Fundamental research is the IRCAD‘s cornerstone.

Under the initiative of Professor Jean-Marc Egly, President of the Scientific Board, research laboratories have merged their activities to focus on digestive cancer prevention, to improve early cancer diagnosis, and to implement new therapeutic strategies.

In a pioneering spirit true to the Institute’s image, the research and development department in computer sciences and medical imaging has been considerably strengthened by newcoming engineers and computer scientists. They have combined their skills to design and develop tools for diagnosis, surgical planning and simulation with the aim of improving surgical maneuver safety.

In addition, in 2007, a team of 33 EAVR roboticians led by Michel de Mathelin, joined the IRCAD. This has facilitated collaboration and communication between surgeons and roboticians in the field of robotic flexible endoscopy.