Welcome to Cyceron
Cyceron is a stated-directed structure devoted to multimodal imaging, created in 1985, to realize translational, biomedical research. Initially, the studies were essentially devoted to the neurosciences but, over the years, the research programmes include oncology, cardiology and various other disciplines.
The GIP Cyceron (GIP is an acronym for a Public Interest Group) is under the aegis of the following national and regional institutions :
- National bodies :
- CNRS : National Centre for Scientific Research
- CEA : French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
- INSERM : French National Institute of Health and Medical Research
- Regional structures :
- Lower Normandy Region
- GANIL : National Large Heavy Ion Accelerator
- CHU : University Hospital of Caen
- UCBN : University of Caen Lower Normandy
- Centre François Baclesse : Comprehensive Cancer Care in Caen
Cyceron represents, over 6000m², a unique assembly of laboratories.
At the outset, Cyceron was one of the three institutions in France that was endowed to perform Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Ever since, the centre has been continuously upgraded and extended thanks to governmental, regional and European grants. Within the centre there are a unique range of specialized laboratories and state-of-the-art instruments that include :
- A cyclotron with associated chemistry and radiochemistry laboratories as well as a sterile suite for the production of radiopharmaceutic tracers
- A number of molecular and cellular biology laboratories with all the ancillary infrastructures and scientifc equipments
- The rooms and bedrooms necessary for the investigations in volunteer subjects and patients
- Several laboratories equipped for preclinical studies with everything required for anaesthesia and physiological monitoring as well as histology
- A large number of work stations for post-investigation image analyses
- Two PET cameras that are coupled with computer tomographs (CT), one of which a micro PET/CT camera
- Two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cameras : one of high field (3 Teslas), the other of very high field (7 Teslas)
- An apparatus that maps the electro-encephalographic signals in the human brain
The routine exploitation and development of Cyceron, recognized at the national level, is the responsability of technologists and technicians, grouped together as a support service.
The purpose of Cyceron is to mutualize the competences, experience as well as the technical and financial contributions of the members of its governing council so as to :
- To exploit the technological infrastructure and facilities, principally within the field of the central nervous system. The topics range from molecular investagions to the study of the entire organ in vivo. (1)
- To house acknowledged research units of the national research organisms. These research units should be specialized in basic, experimental or clinical neuroscience
- To undertake, perfom and analyze research programmes (based on the technological infrastructures of Cyceron) for different hospital department. These programmes are based on a written agreement between the clinical research units and Cyceron.
(1). The support group is notably responsible for the PET and MRI technologies.