Between university research and health issues
On Wednesday 29 June, Guillaume Laurent, Director of the CHM, accompanied by Christelle Jadeau, Head of the Clinical Research Platform, came to the Le Mans campus to visit some of our research platforms and some places of student life.
This visit, the aim of which was to discover part of the university, once again underlines the strong partnership that binds our two institutions.
Guillaume Laurent first went to the experimental room of the laboratory Motricity, Interactions, Performance (MIP).
This recently enlarged space allows, on the one hand, to measure neuromuscular capacities and, on the other hand, to analyze the movement associated with specific deficiencies. This equipment also includes measuring instruments to detect imbalances and monitor a person’s postural control. The experiments carried out at the MIP make it possible to create a complete map of a person’s mobility and to adapt physical activities to their needs. This expertise is already the subject of joint hospital and university projects that can be put to the service of geriatrics and orthopedics.
The visit continued at the Biology of Organisms, Stress, Health and Environment (BiOSSE) Laboratory.
Some of the teams from Le Mans and Laval were able to present the different research directions, some set up the laboratory. At the Laval campus, researchers are testing microalgae for their anti-obesity, anti-cancer and antimicrobial effects. At the Le Mans site, teams study the environmental, toxicological or even health effects of microalgal biomolecules, and in particular on certain candidates suffering from tumor angiogenesis.
Guillaume Laurent and Christelle Jadeau then discovered the Institute of Molecules and Materials of Le Mans (IMMM – UMR CNRS 6283).
The researchers first presented the vibrational spectroscopy platform, which analyzes the structure of materials in depth. This technology makes it possible to detect diseases that are difficult to identify today, such as ovarian cancer, or even to predict the appearance of certain pathologies. The journey inside the IMMM continued on the X-ray platform, with a presentation of the equipment used to observe the crystallography of molecules. This method, which is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, makes it possible to examine the structure of so-called “crystalline” matter at the atomic level.
The “research” focus of the visit ended at the University of Le Mans Acoustics Laboratory (LAUM – UMR CNRS 6613).
A presentation of the topics and the different teams was offered in the laboratory showroom. Wave propagation, thermoacoustics, electroacoustics, sensors, signal study, … Research at LAUM allows a complete study of sound, whether pleasant or harmful, and its propagation in closed or open spaces and on different types of surfaces. The discovery of the laboratory ended with an immersion in the anechoic chamber, a unique experience of living in an environment where no sound reverberate.
A second part focused on specific university services.
The staff of the university library organized a tour of the premises. As a real student living space, the BU offers users spacious and quiet work areas as well as the opportunity to look up books, some of which are rare.
The afternoon ended with a presentation of the mediation offers of the science culture service for the hospital, especially in pediatrics, with reading workshops. This cooperation between the two institutions offers patients a break that takes them away from their everyday nursing care.
This very appreciated first visit strengthens the possible synergies between the laboratories and services of the university with the teams of the Center Hospitalier du Mans. The attractiveness of the territory for future doctors wishing to settle in the department also depends on a strong local network.
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