Translational Research© TRAIL
Translational research consists of developing techniques and applying them to human beings. A good example from TRAIL is Focused Ultrasound (FUS). After technological maturation and many trials, a prototype for treating breast cancer under MRI control without surgery has been developed by TRAIL, together with a Bordeaux-based company and the University of Utah. A world first is currently under way at the Bergonié Institute. Similarly, FUS is currently being tested for treating heart arrhythmia in collaboration with the Liryc University Hospital Institute.
Translational research also involves improving existing techniques in order to understand physiopathology. TRAIL physicists and neuro-imaging specialists have just done this by improving the anatomical resolution of MRI in order to find the vulnerable zone of the brain related to memory disorders in patients suffering from inflammatory diseases.