A large multidisciplinary project oriented towards technological innovation
to accelerate the transfer of basic research to the patient’s bed
Research in the field of cancer at the Poitiers site is organized within the University Pole of Multidisciplinary Research in Cancerology (PURPC in french). The PURPC brings together more than 200 people and all scientific disciplines, around an ambitious project resolutely focused on technological innovation to fight cancer more effectively by accelerating the transfer of basic research to the patient’s bed. Thus, by combining the skills of doctors with those of researchers in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, but also in sports sciences and human and social sciences, the scientific project of the Poitiers site is structured around two research axes main:
Axis 1 – Targets, therapeutic and diagnostic innovations
Axis 2 – Well-being and cancer: environment and life course
By bringing together all of these forces around these two lines of research, the University and the CHU of Poitiers encourage the development of high-level multidisciplinary research in oncology. Thanks to this structuring, the PURPC addresses all of the following issues:
- prevention, by studying in a multimodal way the various environmental factors leading to carcinogenesis and by proposing innovative solutions to limit these risks.
- diagnostics, by developing new tools for the ultra-early detection of cancers by highlighting relevant targets associated with major technological advances.
- therapy, with the discovery of personalized therapeutic and prognostic approaches allowing the treatment of each patient in an optimized manner thanks to a stratification of the biological specificities of cancers at the cellular and molecular level.
- patient care during and after illness, by studying the environmental, social, legal, economic and territorial factors that influence recovery and quality of life.
In this way, with PURPC, patients will benefit more quickly from new technological advances for better management of the disease, from testing to treatment. In addition, these innovative technologies will have an impact on the environment which will decrease the incidence of certain cancers, as well as on the socio-economic environment of the patient by increasing the chances of recovery.