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Better living, living longer and in good health and making rational use of biological resources are two very important issues for the 21st century. They have been identified as priorities by the Horizon 2020 programme. These concerns are central to the transversal theme in life sciences for which the laboratory wishes to strengthen and enhance its visibility.

Keywords : Medical imaging neuronal signal processing genomic data analysis biological network modelling artificial organ design automation of hospital equipment.

Coordinator : Samuel CHAFFRON  

The main characteristic of such a theme is its great multidisciplinary nature. Thus, it only develops through strong collaborations with actors in the life sciences world.
In the field of ICTS, the challenges are twofold.
The first level concerns biological data: it involves improving techniques for the production/acquisition, transmission and storage of data, their analysis and interpretation within a living system. The laboratory's actors are very well placed in these fields with skills in data management in distributed contexts, in the development of genomic data analysis algorithms, in the processing of imaging data, in the modelling and analysis of complex biological systems.
The natural applications of these results concern, for example, the development of personalized medicine, in collaboration with health stakeholders, or the study of ecological environments, in collaboration with stakeholders in the environmental genomics sector. This can also lead to partnerships with manufacturers of measuring and imaging instruments.
The second level is set in the context of the construction of the future university hospital district of Nantes by 2025. In this context, an automation of resources and a rationalisation of the organization of this hospital of the future must be developed. The laboratory, with its expertise in robotics, automation and optimization, is able to meet these challenges. The laboratory's assets are based on a dynamic and favorable local environment.

  • Sustainable collaborations have been established at the regional health level.
  • In medical and nuclear imaging;
  • In neural signal processing;
  • In genomic data analysis;
  • In modeling and analysis of biological networks;
  • In automation and artificial organ design;
  • In robotization of hospital equipment;

Uniting projects such as the GRIOTE (structuring of Bioinformatics in Pays de la Loire) and SYMETRIC (setting up a biomedical data processing platform) projects, strongly involve the laboratory teams.

Sustainable collaborations have also been established in ecology at the regional and interregional levels.
On this transversal theme, the laboratory's teams already enjoy international recognition. This is evidenced by the many collaborations with prestigious universities such as Melbourne, Princeton, Maryland, to name a few.

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