Top-quality research

The Centre Léon Bérard brings together the three main components of research on one single site:

Basic research

is carried out at the Cancer Research Center of Lyon (CRCL), with the CLB housing a large number of its 24 teams. This research aims to understand the fundamental mechanisms that lead to tumor formation.

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Translational research

is structured around research teams, but also around open technological platforms. It enables discoveries derived from basic research to be translated into applications for clinical research.

Clinical research

has had ISO 9001 certification since 2013. This cancer research makes it possible to measure tolerance and the effectiveness of medicines directly in patients.

Proximity of doctors and researchers benefits patients

At one and the same time a hospital and a research center, the Centre Léon Bérard encourages closer contact between doctors and researchers, with the aim of cutting the time between scientific discoveries and the development of new treatments.

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The main objective of CLB’s researchers is to offer patients medical treatment that is increasingly personalized, because it will can then be adapted not only to the different tumor profiles, but also to the individual patient. Research projects concern both diagnostics and treatments, but are also interested in social progress as well as medico-economic and ethical issues: a Department of Human and Social Sciences was set up in 2017. Research carried out at the CLB concerns the following disciplines: molecular and cellular biology, radiotherapy and surgery, but also environmental risks and cancer, the economics of health, and the evaluation of medical practices.

  • Research at Cheney B

    500 researchers on one site

    The research teams are housed in four buildings called Cheney A, B, C and D, which are in the immediate vicinity of the hospital’s doctors and patients.

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  • Research at the CLB in figures
    • 396

      scientific publications in 2018

    • 500

      researchers on our site

    • 15,000m²

      dedicated to research

  • Funding research

    Faced with the growing needs of research, the Centre Léon Bérard appeals to public generosity to help fund this essential activity. Each year, individuals, associations and companies from the region lend their support to our institute, thus providing our researchers with more resources to go further and faster in their fight against cancer. Donations and bequests fund some 15% of the annual budget for research carried out on our site.

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Recognition solidly established through large projects

The expertise of the research teams has been recognized within a large number of projects with a solidly established international profile.
Indeed, together with its partners the Centre Léon Bérard is associated with the most ambitious scientific projects, in particular in France, but also internationally. The key large national projects include:

  • LYriCAN (call for proposals of the integrated research sites in cancer research and care),
  • PLAsCAN (call for proposals of the Institutes of convergence project),
  • DEVweCAN (call for proposals of the laboratories of excellence Labex).

Cheney B, ‘where two worlds meet’

This building is situated ‘where two worlds meet’, that is to say the world of research and that of the hospital. It perfectly illustrates the strategy of the Centre Léon Bérard, initiated in the 1990s to facilitate exchanges between all the various actors working on its site.

Due to their proximity, clinical and research staff learn from one another, which encourages a continuous exchange between care and research.

The Cheney B building is a physical bridge between these two worlds: that of the researchers dedicated to understanding the fundamental mechanisms that lead to the formation of tumors, whose work extends over the long term, and the world of the doctors who care for their patients and hope to be able to offer them the most appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.