Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
Highlights of the Year
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives


We started a collaboration with the STORM team at Inria Bordeaux Sud-Ouest to work on further scaling of the Propag code, to push the limit from about 104 to 106 parallel processors. A proposal for this project was funded this year by ANR. It allows a postdoc to be employed for 2 years.


The MITOCARD project (Electrophysiology of Cardiac Mitochondria), coordinated by S. Arbault (Université de Bordeaux, ISM), was granted by the ANR in July 2017. The objective of MITOCARD is to improve understanding of cardiac physiology by integrating the mitochondrial properties of cell signaling in the comprehensive view of cardiac energetics and rhythm pathologies. It was recently demonstrated that in the heart, in striking contrast with skeletal muscle, a parallel activation by calcium of mitochondria and myofibrils occurs during contraction, which indicates that mitochondria actively participate in Ca2+ signaling in the cardiomyocyte. We hypothesize that the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP), by rhythmically depolarizing inner mitochondrial membrane, plays a crucial role in mitochondrial Ca2+ regulation and, as a result, of cardiomyocyte Ca2+ homeostasis. Moreover, mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) may play a key role in the regulation of the mPTP by sensing mitochondrial energetics balance. Consequently, a deeper understanding of mitochondrial electrophysiology is mandatory to decipher their exact role in the heart's excitation-contraction coupling processes. However, this is currently prevented by the absence of adequate methodological tools (lack of sensitivity or selectivity, time resolution, averaged responses of numerous biological entities). The MITOCARD project will solve that issue by developing analytical tools and biophysical approaches to monitor kinetically and quantitatively the Ca2+ handling by isolated mitochondria in the cardiomyocyte.

MITOCARD is a multi-disciplinary project involving 4 partners of different scientific fields: the CARMEN team as well as


the largest chemistry laboratory of the Université de Bordeaux, where the necessary measurement methods will be developed;


where mitochondria are studied at all levels of integration from the isolated mitochondrion to the intact heart; and


the MiCrosystèmes d'Analyse (MICA) group at the Laboratory of Analysis and Architecture of Systems, which develops the biological microsensors for this project.

The project will

The model may serve both to assess biological assumptions on the role of mitochondria in Ca2+ signaling and to integrate pathological data and provide clues for their global understanding.


GENCI (grand équipement national de calcul intensif) is the agency that grants access to all national high-performance resources for scientific purposes in France. GENCI projects have to be renewed yearly. Our project renewal Interaction between tissue structure and ion-channel function in cardiac arrhythmia, submitted in September 2018, has been granted 8 million core-hours on the three major systems Irene, Occigen, and Turing. This compute time is primarily destined for our research into the interaction between ionic and structural heart disease in atrial fibrillation, Brugada syndrome, and early repolarisation syndrome [7] [71], and for new HPC developments [72].

PHRCN Multi-centric project

This project has been accepted for funding in December 2019. N Zemzemi is partner of the project and Prof. Emmanuel Cuny (PU-PH CHU de Bordeaux) is the Principal investigator. It is entitled "Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson disease: Probabilistic STN Targeting under general anaesthesia without micro-electrode recordings (MER) vs current surgical procedure." It will start in 2020 and end in 2023.

BOUM project on ECGi

This project is coordinated by 2 PhD students (A. Karoui and O. Bouhamama) and 1 postdoc (M. Diallo), and is funded by the French applied and industrial math society (SMAI). It consists in organizing a national workshop on ECGI.

Inria Ciescard project

This project entitled "Combiner des Information Electriques et Structurelles pour aider les cardiologues à mieux Cibler la thérApie caRDiaque" funds an engineer for 2 years to develop some plugins in the software platform Music. The PI is N. Zemzemi.

Inria project OptimDBS

This project is designed to develop a software for the prediction of the optimal Deep stimulation targets based on machine learning techniques. It is funded by Inria as part of the ATT program. The PI is N. Zemzemi