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Recent project realised or coordinated by our laboratory

PHYPODE: Physiopathology of decompression: risk factors for the formation of intravascular bubbles during decompression

Coordinator: F. Guerrero (ORPHY)

PHYPODE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2010). The purpose of these programs is to increase the career prospects of young researchers in the public and private sectors.

The initial training network, like traditional collaborative projects, is based on a research project. It enables young researchers recruited to benefit from the complementary skills of the various network partners, to carry out internships in companies and thus to develop their network within the European scientific community. The aim of this program is therefore to provide young researchers with high-quality training as well as career opportunities that are broader than traditional theses.

In Europe and around the world, recent developments in underwater diving and diving populations are increasing the risk of decompression sickness during sport diving. In addition, companies specializing in deep industrial diving (as used for off-shore oil exploitation) plan to increase their activities, despite the burden of paying compensation to the many former professional divers with subsequent pathologies to the chronic effects of decompressions conducted according to accepted procedures. As a result, new approaches are needed to improve decompression procedures.

This objective requires improving our understanding of the bubles phenomenon related to decompression and training new researchers in the field. The ITN PHYPODE project aims to train these future researchers by developing our knowledge of bubles phenomenon, normal and pathological.

For this, the different partners of the project propose:

- to conduct an integrated program of research and training in the field of pathophysiology of decompression

- to provide young researchers with high-level training by providing them with a coherent set of varied methodological and material resources, as well as the skills of internationally recognized researchers in the field, and by working within research structures; public and private research;

- to increase the career prospects of these young researchers by enabling them to acquire skills related to the entire R & D process: from basic research to industrial applications to industrial and recreational human diving

To this end, the PHYPODE consortium associates research teams, including two industrials (AQUA3, Mares), 1 recognized association for the quality of these research and training programs (DAN Europe), medical teams [Military Hospital of Brussels, Hyperbaric Therapeutic Center of Sharm el Sheikh, Medical Schools of Gdansk (Poland), Split (Croatia) and Stellenbosch (South Africa)] and Universities [UBO, Henry Spaak High School (Brussels)], as well as a Technological Institute ( IMEGO, Sweden).