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New teaching programmes in Translational Research and Personalised Medicine in the field of Cardiometabolic Diseases


1 Educational Unit in « Personalized medicine in the field of cardiometabolic diseases: towards personalized care »


In 2013, ICAN responded successfully to a call launched by the Faculty of Medicine Pierre & Marie Curie for proposals in new teaching modules; the ICAN proposal of a teaching Unit (5 ECTS) in Personalised Medicine was selected and eventually approved by the Faculty Board, and developed in frame and content in the course of 2013.


ICAN, together with the Faculty of Medicine Pierre & Marie Curie, will open in 2014 to 4th year Medical and MD/PhD students a new Educational Unit (20h) that will cover up-to-date approaches in translational research and personalised medicine in the field of cardiometabolic diseases.


This course, organised and taught by ICAN researchers/professors will provide principles of personalised treatments in obesity and rare and frequent cardiometabolic diseases (CMD), with focus on the new players in the development of these diseases: gut microbiota and adipose tissue. Definition and objectives of translational research in CMD will be developed with emphasis on environmental factors and new explorations for diagnosis and prognosis through OMICS analysis (genomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, etc.), and up-to-date imaging.


A practical training to clinical and molecular phenotyping will be dispensed to small groups of students on the ICAN clinical plateau (steps of enrolled CMD patients for clinical studies) and the ICAN phenotyping core (FACS for cell size and phenotype, sample preparation for genomic and transcriptomic studies, metabolomic and lipidomic equipment/techniques and analysis).


Small student working groups will elaborate – based on education staff proposals – experimental plans for translational research projects on personalised medicine.


See the draft programme of the Educational Unit « Personalized medicine in the field of cardiometabolic diseases: towards personalized care » 2013-2014



2 – Master 2 in “Patient care pathway in disabling and chronic diseases”

ICAN and the Institute for Translational Neurosciences of Paris (IHU-A-ICM) will propose in 2014-2015 – within the context of the new Master “Health” of the University Pierre and Marie Curie – a teaching unit (12 ECTS) on the important issue of the care pathway for those patients affected with complex and disabling chronic diseases.

This specialization offers a path of theoretical and practical teaching as well as an introduction to research in the field of care pathway enabling students – or professionals – to acquire the skills necessary to perform the functions of coordination of care from initial care to the development of the living environment, including knowledge on most recent E-tools for patient heath recording and care delivery.

The content of the main courses are as follows:

1. Care pathway: changing concepts

This course gives the student the basics of the evolution of medical and societal thinking about chronic disease and disability. It addresses various aspects of institutional care and lays the foundation of the concept of care pathways.

2. Coordination: Theoretical aspects

This course addresses the multidimensional aspects of coordination for both care and the development of projects. The student will have to master the various steps of, and partners involved in, coordination of care pathways.

3. Coordination: Practical aspects

This course allows the student to confront the theoretical and practical problems of coordination and its challenges. From concrete cases, he/she will have to master the reality of the coordination of a team and the various problems of its management, for himself/herself and for others.

4. Neurological and cardiometabolic diseases: medical aspects

This course deals with evolutionary aspects of disability that are interfering with the coordination of the life course. It considers the psychological and ethical issues around the announcement of disability and of the different evolutionary stages.

5. CardioMetabolic diseases and coordination: situational aspects

This course addresses various aspects situational aspects in chronic diseases and their impact on the difficulties in the coordination of the life course.

6. Handicap and coordination: situational aspects

This course provides a social approach and social medical disability. The student will master the various aspects of management and oversight by the company, the different actors of the place of life, methods of professional and social integration essential to the coordination of the life course. He should have the basics of the various legislative and regulatory texts relating to disability.