Mickael Tanter and his team are awarded the Grand Prize of Foundation NRJ – Institut de France on June 3rd at Institut de France (French Academy of Science)
At a solemn ceremony under the dome of the Institut de France Wednesday, June 3 at 15 am, the NRJ Foundation – Institut de France award a science prize with 100 000 euros to Professor Mickäel TANTER and his team, to encourage pioneering research on neuroimaging, the core of ERC fUSimagine project.
Fascinated by physics and medicine, Mickäel Tanter has devoted his career to the interface between the two disciplines. After an Electrical Engineering degree Supélec, he became a researcher at the CNRS in 2000 and director of research at INSERM, specializing in the development of imaging methods and innovative therapy, such as ultrafast ultrasound imaging quantitative yield, functional imaging of brain activity by ultrasound. Mickaël Tanter now works with his team on the development of innovative imaging and medical therapy. He has developed over the last 15 years the concept of ultrafast scanner capable of reaching several thousand images per second and thus see the mechanical vibrations of the human body for multiple applications, from diagnosing cancer to cardiovascular disease. In 2005 he founded with Jacques Souquet, Claude Cohen-Bacrie Mathias Fink and the French company Supersonic Imagine selling this ultrafast ultrasound (more than 1000 systems sold worldwide).
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Finally, his team develops an ultrasound functional imaging technology of brain activity (fUltrasound – FUS), based on the ultrasensitive detection of blood flow. This technology 100 times more sensitive than Doppler ultrasound imaging brings in neuroscience and allows for the first time to detect ultrasonic blood flow in very small vessels of the brain. FUS The applications are important in scope in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive science or clinical brain imaging. Clinically, it could be used in neonates or fetuses and allow better understand brain development. Research side, FUS will provide a sensational tool for neurobiologists answer many fundamental questions about the functioning of the brain.
Thanks to the 100 000 euros of Grand Prize foundation NRJ-Institut de France, a young PhD student will be recruited in our team to extend fUS imaging in the research field of chronic pain and Alzheimer’s disease.