Hospital-University Federations (FHUs) were created as part of France’s Investments for the Future Programs, designed to enable the creation of multi-institution organizations with critical mass in a global context, seeking excellence and pursuing the ultimate goal of increasing the country’s economic growth potential. The goal of these investment programs is to support productivity, innovation, and competitiveness in France.
In February 2015, the Montpellier and Nîmes University Hospital Centers (CHUs), along with University of Montpellier and Aviesan, launched a regional call-for-projects entitled FHU_LR. Six applications were evaluated. A rigorous selection process involving international experts resulted in the certification, in December 2016, of three 5-year projects symbolic of regional expertise potential:
CHRONIC INFECTIONS: from pathogenesis to care
Led by Professor Jacques Reynes (MD, PhD) and Jean-Philippe LAVIGNE (MD, PhD)
Visit the website: www.chu-montpellier.fr/fr/inch
Cancer, Heteroclonality, and Personalized Treatments
Led by Professor Guillaume Cartron (MD, PhD) and Charles Theillet (PhD)
Visit the website: www.chu-montpellier.fr/fr/evocan
Regeneration and rehabilitation to restore mobility in diseases with musculo‐skeletal tissue dysfunction
Led by Professor Christian Jorgensen (MD, PhD) and Alain Lacampagne (DR1 CNRS)
Visit the website: www.chu-montpellier.fr/fr/regenhab
The following were not certified, but nonetheless chosen to pursue internally:
Led by Professor Yves Dauvilliers
Health Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Led by Professor Eric Renard
These federations leverage a particularly dense local community of research teams and laboratories in regional university hospitals recognized in their respective fields.