process!
Best wishes
Daniel Douek, MD PhD
Chief, Human Immunology Section
Vaccine Research Center, Room 3509
40 Convent Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-3022, USA
USA, 20 July 2007
You guys are doing a great job.
Roberta Pelanda, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Immunology
National Jewish Medical and Research Center
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
1400 Jackson Street
Denver, CO-80206, USA
USA, 19 January 2007
Dear IMGT Team:
I have found your IMGT database to be an indispensable resource in my work in basal animal immunity.
Jim Sullivan
Jim Sullivan
Department of Biology
Boston University
5 Cummington Street
Boston, MA02215, USA
USA, 18 January 2007
Dr. Lefranc,
I am a former graduate student of Dr. J. Donald Capra's in Oklahoma and from that I send my greeting to you. I would like to express my appreciation for the work that you and your group are doing to set up and maintain the IMGT database. It goes without saying what a tremendous resource it is.
Grant R. Kolar MD, PhD
Resident Physician
Department of Pathology and Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
UK, 4 December 2006
Good luck with the website it is excellent.
Peter Molloy
Peter Molloy
Avidex Limited
57c Milton Park
Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RX
United Kingdom
Switzerland, 25 November 2006
Dear Marie-Paule,
I really enjoy using your web site to analyse our antibody sequence data. Thanks again for all the effort you have put into making and maintaining this site.
Warm regards,
Antonio Lanzavecchia, MD Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Via Vincenzo Vela 6
CH-6500 Bellinzona
Austria, 23 November 2006
Dear IMGT team,
I am a frequent user of the IMGT web-site and its many useful software tools and data representations.
IMGT is an excellent reference in the immunology field due to its high quality, coherent systematics, user friendly interfaces, free accessibility as well as the frequent updates. For many of the web-tools automated processing is facilitated by distributing curated and structured data for local use (e.g. reference directory) as well as by providing the option of textual outputs.
Thanks for your work!!!
Maria Novatchkova
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology
Dr. Bohr-Gasse 7, 1030 Vienna
Sweden, 15 November 2006
Dear Marie-Paule:
I have just tested your new version of IGMT/V-QUEST and it is great! The new features, for instance mutation statistics, mutation targeting is very helpful!
Thanks for the very nice database!
Best regards
Qiang Pan-Hammarström, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Div. of Clinical Immunology, F79
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge
SE141-86 Stockholm
UK, 10 November 2006
Dear Dr Lefranc,
Thank you for your extremely useful and complete resource. We are cloning human T cell receptors for use in future cancer clinical trials and our work is greatly facilitated by your database.
Martin Pule MD,
Lecturer in Haematology,
University College London,
98 Chenies Mews, WC1E 6HX
USA, 13 July 2006
Dear Professor Marie-Paule Lefranc,
I want to thank you and your colleagues for the creation and maintenance of the international ImMunoGeneTics information system (IMGT). It is a wonderful resource for research and molecular diagnostics. Congratulations for your fine accomplishment.
With Kind Regards,
Steven A. Schichman, MD, PhD
Steven A. Schichman, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Chief, Hematopathology and Molecular Diagnostics
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
4300 West 7th Street
Little Rock, AR 72205-5484
Italy, 18 February 2006
The IMGT website is really beautiful!
Claudia Scotti
Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale
Sezione di Patologia Generale
Universita' di Pavia
Piazza Botta, 10
27100 Pavia
Germany, 02 January 2006
In my work I have accessed the great amount of information contained on the IMGT Home page.
Congratulation for this very complex but very well structured and thus easy to use website!
Best regards,
Alena Bencsik
Alena Bencsik
Service Transgene
Miltenyi Biotech GmbH
MACSmolecular Business Unit
Stöckheimer Weg 1
50829 Cologne, Germany
USA, 01 January 2006
Dear Marie-Paule and all IMGT colleagues:
I really enjoy looking at the posters that are available from your website. They provided the community a really useful and helpful tool for further understanding the genetic structure and complexity of these beautiful genes.
Thank you very much for a wonderful New Year's gift.
I look forward to seeing more posters and more bioinformatics tools and databases from your website.
Best wishes.
Hui-Chen Hsu, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
473 LHR Building
701 19th Street South
UAB Station Birmingham, AL 35294-0007, USA
USA, 9 December 2005
Your IMGT pages are exceedingly helpful conceptually and practically.
Congratulations, and thank you.
Dr. Carl Dowds
Dr. Carl Dowds
Discovery Biology
Scios Inc.
Fremont, California, USA
Italy, 07 December 2005
Dear Dr. Lefranc
Thank you for the IMGT web site and db that I find very useful and detailed.
Claudio Santoro
Prof. Claudio Santoro
University of Eastern Piedmont "A.Avogadro"
Dept. of Medical Sciences, IRCAD
28100 Novara, Italy
France, 07 June 2005
Chère Marie-Paule,
Encore une fois, toutes mes félicitations pour IMGT, qui vraiment est une mine fantastique de renseignements. J'imagine tous les efforts que doit représenter la maintenance d'une telle base.
Toutes mes amitiés.
Bernard Malissen
Centre d'Immunologie INSERM-CNRS (CIML)
Parc Scientifique et Technologique de Luminy
13288 Marseille Cedex 09, France
Canada, 07 June 2005
Dear Dr Lefranc,
I find your web site tremendously valuable for B cell genetics research.
Kindest regards,
Alain Lamarre
Alain Lamarre, PhD
INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier
531, boulevard des Prairies
Laval, Quebec
France, 27 May 2005
Chère Marie-Paule,
Bien que j'ai toujours "défendu" IMGT, je ne l'avais jamais vraiment utilisé... Depuis quelques mois c'est devenu un outil pour nous. Tu as vraiment mis au point un extraordinaire outil !!!!! Félicitations.
Bernard Malissen
Centre d'Immunologie INSERM-CNRS (CIML)
Parc Scientifique et Technologique de Luminy
13288 Marseille Cedex 09, France
USA, 02 May 2005
The website is wonderful, and I use it all the time.
Joe Volpe
Joe Volpe
Bioinformatics and genome technology (BGT) Graduate Program
Duke Bioinformatics
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708, USA
Canada, 05 March 2005
Hi Marie-Paule,
In stumbling across the IMGT website, while being a former Protein Data Bank user, I must express my gratitude for the work that has gone into producing this database.
The level of information contained in these pages are astounding, especially if you know what you are looking for. It makes it a lot easier for me to not have to sieve through Kabat's many volumes just to find out the VDJ combinations. Once again, for those who have used this resource and have not expressed their gratitude, I would like to thank you for them as well. Thank you to you and your team!
Sean Law
York University
China, USA, 20 January 2005
Dear Prof. Lefranc,
Your website is great and I love it very much. Thank you for your great efforts.
Best wishes,
Linqi Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Staff Investigator
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
The Rockefeller University, USA
The AIDS Research Center
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Peking Union Medical School
Beijing, China
USA, 12 January 2005
Dear Quentin Kaas and Marie-Paule Lefranc,
Thanks for the most useful resource of IMGT,
Dave Garboczi
David N. Garboczi, PhD
Structural Biology Section
Laboratory of Immunogenetics (LIG)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
12441 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852-1742, USA
France, 2 December 2004
Thanks so much for your help, and for making available this very helpful website!
Yours sincerely,
Janet Maryanski
Janet L. Maryanski, PhD
IFR 128 BioSciences Lyon-Gerland
21 Avenue Tony Garnier
69365 Lyon Cedex 07, France
France, 9 November 2004
Chère Marie-Paule
Je préparais un cours sur les Ig et TcR, et bien sûr j'ai utilisé le site IMGT en en faisant référence, c'est vraiment formidable !
Patrice MARCHE
Laboratoire d'Immunochimie
Université Joseph Fourier
Grenoble, France
UK, 13 August 2004
It was great to meet you and your husband in Quebec - the IMGT is such a brilliant resource!
Rob Aitken
Institute of Biomedical & Life Sciences
Joseph Black Building, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, UK
USA, 11 August 2004
Dear Dr. Lefranc,
it was very nice meeting you in Montreal. I would like to express once again my appreciation for the wonderful tools provided by your imgt website. I use it every day, and I think it is essential for anyone who works on TCR or Ig.
Thank you,
Lisa Bregoli, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
USA, 12 May 2004
Dear Mrs Lefranc,
Thank you very much for your answer, I appreciate very much.
Moreover I would like to add that the IMGT website is fantastic.
Thank you very much, once again,
Yours sincerely,
Katja Mauerer, MD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA 02115, USA
USA, 3 May 2004
Dear Marie-Paule,
Thanks again for your help, and for maintaining IMGT - it's a great resource.
Melissa J. Landrum, Ph.D.
RefSeq Project
Bethesda, MD, USA
Greece, 20 January 2004
Best wishes for a happy and creative New Year!!
Please allow me to express my congratulations on your most comprehensive book (The Immunoglobulin FactsBook);
is indeed a most helpful companion to everyone interested in immunoglobulin analysis.
Best regards
Kostas Stamatopoulos
Hematology Department and HCT Unit
G. Papanicolaou Hospital
57010 Theassaloniki, Greece
USA, 9 January 2004
Dear Marie-Paule,
Thank you very much for your help and kindness.
The IMGT website is very informative and well organized and I would like to express
my appreciation to all who participated in its creation and maintenance.
Happy New Year to you all.
Dmitri Andreev
GALA Biotech
Middleton, WI, USA
USA, 8 January 2004
Dear Marie-Paule and Gerard,
Best wishes to you for a happy and productive New Year.
I wish to congratulate you on the major efforts you have put into the IMGT.
This is indeed an extremely valuable resource.
With best personal regards.
Jack Marchalonis
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
College of Medicine, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ85724, USA
USA, 6 January 2004
Thank you for the website. It is a delight and most useful!
Robert Winchester
Division of Autoimmune and Molecular Diseases
College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University
New York City, NY 1003
USA, 28 October 2003
Dear Dr. Lefranc,
Thank you for an excellent site.
Gita Bangera
Lynnwood, WA, USA
Australia, 25 September 2003
Subject: IMGT/Phylogene
Thank you for your effort in maintaining this very useful site.
With best wishes
Andrew Collins
A/Professor Andrew Collins
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney AUSTRALIA 2052
Brasil, 31 July 2003
I would like to congratulate Prof. Marie-Paule Lefranc and her team by the initiative and effort in the coordination of the IMGT information system.
I have followed the effort of Marie-Paule Lefranc since the early phases of the IMGT Data Base when I was a post-doc working with Marie-Paule at CNRS of Montpellier (1992-1994).
Once back to my lab. at University of São Paulo, campus of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, in 1994, myself and my students have used with interest the IMGT Data Base as a indispensable tool to our studies and research on molecular genetics of immunoglobulins and T-cell receptors.
Today, in practice, is impossible to work on molecular immunogenetics without to follow the IMGT Data Base Web site.
Geraldo A. S. Passos, PhD
University of São Paulo
Campus of Ribeirão Preto
14040-900 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil
USA, 16 July 2003
Dear Dr. Lefranc,
Thank you for your quick response.
I will take this opportunity to tell you how incredibly useful the IMGT information system is.
I use it weekly and have for years.
It is exciting to see the additions over the years.
Thank you again for your reply,
Lindsay Grey Cowell
Department of Immunology
Duke University
Durham, NC 27710
USA, 04 June 2003
I want to be sure you know how much we LOVE the database you run
And how much we appreciate the BOOK you wrote with the data within
I don't know how our lab would function without it.
Donald Capra
President and Scientific Director
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - OMRF
Oklahoma city OK73104-5046
USA, 21 May 2003
Dear Dr. Lefranc:
We greatly appreciate your IMGT database and the FactsBook.
Jan Storek
Jan Storek, MD, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
USA, 21 May 2003
Dear Dr. Lefranc
I find IMGT extremely useful.
Many thanks,
Dr. Zhiping Weng
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomed. Eng., Bioinformatics Program
Boston University, Boston, MA 02215
USA, 20 May 2003
Dear Dr. Lefranc,
Thanks for nice website IMGT.
Thanks for help.
Aihong Li MD, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Department of Medical Oncology
Boston, MA 02115
UK, 29 April 2003
Dear Marie-Paule Lefranc,
I've just been looking at your very impressive IMGT webpages.
With best wishes,
Liz Soilleux
Liz Soilleux, MA, MB, BChir, PhD
Teaching Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS
and Specialist Registrar in Histopathology, Papworth Hospital
Canada, 20 December 2002
Hi Marie-Paule,
Thanks for a great resource and Happy New Year.
Simon Foote
Bioinformatics Specialist
Institute for Biological Sciences
National Research Council of Canada
USA, 29 August 2002
Dear Marie-Paule,
The T cell receptor Factsbook and the Ig book are a tremendous amount of searching and insightful work.
I really appreciate these books,
Ursula Storb, M.D.
Dept. of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637