Head and Neck Research

One theme: head and neck surgery

There are more 2000 head and neck pathologies.

Birth defects, traumas as a result of an accident, of violence, cancer, paralysis…Many times, these pathologies have long-lasting severe functional and aesthetical impacts on patients : they may not be able to chew, swallow, talk, smile…sometimes they may not be able to recognize themselves.

The Institute Faire Faces was created to help those patients, with Scientific Research being a key component for the mission.

The Research programs are based on two principles: better understand in order to offer better treatments. To better understand translates into capturing the morphological and functional caracterization of healthy, diseased and reconstructed tissue. To offer better treatments means developing personalized diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

A multi-disciplinary research laboratory

CHIMERE is the name given to the Research Team affiliated with Jules Verne University, and which brings together 50 surgeons and researchers. This multi-disciplinary team is the heart of the Institute Faire Faces Research Programs, organised along 6 lines of research.

CHIMERE (CHirurgie for Surgery, IMagerie for Imaging et REgénération tissulaire de l’extrémité céphalique for Tissue Regeneration of the Head and Neck region ) is the name of the laboratory research affiliated with Jules Verne University, the heart of the Institut Faire Faces Research Program. Find out more.

GRECO (Research and Study Group in Robotic surgery) is dedicated to the development of avant-garde surgery practices and processes based on innovative technologies through robotic assisted surgery. CHIMERE research laboratory is part of GRECO. Find out more.

Our 6 lines of research


Develop biomaterials for use in case of tissue loss.


Identify biomarkers that can predict the success of surgeries and reoccurrence of disease.


Optimize surgical techniques, technologies and processes.


Analyze and understand the impact of facial disfigurement on identity;


Build biomechanical models of the face in order to develop personalized therapeutical approaches.


Observe, caracterize and analyze disease processes.