Clinatec endowment Fonds Clinatec

Fonds Clinatec is a research center in its own right. As such, it conducts its own research projects in-house. These projects receive support from the Clinatec endowment fund’s partners and donors.

BioPhotons / Covea Neurotec

The Covéa Neurotec program aims to study the influence of photobiomodulation on neurodegenerative pathologies, particularly Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

The BioPhotons project focuses on the analysis of light emitted by brain cells. This light varies according to the disease and could become an early marker.

In the first part of the study, the Fonds Clinatec team is carrying out in vitro tests to establish the characteristics of photons emitted by diseased cells.

The second phase—preclinical trials—will test the feasibility of biophoton measurement in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

Pr John Mitrofanis – Dr Jamie Hoh Kam

Amodalz / Covea Neurotec

The Covéa Neurotec program aims to study the influence of photobiomodulation on neurodegenerative pathologies, particularly Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

The first objective of the Amodalz project is to demonstrate the neuroprotective effects of infrared light on the characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease (amyloid deposition, neurofibrillary tangle, neuroinflammation, etc.), using a pre-clinical model of Alzheimer’s disease.

The project will also test photobiomodulation (PBM) treatment in relation to the body’s circadian rhythms so that it can be optimized for patients’ internal clocks.

Pr John Mitrofanis – Dr Audrey Valverde

Tiroc / Covea Neurotec

The Covéa Neurotec program aims to study the influence of photobiomodulation on neurodegenerative pathologies, particularly Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

The Tiroc project involves a clinical trial to study the impact of near-infrared light applied extra-cranially on the brain activity of young and elderly subjects.

During functional MRI sessions, each subject will be in a resting state, then perform motor and cognitive tasks. The results will be used to map the effect of photobiomodulation in the brain.

In a future clinical trial, this protocol will be applied to Alzheimer’s patients.

Pr John Mitrofanis – Dr Marjorie Dole

KLESIA SomniBrain

Supported by KLESIA and Carcept Prev

As sleep disorders are an aggravating consequence of many neurological pathologies, the SomniBrain project aims to measure the impact of photobiomodulation on sleep quality, and to study its preventive and curative effects, in the context of Parkinson’s disease.

Pre-clinical cognitive and motor tests were carried out on Parkinsonian subjects after near-infrared illumination during sleep.

The test results can be used to monitor the evolution of the pathology and verify the impact of photobiomodulation.

Dr Brigitte Piallat – Pr John Mitrofanis – Magali Bartolomucci – Kevin Paul


The aim of the Estime project is to understand the mechanisms triggered by electrostimulation at the cellular level.

By providing answers to some fundamental questions, this research will help scientists improve how these techniques are used.

The mechanisms of electrostimulation are analyzed using an in vitro electrical stimulation bench.

Pr Pierre Magistretti – Dr Arnaud Pautrat

DBS Sommeil

The DBS Sommeil project focuses on Parkinson’s disease, and more specifically on the regulation of sleep disorders using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

Based on a defined pre-clinical model, different stimulation frequencies are tested to assess their impact on sleep and the possibilities for regulating it.

This approach could re-establish a normal sleep cycle in Parkinson’s patients, helping to combat the progression of the disease.

Dr Brigitte Piallat – Nathan Barbe

deux personnes font un test de glycémie

Diabete & Stress

The Diabetes and Stress project involves developing a simple, widely accessible tool for recognizing and quantifying stress states. This is particularly relevant for diabetics, as stress can significantly affect blood sugar levels, which play a major role in the condition.

The first mission is to test different classification algorithms on a voice database, and to identify stress markers. Subsequently, these algorithms will be adapted for application to a database containing several types of data, including voice and physiological data. A clinical study is planned with the recruitment of diabetic patients to monitor stress and glycemia precisely and in depth using the developments made.

In the medium term, the aim is to transform the research findings into a practical and effective tool for patients and healthcare professionals.

Pr Pierre-Yves Benhamou – Dr Charline Bour

Technique du Patch Clamp


The PatchLight project aims to study how photobiomodulation can modulate the activity of neurons and astrocytes, under physiological and pathological conditions.

PatchLight is a contraction of Patch Clamp, a technique for recording electrical activity transiting cell membranes, and Light, referring to the use of infrared light.

The aim is twofold : check whether the infrared light can also have an effect on healthy cells, or if it only works on dysfunctional cells. The project will also enable us to demonstrate that, in addition to influencing the metabolic state of neurons and astrocytes, light can also affect their communication.

Pr John Mitrofanis – Dr José Martinez-Hernandez

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