"It is a fact: many of you will be surrounded by worms once buried... However, how about considering that some worms, sea worms, would help save your life ?"
"Who am I? And what do I aim for? »
I'm an anesthesiologist and intensivist working in a critical care unit in the university hospital (CHRU) of Nancy, France. I also am a young researcher doing his PhD. I am looking for a funding for a year of research abroad in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. I will be working at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) of Amsterdam.
This project attemps to study the microcirculatory effects of a new hemoglobin extracted from sea worms that carries oxygen (french patent), during shock states. In other words: Could this « new blood » replace one day actual human blood for patients with hemorrhagic shock?"
Thus, I am going to work with Prof. Can INCE, in the Department of Translational Physiology, where he developed on point technologies and tools that are able to assess very precisely tissue oxygenation. Prof. INCE is an incredible man who tried to explain "Why Rudolph's nose is red?" ;-) Santa Claus was amazed! It is only a matter of microcirculation!
Here he is with the reindeer!
Don't worry, the reindeer is just sleeping (under anesthesia)!! The device used is a sort of camera that is able to see the microcirculation through the skin without any harm! Isn't that cool?
"Why is it so important?"
Blood transfusion may not always be safe. Indeed, rare complications do exist. Moreover, human blood donors are required and unfortunately there is a worldwide blood shortage. Finally, some patients have a rare or a complex blood type and may not receive any blood.
Its structure is completely different from the old generation of hemoglobin previously used. It has a high oxygen carrying capacity without being encapsulated in a red blood cell.
If you want some more details, please check out this website
Finding an alternative to human blood transfusion is not new. What is revolutionary though is the hemoglobin characteristics : it is not chemically modified or engineered and does not embed side effects (known with previous generation). But before testing it in human clinical trials, a thorough evaluation is mandatory. This is what this project intends to do.
"Money? What for?"
To make this project happen, I need to raise funds: not so much for the research itself, but rather to live in Amsterdam. Even though this project is supported by the CHRU of Nancy and University of Lorraine, none of these institutions give me funds due to a special status « medical doctor and researcher ».
So without salary and grants or subsidies for living, personnal life quickly becomes very complicated...
This is why I appeal to the generosity of the Web community and I would like you to hardly believe in this project as it has a bright future.
Basically, I need your support.