From Vision to Action

«To engage SILAB in socially committed action while confirming its scientific culture, fundamental values and humanism – it is for these reasons that I decided on this creation» Jean PAUFIQUE.

The aim of the SILAB - Jean PAUFIQUE Corporate Foundation is to provide active and constant support for Fundamental and applied Research dedicated to the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of skin pathologies, particularly skin cancer.

Professors Philippe HUMBERT and Christophe BEDANE, opinion leaders in the domain of Dermatological Research, have joined the Governing Body of the Corporate Foundation. They make an essential contribution to the corporate approach based on shared values: a passion for Research and support for young talent.


2017 prize-winner: Thomas BERTERO

Thomas BERTERO Thomas BERTERO has been named the 10th winner of SILAB - Jean PAUFIQUE Corporate Foundation.
The project chosen focuses on “the influence of mechanical properties of the tumoral niche on the Squamous Cells Carcinoma metabolism”. His research is carried out at the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN) in Nice, under the supervision of Dr. Cédric GAGGIOLI, in charge of the “interactions between the tumors and the stroma of invasive cancers” team. This project is aiming at understanding the metabolic interactions between the Carcinoma-Associated Fibroblasts (CAFs) and the Squamous Cells Carcinoma (SCCs) in response to the physicochemical signals of the extracellular matrix. This research work is becoming a major stake in the discovery of new anti-metastatic therapeutic targets for the cure of patients suffering from cutaneous cancer in order to limit the adverse effects of conventional anti-cancer treatments.