02 Mar 2012

The Bordeaux University Hospital and the “Investments for the Future” program

The results of the calls for projects successively launched within the « Investments for the Future » program have progressively been made public over the year 2011 by the ministerial authorities and the General Commission for Investment.

The Bordeaux University coordinated file preparation for submissions in the Bordeaux area. In the Biology & Health sector, the Bordeaux University Hospital Center management and teams actively collaborated with research organizations to finalize application files, and are delighted with the results achieved…

It is good to note that the Bordeaux University was selected, in a call for projects for the « Initiatives for Excellence » program, to become one of the multidisciplinary centers for excellence in higher education and research worldwide, on a par with the best international universities.

IHU – Hospital and University Institutes

The LIRYC project

That is the Institute for Rhythmology and Cardiac modeling (Bordeaux University, Inserm, Bordeaux University Hospital Center), the aim of which is to develop a unique multidisciplinary program for research, training, care and transfer, combining a wide range of skills in order to understand, identify and treat cardiac rhythm disorders which are one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

LIRYC is a multidisciplinary research, clinical and teaching Institute bringing together  world-class competences in cardiology, imaging, signal processing and modeling in a single platform to understand the complexity of electrical cardiac diseases.

LIRYC addresses the most prevalent arrhythmia and main risk factors for embolic stroke (atrial fibrillation), the most lethal (ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation) disorders of  cardiac rhythm and electrical ventricular dyssynchrony leading to heart failure. The project will also make it possible to recruit expertise lacking in France and combine it with the international-level teams already in Bordeaux.

With its new scientific program for 2020, LIRYC aims to drastically improve the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac electrical diseases through the development of MRI-assisted surgical methods, new devices and drug targets, computer programs for assisting diagnostics, thereby improving patient care, reducing hospitalization rates and cardiovascular mortality and optimizing quality of life. This will also open up business opportunities for the healthcare industry.

This range of skills will allow for multidisciplinary training action designed for healthcare professionals as well as researchers and engineers, eventually reinforcing research potential but also the capacity to develop partnerships and set up innovative companies in the field of healthcare technology.

LIRYC is already the subject of numerous partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry and the industry for medical devices linked to rhythm disorders. A network of innovative companies is to be set up in the sectors of diagnosis, imaging and modeling within a market that will show significant growth in the coming years.

For further information (in French): The LIRYC project

LABEX – Laboratories for excellence

The BRAIN project

(Bordeaux University) which brings together five neuroscience institutes in Bordeaux, the aim of which is to better understand normal brain operation in order to identify dysfunctions within pathological situations and explore new imaging methods using nanotechnology to visualize brain operation. Multidisciplinary research aims to improve treatment of neurodegenerative diseases or psychiatric disorders.

For further information: The BRAIN project

The TRAIL project

(Bordeaux University), the aim of which is to facilitate inter- and multidisciplinary research in imaging, from methodology to clinical application, by offering diagnostic innovation and new strategies to evaluate treatment, develop image-guided therapy and drug delivery. It will also provide evaluation on imaging techniques for patient care, the effect on public health and the socio-economic impact.

For further information: The TRAIL project

EQUIPEX – Equipment for excellence

The PHENOVIRT project

(Bordeaux University / CNRS), the aim of which is to develop a neuro-psychopharmacological platform in order to study attention deficit and the effects of fatigue in normal subjects or elderly patients suffering from cognitive disorders, in virtual conditions with flight or driving simulators for example, or a driving supervision system.


…and other projects involving the Bordeaux University Hospital



The i-SHARE project

(Bordeaux University / Inserm / Versailles Saint Quentin University), the aim of which is to explore risk factors of diseases in a population of young adults (30,000 students followed over a period of at least 10 years), an age group for which little information is available despite specific risks (mood disorders and suicide, hazardous behavior and accidents, exposure to alcohol and drugs). Behaviors during this period can also have a long-term impact on chronic diseases (cancers, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases).

For further information (in French): The i-SHARE project

National infrastructures for research in biology and health

The Biobank project

(Inserm) which partners 70 biological resource centers including the one in Bordeaux, with the aim of incorporating on a national level the capacities for collecting and storing biological samples of human origin and microbial collection, ensuring the quality of collection and associated clinical notes and facilitating access to said collections for research projects.

The F-CRIN project

(Inserm) which partners 54 clinical investigation centers including the one in Bordeaux, with the aim of reinforcing competitiveness of French clinical research in the initiation and performance of large multinational clinical trials.

The France-BioImaging project

(CNRS), located in five centers including Bordeaux, with the aim of combining research efforts by distributing said efforts between a few excellent French centers and making tools -in particular image-processing tools- available to the group.