The European Commission congratulates the IRCAD for the PASSPORT project

On January 5, 2012, the IRCAD’s “Computer and Medical Imaging” team was congratulated by Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner in charge of the digital agenda, in Brussels. Indeed, the IRCAD (Research Institute Against Digestive Cancer) launched and put together the PASSPORT project (Patient-Specific Simulation and Pre-Operative Realistic Training) from June 2008 to December 2011, a project which aims to develop a “virtual liver” to help surgeons plan and carry out liver operations.

PASSPORT is a revolution in the management of patients suffering from liver tumors, as it allows for a more personalized and targeted treatment. According to Professor Jacques Marescaux, President of the IRCAD, “it represents a major step forward in the field of minimally invasive surgery, which is a field of research that has been privileged by our Institute ever since its creation”.

Professor Luc Soler, head of IRCAD’s Computer Research and Development Department, takes pride in this successful project: “This virtual liver gives surgeons the possibility to have a detailed preoperative analysis of the tumor’s location, for optimal simulation and planning of the surgical procedure. This tool was inspired by progress made in flight simulation technology”.

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COVID19: IRCAD sanitary measures & health pass

Please note that the IRCAD administrative board and staff are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in France. The health, safety, and well-being of our participants, experts and staff are our top priority!
Despite the current context, the IRCAD stands firmly by your side to help you acquire knowledge and skills. Come and join us !

We would like to draw your attention that the « Vaccine Pass » is now mandatory in France since end of January 2022 and replaces the former « Health Pass » to access places that are open to the public, such as cinemas, museums, cafés and restaurants, hotels as well as the IRCAD Institute which welcomes participants in the framework of its courses and seminars. Thus, a PCR test without vaccination is no longer sufficient to take part in our courses.

The vaccine pass includes a proof of the following (one of the 3 items is sufficient):

  • The vaccination certificate, proving that persons have a complete vaccination (as of January 15, 2022, all persons aged 18 and over must receive a booster dose no more than 7 months after their last injection or Covid infection to receive a valid vaccination pass. As of February 15, 2022, the time limits for keeping the pass will be reduced, you will have to do your booster dose 4 months and no longer 7 months after your 2nd dose to have a complete vaccine schedule and maintain a valid vaccine pass)
  • The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test attesting to the recovery of Covid, more than 11 days and less than 4 months
  • The certificate of contraindication to vaccination

Further information about the new vaccine pass can be found at :

We very much hope to be able to count on your kind understanding of those rules which have been set by the French Government and which our Institute is required to apply