Health, Well-Being and Aging

Health, Well-Being and Aging

The Health, Well-Being and Aging Reference Center will be implanted on the Nice East Health campus; this is an ideal spot for developing biotechnology domains, especially the clinic and the information and communication technologies dedicated to the Silver Economy.
Health, Well-Being and Aging

Nice East


The challenge of health, well-being, and aging gives rise to three major issues:

  • Meeting the challenges of aging
  • Developing personalized medicine to best adapt provided care to the individual needs of everyone
  • Promote a holistic vision of health that completely integrates the impacts of physical activity, of the environment, of nutrition, and of lifestyle.

Meeting these challenges presupposes the implementation of two principles in the actions to be taken:

  • Having a decompartmentalized vision of health, anchored on the territory and its different players, and not exclusively hospital-centered;
  • Completely integrating the resources offered by information and communication technologies, in the fields of care, research, and training

Societal Challenge

Stimulating innovation in health and validating it scientifically, while studying its acceptability in order to facilitate its use. This will involve developing the activity of platforms for the evaluation of health-related innovations with respect to autonomy and aging. The different obstacles to overcome are:

  • An academic world and private companies that are too far apart: this will therefore involve opening up the evaluation platforms to the industrial world
  • Scientific validation performed «out of context»: the platforms must be integrated into the different places in which the elderly live and will be deliberately brought to them
  • A segmented vision of the elderly: the platforms will be primarily oriented towards the detection of fragility and of cognitive problems, with the goal of improving care and combatting the loss of autonomy
  • Innovation disconnected from usage: to be useful, innovation must be accepted by citizens. The presence of expertise in design will be precious in this perspective.

Proposing medical care that is adapted to the needs of all individuals will also involve overcoming certain obstacles:

  • Improving diagnostic tools to better monitor populations at risk and/or to adapt care. This will involve, notably, improving our knowledge of living beings (cf. the goals of the axis Complexity and Diversity of Life), to support biology and pathology laboratories in the development of new biomarkers, and to make better use of imaging and 3D-modeling resources.
  • Better understanding rare diseases, notably mitochondrial diseases, neuromuscular diseases, and genetic dermatological diseases
  • Better prevent certain chronic diseases related in part to lifestyle, including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and conditions (obesity, diabetes, hypertension...)
  • Adapt patient care to the physiological or generational specificities of the person being treated:
  • This will involve better adapting the available medical armamentarium to the patient through modeling tools, 3D printing, and the use of biomaterials;
  • This will also involve taking advantage of new technologies in the context of different pathologies, notably in the field of pediatric psychiatry
  • Promote a holistic vision of health that completely integrates the impacts of physical activity, the environment, nutrition, and lifestyle
  • This will involve completely integrating existing expertise with respect to physical activity, the environment, nutrition, and lifestyle, notably involving art

Local ecosystem

The local ecosystem offers various strengths and assets that will allow the different challenges and obstacles to be overcome:

  • A coherent geographic policy, leading to the emergence of a «health campus» in the east of the city. The CHU of Nice, the School of Medecine and the Centre Antoine Lacassagne are all situated on the same site. They should be joined by the School of
  • Odontology and by institutes of medical training.
  • Coordinated hospital-university health establishments. In addition to the UNS and the CHU, the two other hospital-university health establishments are putting into place a coordinated strategy, symbolized by very strong partnerships (University Institute of the Face and Neck and the common medical project between the CHU and the CAL; grouping of pediatrics in Nice at the Fondation Lenval site with the project of creating a woman-mother-child center).
  • The presence in the territory of high quality life science research institutes, including some at the same sites as health care establishments (C3M at Archet and IRCAN at Pasteur), as well as in ITC (INRIA).
  • Dynamic economic players, in the fields of ITC (Sophia Antipolis) and human health (immunotherapy, dermatology), with which hospital-based teams have already carried out collaborative projects, and even signed operating licences (Graphys with respect to biomaterials; Solidages with respect to nutrition). In addition, the CHU of Nice belongs to two competitiveness clusters (SCS and Eurobiomed).
  • The proximity of health care players with organisations such as the IMREDD for the environment, the LAHMESS for physical activity, the Villa Arson, the Ecole de Design, and the Centre National de Création Musicale, makes it possible to envisage a
  • Decompartmentalized approach to health.
  • Public authorities who have made health and aging a major axis of economic development of the territory: the accreditation of the Pasteur district as a Living Lab symbolizes the strategic convergence between the UCA and local authorities.