Who we are

The University Hospital Federation “SUrvival oPtimization in Organ Transplantation” (FHU SUPORT) was launched the 20th June 2014 by hospital and university teams from Tours, Poitiers and Limoges involved in organ transplantation.

FHU SUPORT creation in 2014

In light of its structuring character, the FHU SUPORT has submitted an application for the HUGO (University Hospitals of the Great West) call for projects launched in 2021. Now carried by the CHU and the University of Tours, under the coordination of Professor SALAMÉ, the scope of the FHU has been extended to the other university hospitals of Grand Ouest (Angers, Brest, Nantes, Rennes) and also associates the Orléans Regional Hospital Center and the Hospital Center of Le Mans. On December 3, 2021 the FHU SUPORT has got a new label HUGO for 5 years (2022-2026).

carte FHU SUPORT re-labellisée en 2021

The increased use of transplantation as a therapy is worsening the organ shortage and forces the extension of donor acceptance criteria and the search for new donor sources. Despite an undeniable short term success, due to major advances in surgery, medicine and research, transplant patients still face the risk of chronic graft complications and loss.
The aim of the University Hospital Federation SUPORT is based on a translational strategy to create a unique healthcare and research network “donor-organ-recipient” in order to structure the care and optimization of graft and recipient survival, regarding kidney, liver and heart transplantation.

To succeed in this project, the FHU SUPORT relies on a permanent transfer between basic research and clinical research, with significant transfer with industry:

  • to improve the clinical procedures and create new research protocols to improve patients’ quality of life
  • to stimulate innovation and clinical research and strengthen partnerships with private secto
missions FHU

An ambition to face the organ shortage

For clinical activity in organ transplantation, the FHU SUPORT represents an important part at the national level:

Transplantation activity of the FHU SUPORT in 2020:

Kidney

Liver

Heart

MOP[1]

MOP (M3)[2]

Angers

41

32

16

Brest

47

21

13

Le Mans

7

0

Limoges

40

17

0

Nantes

17

Orléans

17

8

Poitiers

69

24

21

Rennes

69

118

20

28

20

Tours

120

96

11

35

23

TOTAL

386

214

48

181

101

TOTAL France

2595

1128

370

1355

425

% FHU/France
9 centers

14,9%

19,0%

13,0%

13,4%

23,8%

 

[1] Multiorgan procurement (brain death)

[2] MAASTRICHT TYPE III DONORS

The complementarity in competencies

The FHU SUPORT involves the functional transplantation units of the university hospital centers and the universities of Angers, Brest, Limoges, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes, Tours, and the research organization members of AVIESAN (INSERM units U1227-Brest, U1092/U1248-Limoges, U1313-Poitiers, CIC1414-Rennes and university team EA4245-Tours).
A multidisciplinary team: biologists, biochemists, immunologists, bioinformaticians, hepatologists, nephrologists, cardiologists, urologists, internists, organ specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists specialised in cognition, health economists, philosophers and ethicists.

composition FHU
 

The FHU SUPORT is a vector of scientific, medical and industrial progress.

Scientists, physicians and surgeons of the FHU commit themselves to promoting multidisciplinary and translational approaches to develop diagnostic and therapeutic innovation.
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