Infrastructures de recherche - Research infrastructures (UNIL-CHUV)

Une des caractéristiques de l'évolution de la recherche biologique et médicale est l'utilisation croissante de nouvelles technologies nécessitant parfois de larges investissements en appareils et la présence de personnel particulièrement qualifié. Pour répondre à cette demande, des infrastructures de recherche communes ont été mises en placepermettant ainsi, en présence d'une masse critique de chercheurs, le partage de ressources spécifiques qui ne pourraient pas être financées par un seul ou quelques groupes de recherche.


Animal Models


Mouse Pathology Facility - MPF

The Mouse Pathology Facility is a histology platform with a mission to provide an in-depth histological analysis of mice which have been genetically altered (either transgenic, “knock-in” or “knock-out” mice). Following dissection and tissue preparation, slides are prepared for standard or special staining procedures. Additionally, immunohistochemical staining is also available, thus allowing an in-depth evaluation of mice. Following specimen preparation, pathologists at the Institute of Pathology examine and evaluate the results.


Cardiovascular Assessment Facility/Experimental Microsurgery Facility (CAF/EMIF)

The Cardiovascular Assessment Facility offers to the scientific community sophisticated techniques for the physiological assessment of the cardiovascular system in rodents. Specifically, CAF provides investigators with a high-resolution ultrasound system allowing determination of cardiac dimensions and function and following of tumor growth. CAF is also equipped for blood pressure and ECG measurement. In addition, CAF offers a microsurgery service for producing pathophysiological models.


In vivo Imaging Facility (IVIF)

The In Vivo Imaging Facility (IVIF) provides state of the art multimodal in-vivo imaging for the visualization of pathological processes in pre-clinical mouse model.

The facility focuses on the use of non-invasive or minimally invasive imaging modalities from the whole body to the single cell level, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), deep imaging two-photon microscopy, in vivo optical imaging (bioluminescence and fluorescence detection) and micro computed tomography (CT). Three irradiation systems that mimic clinical radiotherapy (RT) completes the offer.

Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biostatistical analysis


Bioinformatics competence center (BICC)

BICC is a Competency Center in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology that provides technical support for life sciences and clinical researchers of our Faculty. The center has the expertise to offer customized data analysis, that go beyond standard protocols, in order to respond to the request of scientists. Support is available for domains such as: genomics, proteomics, FACS, Cytof, data processing, metagenomics, web tool data visualization and image analysis.


Biostatistics service

The Biostatistics Service aims to help researchers within the FBM, and in particular in the “section des sciences fondamentales”, by providing them with statistics services. The service is responsible for providing support and assistance to the UNIL biomedical community, acting as an entry point for all requests linked to statistics, and in particular for acting as a reference entity for all regulatory questions (such as on animal experimentation).

Flow Cytometry


Flow Cytometry Facility - FCF

The Flow Cytometry Facility is equipped with 14 analytical flow cytometers (up to 20 parameters), including an ImageStream imaging flow cytometer (2 cameras) and 4 Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorters (FACS) sorting up to 6 populations at a time and using up to 20 parameters. It offers a cell sorting service as well as training and self-use of flow cytometry analysers by UNIL internal and external research groups or companies. It also provides a comprehensive consulting and training service for antibody conjugation, experiment and panel design, data analysis and trouble shooting.



Lausanne Genomic Technologies Facility - GTF

The Genomic Technologies Laboratory is a service laboratory whose mission is to provide the scientific research community in the Lemanic region with access to state-of-the-art instruments, methods and support for measuring quantitative and qualitative variations in nucleic acids. To this end, the GTF offers a number of leading-edge genomics technologies with a wide range of analytical applications, as well as ad hoc bioinformatics skills and infrastructure.

Human studies


Centre de recherche clinique - CRC/Clinical Trial Unit - CTU

Le Centre de recherche clinique ou Clinical Trial Unit offre aux chercheurs et cliniciens du CHUV et de l'UNIL un support professionnel dans tous les aspects de l'investigation clinique.

Les prestations proposées aux investigateurs : support méthodologique, statistique et règlementaire, développement de bases de données, eCRF et data management, gestion de projet, prestations médico-infirmières, monitoring, et formation aux responsabilités d’investigateur et investigateur-promoteur.


Centre d'épidémiologie clinique - CepiC

L'épidémiologie clinique est l'application de méthodes de recherche de nature épidémiologique, adaptées à l'étude des activités et des décisions médicales cliniques en ce qui concerne, notamment, le diagnostic, le pronostic, la prévention, la thérapeutique. Le Centre d'épidémiologie clinique est une structure issue de la collaboration entre plusieurs institutions partenaires du CHUV, formellement attachée à l'IUMSP, par son lien étroit avec son Unité d’évaluation des soins. Le CepiC est partenaire du Service de soutien à la recherche clinique et contribue à l’activité de Cochrane Suisse.



The Cellular Imaging Facility - CIF

The Cellular Imaging Facility assists researchers with imaging needs ranging from wide-field fluorescence and transmission optical microscopy, confocal microscopy, two-photon microscopy, light sheet microscopy, time-lapse and ion imaging, in vivo bioluminescence and fluorescence measurement in anesthetized animal, laser capture microscopy to digital image processing and analysis.


Electron Microscopy Facility - EMF

The Electron Microscopy Facility welcomes users from the Departments of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine and other Faculties of the University of Lausanne as well as external academic and industrial partners.
Our centre specializes in different aspects of the ultrastructural analysis of biological samples. We provide an expertise in preparation, imaging as well as the interpretation of the obtained results. We train scientists keen to become independent in doing EM projects and help anyone willing to use our state of the art equipment.



Metabolomics & Lipidomics Platform - MEP

Metabolomics & Lipidomics Platform functions as a service and research unit. It provides the advisory, experimental and data analysis support for qualitative and quantitative analyses of metabolome & lipidome - a complete set of small molecule metabolites (including lipids) present in an organelle, a cell, an organ, a biofluid, or an organism. Our aim is to enhance the understanding of metabolite roles and activities at the system’s level, in health, ageing and disease. To this end, the state-of-the-art metabolomics & lipidomics approaches are applied to model systems and human population studies.



Protein Analysis Facility - PAF

The Protein Analysis Facility is a service and research laboratory specialized in the analysis of proteins and proteomes. The primary mission of the PAF is to support the local academic community and to function as a catalyst in the application of advanced technologies to analyze protein expression and function.


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