Summer School Brain Innovation Generation @ UCA


The summer school will last 5 full days. Each day, an invited lecturer will deliver an inspiring lecture in the morning, followed by extensive group discussions. The discussion will continue during the lunch break, organized on place, and in the afternoon participants will be divided in small groups, and asked to work to the development of new ideas, focusing on the topic of the day. Personal coaching and moments of individual work will also be organized in the afternoon.

The main course topics, adapted from the Stanford Biodesign course, are the following: 

Date: June 24th
Topic: BIODESIGN & Analytics for healthcare
Where: Institut Claude Pompidou (ICP), Nice

8h45 – 9h00


9h00 – 12h00

  • Welcome and general introduction: Philippe Robert
  • Introduction of the summer school program: Valeria Manera, Marco Lorenzi, Joseph Sfeir
  • Individual introductions and presentations

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch

13h – 15h

  • Keynote: Biodesign: Needs-driven innovation. Maarten De Vos, Director of Oxford Biodesign Programme

15h – 17h

  • Group projects (1)

Date: June 25th
Topic: IDENTIFY (Needs findings and screening)
Where: Fondation Noisez, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (IPMC), Sophia Antipolis

9h00- 12h00

  • Observation of patients with dementia and healthcare professionals working in nursing homes, Fondation Noisez, Valbonne
  • AD and related disorders, Philippe Robert

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch

13h – 16h

  • Biology: dynamics of lipid membranes and protein coats. Hélène Barelli, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Sophia Antipolis
  • Genetics: RNA metabolism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Barbara Bardoni, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Sophia Antipolis;Arnaud Fernandez, Lenval Pediatric Hospital, Nice.

16h – 18h

Group projects (2)

Date: June 26th
Where: INRIA, Sophia Antipolis

9h00 – 10h00

  • Summary of the main concepts: Identify & screen clinical needs. Valeria Manera

10h00- 12h00

  • Keynote: Alzheimer’s prevention, biomarkers and neuroimaging. Juan Domingo Gispert, Barcelonaβeta Brain Research Center, Barcelona

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch

13h00 – 15h00

  • Brain imaging, biology, and the MNC3 project.Marco Lorenzi,EPIONE, INRIA Sophia Antipolis
  • From Research to Business (and Back!), Examples of Innovation in Healthcare at Inria. Maxime Sermesant, EPIONE, INRIA Sophia Antipolis

15h00 – 17h00

  • Group projects (3)


  • Social dinner

Date: June 27st
Where: INRIA, Sophia Antipolis

9h30 – 12h00

  • Serious games, automated video and audio analysis for health. STARS team, Francois Bremond, Antitza Dantcheva, Alexandra Konig
  • Ekinnox, a startup coming out from STARS (Baptiste Fosty, France)

12h00 – 13h30

  • Lunch

13h30 – 16h00

  • Wearable sensors and assistive robots for health. Filippo Cavallo, Laura Fiorini,The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
  • A startup coming out from the BioRobotics Institute

16h00 – 17h00

  • Summary of the main concepts: Concept generation & concept selection. Valeria Manera

17h00 – 18h00

  • Group work (4) 

Date: June 28st
Where: Institut Claude Pompidou, Nice

10h00 – 12h00 (‘Salle de réunion’, first floor)

  • Keynote: Introduction to investment in startups. Ian Sosso, Monte Carlo Capital

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch

13h – 15h

  • Group works (5)

15h – 17h (‘Salle d’activités’, ground floor)

  • Presentation of the group projects
  • Conclusion remarks. Valeria Manera, Joseph Sfeir, Philippe Robert