CHUM is the 6th largest French public hospital, affiliated with the University of Montpellier.
The Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition (DEDN) is involved in the development and assessment of innovative technologies dedicated to diabetes care, including portable and implantable insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems, artificial pancreas (AP) models, as well as pancreas and islet transplantations. It holds a specific unit for education and follow-up of patients using technologies for diabetes care.
The DEDN at CHUM includes 56 beds dedicated to patient care specialized in diabetes, endocrine and metabolic diseases. Clinical care activity in 2017 included 12000 cumulated days for hospitalized patients and 10000 outpatient visits.
The DEDN is affiliated to the Medical School of the University of Montpellier. Its teaching and research staff comprises 3 full professors and 2 chief residents. Seven medical practitioners, 1 surgeon specialist in implantation of artificial devices and 1 medical research practitioner (Dr Anne Farret), 1 post-doctoral fellow, 1 research engineer (Jerome Place) and 1 research assistant are also included in the permanent staff dedicated to diabetes technology. Seven residents/fellows are currently hosted in DEDN. Its research activities are developed in the UMR CNRS 9203/INSERM U1191 Research Institute at the University of Montpellier. The two leading research domains include the clinical assessment of innovative insulin delivery systems connected to glucose sensing devices for the development of artificial pancreas models, and the performance of islet transplantation in patients with type 1 diabetes. The Department is currently coordinated by Professor Eric Renard, MD, PhD, who also coordinates the Clinical Investigation Centre INSERM 1411 at CHUM.
The DEDN shares a long-term partnership with the Department of Gut Surgery both for patient care activities (bariatric surgery) and clinical research activities in diabetes, metabolic surgery and pancreas transplantation (Professor Fabrizio Panaro). This research partnership allows an access to the Investigational Surgery facility at Montpellier Medical School for experiments in animals.