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University of Mons-Hainaut

The University of Mons (UMONS), is located in the city of Mons, the capital of the Belgian province of Hainaut, a city with ancient traditions of hospitality, the cultural capital of the region, less than an hour by road from Brussels, Charleroi and Lille and just 75 minutes by train from Paris.

Research is one of the university’s key missions, with more than 600 researchers working in some 80 research departments in 7 Faculties and 3 institutes involved in numerous research programmes, both basic and applied, at regional level but also at european and international level.

Thanks to the help of EU structural funds UMONS has created four independent research centres focused on new materials and on ICTs. Materia Nova and INISMA in material sciences, and Multitel and CETIC in ICTs are teams of researchers and technicians working in close connection with UMONS and industry.

UMons gives attention to the preservation of knowledge and technologies coming out of its labs. Whenever appropriate, protection of Intellectual Property rights is assured. Furthermore, Transfer of knowledge and technology for the development of products and processes through the creation of spin-offs or through transfer to industry, is encouraged. To achieve this task in the best conditions, the University of Mons has an active technology transfer office.

Prof. Sven Saussez (M.D., Ph.D.) is a Professor of Human Anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Mons-Hainaut (Mons, Belgium).  Sven Saussez is also a head and neck surgeon at the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery of the Saint-Pierre University Hospital (Brussels, Belgium). Sven Saussez published 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals and he won several awards among which the Prix Specia, Prix Fleurice Mercier, Prix International Xomed. His laboratory is involved in head and neck cancer (squamous cell carcinomas and thyroid carcinoma) biomarker discovery. Prof Saussez is the director of five PhD theses. His group has studied different molecules (i.e., galectins) that could be involved in the diagnosis and prognosis of head and neck cancers. They have developed an in vivo model of orthotopic immunocompetent oral cancer. The laboratory is equipped with a computer-assisted videomicroscopy (KS 400, Zeiss), a confocal microscope, a cell culture room and the equipment for Western Blot and fluorescence microscopy.