The UMR INSERM U1122 IGE-PCV has set-up two shared plateforms


  • A Biological Ressources Center (BRC) for storing and quality control of our and collaborative biological ressources;


  • And a Biostatistics / Bionformatics platform for 'big data' storage and analytical and methodological support on standardized and ad hoc epidemiological procedures


The shared ressouces of this platforms allow us to adapt to national and international standards of collaborations.

Head of Replication Studies

Adress: UMR INSERM U1122 IGE-PCV, Université de Lorraine, 30 rue Lionnois, 54000 Nancy

PhD Student in 3rd year and Hospital staff member

Adress: UMR INSERM U1122 IGE-PCV, Université de Lorraine, 30 rue Lionnois, 54000 Nancy

Assistant Professor

Phone: 00 33 3 83 68 21 97
Adress: UMR INSERM U1122 IGE-PCV, Université de Lorraine, 30 rue Lionnois, 54000 Nancy

PhD student - 1st year - Biostatisticals/bioinformacticals tools for a personalised medicine research : telomeres, Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), molecules


Administrative and Financial Management - Université de Lorraine

Phone: 00 33 3 83 68 21 71
Adress: UMR INSERM U1122 IGE-PCV, Université de Lorraine, 30 rue Lionnois, 54000 Nancy


Université de Lorraine - Présidence site Lionnois

30 rue Lionnois
54000 Nancy

The Research Unit UMR INSERM U1122 IGE-PCV is dedicated to the study of the genetic and environmental components influencing cardiovascular pathophysiology. In order to identify early cardiovascular markers, the unit developed an approach based on apparently healthy familial populations and on genotype-intermediate phenotypes investigations from a transversal and/or longitudinal point of view. This innovative methodology integrates genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics (systems biology) in order to identify functional polymorphisms useful in prevention and prediction. It implies a multidisciplinary strategy based on an internal collaborative network gathering epidemiologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, geneticists, biostatisticians and clinicians; and on an external collaborative network gathering large International Consortia. This strategy allowed the unit to identify new biomarkers involved in blood pressure, lipids, cellular adhesion, inflammation metabolic pathways, and anthropometric traits variability.

The unit constantly adapts to recent methodologies, especially regarding high throughput genotyping data exploitation. Since 2007, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in paediatric populations completing the initial candidate gene approach have been developed in partnership with Research Teams owning replication populations or within International Consortia dedicated to large genome-wide studies. And more recently, using a phenome-wide approach, next generation sequencing and epigenetics (EWAS) have been integrated to the team's strategy. Analytical and genotyping technologies advances are paired with biostatistics/bioinformatics methodologies and the researchers of the unit are actively engaged in continuous update of their skills in these domains.

January 1, 2013 is a milestone for the team which obtained the UMR INSERM label in the ‘Université de Lorraine’, after 14 years of innovative researches and national and international collaborations, which allowed going further in the understanding of the cardiovascular pathophysiology.

Another important fact is the creation, in 2002, of a Biological Ressources Center (BRC), part of the National Biobank network with the ‘Infrastructures Coordination in Life Sciences' or ‘Coordination des Infrastructures en Sciences du Vivant’ (GIS) and of the European ‘Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure’ (BBMRI), 7th PCRD. This BRC is an IBISA platform involved in the forthcoming investment project ‘BIOBANQUES’.

In 2009, researchers of the unit participated in the creation of the ‘European Society of Predictive Medicine’ (EUSPM) and in 2011, created the ‘European Society of Pharmacogenomics and Theranostics’ (ESPT).

Finally, since 2002, the unit organises every two years a conference in pharmacogenomics in Santorini, Greece.

1. Plateform " -omics "

In 2014, in order to answer to the methodological and technological needs of « -omics » data analyses (especially those of NGS) and for being able to guaranty the rapidity and performance required by the large-scale analyses done by our team inside the Consortia, we linked to the BRC IGE-PCV a mutualised Biostatistics/Bioinformatics platform for "-omics" analyses.

2. International collaborations

We set up partnerships with teams and cooperation networks giving us access to internationally recognised cohorts:

  • The Framingham cohort « National Heart Lung and Blood Institute » -NHLBI- (Framingham, Boston, United States of America), S. Seshadri, on VEGF, since 2010;
  • The LifeLines cohort (The Netherlands), B. Alizadeh, on VEGF and inflammation molecules, since 2013.

3. Consortia

We integrated International consortia having the required experience and populations for replications aiming at very extensive "-omics" studies:

  • The  « MAGIC (Meta-Analyses of Glucose and Insulin-related traits) Consortium », since 2008;
  • The "CHARGE - Inflammation (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology) consortium", since 2013. We participate in 3 projects ('TNF-a Meta-GWAS', 'IL6 Meta GWAS ' and 'CRP Meta-GWAS');
  • The "Social Science Genetics Association Consortium for Reproductive Behavior", University of Groningen, Jornt Mandemakers and Nicola Barban, since 2013.
  • The "Global Burden of Metabolic Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases Collaborating Group (NCD Risk Factor Collaboration - NCD-RisC)", since 2014.

4. Le Consortium VEGF

We have created in 2015, the VEGF "Vascular endothelial growth factor European Genomic Federation" Consortium gathered, under the leadership of Sofia Siest, Director of the Unit, 14 partnerships issued from 7 different countries (including US) with a scientific expertise worldwide recognised in divers domaines but complementary to VEGF.

Publications number and Mean IF

A. All Publications, Mean IF & Publications number

B. Original Publications, Mean IF & Publications number


Despites an advanced knowledge of the human genome, a limited percentage of the genetic variability of cardiovascular risk factors has been elucidated so far and a restricted number of SNPs have been proposed for cardiovascular prevention. Furthermore, given the limited efficacy of cardiovascular prevention strategies based on the diminution of classical risk factors, it is urgent to identify new risk markers among which genetic factors represent a major target. However, the search for cardiovascular predisposition factors needs a global and complex approach including genotyping analyses and the assessment of environmental factors and pertinent intermediate phenotypes. The classic candidate gene approach, although essential, has obvious limitations. In particular, it was mostly funded on a strictly clinic approach of the phenotype (i.e. the disease). Yet the clinic homogeneity of a multifactorial pathology has no reason to reflect pathophysiology homogeneity or genetic homogeneity. Furthermore, 1) the biologic effect of genes, of their products and of their variations in healthy subjects and in physiologic conditions are still unknown; 2) most studies are focused on a particular metabolic cycle or on a gene / molecule independently to others.

This led us to propose a complementary ‘deductive’ approach simultaneously to case-control studies. This approach starts from the gene to the disease and consists in focusing on metabolic pathways, and consequently on coherent ensemble of genes and intermediate phenotypes whose variability could influence the predisposition to the disease. Two types of studies are realised. First, a study on healthy individuals which would allow, without the influence of the pathology and /or the treatment, to better understand the genes regulation mechanisms and secondly, case-control studies which would allow, after the application of the first step conclusions, to propose pertinent markers for cardiovascular prevention and prediction.

The general objective of our Research Programme is thus to advance the knowledge of mechanisms involved in the cardiovascular pathologies using an integrative approach, from the genotype to the phenotype through the biological phenotype and taking into account environmental factors. More particularly, we are focused on genes coding for adhesion and inflammation molecules; without neglecting metabolic pathways having an established effect on atherosclerosis: lipid metabolism, blood pressure regulation, coagulation, homocystein and antioxidant systems.

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