SYNAPS project

The SYNAPS project is coordinated by Dr. Maximilien Vermandel, Associate Professor, medical physicist in the research unit U1189 ONCO-THAI (University of Lille - Inserm - University Hospital of Lille) headed by Professor Serge Mordon.

SYNAPS brings together French, German, Austrian, Swiss and Spanish partners. They will combine their expertise in order to evaluate the use of LASER technologies to treat glioblastomas via photosensitization of cancer cells.

This project is funded by the program MRSEI (“Montage de Réseaux Scientifiques Européens ou Internationaux”) of the French National Research Agency. MRSEI aims to support French researchers to reach European or International funding programs (including H2020).

The objective of this funding instrument is to strengthen the scientific position of France by coordinating major projects and applying to European or International tenders.

On the first call, 36 projects were selected, including two projects from the University of Lille.

The kick-off meeting of SYNAPS (new synergies for Photodynamic Therapy in Neurosurgery) was held in Lille (January 2016, 11th & 12th) in the ONCO-THAI labs. Twenty people attended this first meeting (Neurosurgeons, Physicists, Project officers).

Professor Reyns and Dr. Vermandel (Neurosurgery, Lille) Introducing intraoperative Photodynamix therapy project to be launched in Lille.