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

‘Salle de réunion’, first floor :

9h00 – 9h30


9h30 – 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

9h30- 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

‘Salle de visioconférence’ :

13h00 – 16h00

  • Polyunsaturated phospholipids in Alzheimer’s disease. Hélène Barelli, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Sophia Antipolis
  • Genetics: Introduction to Drosophila as a model for therapeutic studies, Maria Capovilla, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. RNA metabolism and neurodevelopmental disorders,
    Arnaud Fernandez, Lenval Pediatric Hospital, Nice.


  • Travel Back to Nice

17h00 – 19h00

  • Group projects (2)

Date: June 26th
Institut Claude Pompidou (ICP), Nice

‘Salle de réunion’, first floor :

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

‘Salle d’activité’ 1, ground floor :

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 : Hotel Aston La Scala, 12 avenue Felix Faure, Nice

Date: June 27st
Where: INRIA, Sophia Antipolis

‘Salle Euler Bleu’ :

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. Laura Fiorini,The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
  • A startup coming out from the BioRobotics Institute

16h00 – 17h00

  • Travel Back to Nice

17h00 – 18h00

  • Group work (4) 

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

‘Salle de réunion’, first floor :

9h00 – 10h00

  • Group works (5)

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

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

12h00 – 13h00

  • Lunch

13h30 – 15h30 (‘Salle d’activités’, ground floor)

  • Presentation of the group projects
  • Conclusions. Valeria Manera, Joseph Sfeir, Philippe Robert
    Closing remarks. Marianne Mensah, International Executive Director, Université Côte d’Azur