March 2019, UTC organized a lecture on “Biology and the functions of living tissues” with research scientists from the Mayo Clinic present. Dr Richard Ehman, Dr Peter Amadio and Dr John Hawse travelled to Compiegne from the Mayo Clinic Campus in Rochester, Minnesota (USA) where their scientific discoveries are converted into therapeutic protocols. Interactions zoom into14 years between, UTC, Mayo Clinic and the CNRS.
Co-operation between UTC, Mayo Clinic and the CNRS enabled Sabine Bensamoun, a CNRS research officer seconded to the UTC-BMBI (biomechanics and bio-engineering) Lab to continue her research initiate at the Mayo Clinic on muscle fibres and functional factors and thereby to enrich the CNRS and UTC in regard to the new techniques she learned there. Productivity in thins cooperation also allowed the CNRS and UTC to develop a unique knowledge base in analyzing muscle tissues and to receive international recognition. “This know-how is now disseminated in various clinics and laboratories round the world. I am highly grateful to Drs Ehman, Amadio and Hawse who have taken on their personal time to come over here to tell s more about their research fields and I’m also very happy that UTC and the CNRS were able to attend these very high level presentations”, she adds witnessing the March 11, 2019 lectures given at the UTC Innovation Centre.
Several years at Rochester (MN, US) for our Picard scientist
Sabine Bensamoun herself is a product of the Mayo Clinic Foundation (Rochester, MN, USA), a world reference in medical research. The years she spent there turned her into the scientist she is today? “I enjoyed an exceptional training scheme and I can only underscore the high quality features. One point I recall especially was that when we were developing protocols and when the results were not satisfactory, the support, the encouragement, the presence of a team, a family at the difficult times” she concludes. “I shall always remember the constant, positive spirit, picking you up, pulling you all the way, all the time. As a high-level athlete I know what these values mean and her they are very close to the world of research”.
RESEARCH WITH GUARANTEED APPLICATIONS AND MARKETS
If a muscle is “ill” because of a pathology, or shows sports-induced damage, the techniques that have been developed enable us now to monitor the situation and adapt the treatment accordingly. There are multiple possible applications and market outlets: medical domain (elastographics for face and leg muscles…), the pharmaceutical sector (links between the TIEG gene and certain muscular pathologies (using muscular feedback data to simulate walking/ambulation modes and to model muscular behaviours).