Aix-Marseille University is in the top 3 French universities and employs 2700 researchers and lecturers. Housing more than 100 research units with contractual agreements with larger organisations (CNRS, Inserm, INRA, IRD, CEA, INRETS) and with more than 1000 doctoral students, the University has an internationally recognised research capability, including the activities of Luminy Science Park and the Medical School of la Timone.
The UMR_S 910 research laboratory is affiliated with the Department of Medical Genetics, Timone Children’s Hospital, and maintains close relationships with many other clinical departments and laboratories of the Hospital. It brings together researchers, teachers and physicians and its work is strongly based on exceptional cohorts of patients whose management is performed at the Timone hospital and in particular in the reference centers that are coordinated by the department or in which it participates. Thus all the department’s research projects, including those focusing on basic scientific research, are performed in a context of translational research, contributing to the diagnosis and care of patients, and this ethos also underpins the ongoing research projects towards a better understanding of disease mechanisms, their prevention and possible treatment.
Christophe Béroud’s team at AMU leads RD-Connect’s activities in the area of integration of clinical bioinformatics tools as well as playing a key role in the patient registries and biobanking activities and the development of the integrated platform.