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First symposium on biomedical engineering at X

On December 17, 2019, the first Biomedical Engineering Symposium brought together researchers from the Plateau de Saclay and medical doctors from several hospitals to discuss their research themes in order to improve patient treatment. Three new projects funded by the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation were also announced.

École Polytechnique researchers are working on various applications of biomedical engineering (BME), and the first BME Symposium on December 17, 2019 brought together the BME communities of l'X and more generally of IP Paris, as well as Inria and Université Paris-Saclay, with doctors from Nantes University, APHP, and the hospitals Foch, Lariboisière and Marie Lannelongue.

The medicine of the future is moving towards personalization of treatment, targeted therapies, and use of connected technologies. To meet these challenges, BME is a rapidly expanding scientific field that applies concepts and technologies from the physical sciences and engineering to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Dialogue between researchers and medical doctors is therefore essential to produce realistic solutions that meet the needs of patients.

Identified since 2015, the X BME community brings together the expertise of researchers from different fields in order to structure these activities. It regularly enriches itself with new partnerships which allow it to increase its activity by funding new research projects, like the partnership with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.

Bettencourt Schueller Seed Grant Program

Launched in 2018, this program enables collaborative projects between medical doctors and researchers in order to explore new fields of research with the aim of benefiting patients. The Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation announced yesterday that the first three laureates of this program are:

  • The PERFUSION project which aims to diagnose chronic nephropathy by the use of ultra-sound and ultra-rapid acquisition allowing imaging of kidney vessels, proposed by Jean-Luc Gennisson, CNRS research director at Paris-Sud University and Jean-Michel Correas, Professor of Radiology at the Paris-Descartes University and vice-chairman of the Department of Adult Radiology at Necker University Hospital.
  • The BRAIN HARMONICS project whose objective is to characterize pathologies that affect myelin, the sheath that surrounds nerve fibers, using 3rd harmonic generation microscopy at different scales within the brain, submitted by Emmanuel Beaurepaire, CNRS research director at the Laboratory of Optics and Biosciences (LOB, a CNRS UMR/École polytechnique/Inserm), Chiara Stringari, CNRS research scientist at LOB, and Bruno Stankoff, Professor of Neurology at Sorbonne University and head of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Saint Antoine Hospital, APHP.
  • The “Mechanical probing of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes” project studying the mechanics of lymphocytes in tumors, proposed by Julien Husson, assistant professor at the Hydrodynamics Laboratory (UMR CNRS/École polytechnique) and Emanuela Romano, Medical Director at the Center for Cancer Immunotherapy .

The next BME Symposium is scheduled for next year and will take place on November 17, 2020.