Neuroscience has become a highly technological discipline that requires expensive and complex equipments. The implementation of shared facilities allows the research community of the NeuroTimone center to have access to cutting-edge techniques to develop ambitious and globally competitive projects in different fields of research. These projects give rise to high-level scientific publications and to valorization and transfer through patents and the creation of innovative companies.
The NeuroTimone Facility PFNT is an integral part of this framework and offers cutting-edge tools in neurobiology organized around three main components:
These 3 components are complemented by a quantitative PCR platform, PTQPCR.
The proximity of the PFNT Facility with the "Center of Scientific Functional Exploration" CEFOS will complement molecular and cellular approaches with integrated approaches on animal models.
Each component of the PFNT Facility has a Users Committee moderated by the scientific supervisor and the engineer(s) responsible(s) for the component. Their recommendations are submitted to the PFNT Governance composed of a Steering and Coordination Committee (CPC) composed of the representatives of the AMU, Inserm and CNRS Supervisory Authorities, the supervisors of each component of the PFNT, the Secretary General of the PFNT, the PFNT Coordinator and chaired by the Director of the INP as the main home laboratory. The PFNT has a Scientific Strategic Committee composed of the CPC members and the team leaders of the PFNT adjoining laboratories.
In accordance with the charter of “Plateformes technologiques d’Aix-Marseille”, the technological services offered by the PFNT facility are open to public and private laboratories. Fees are established using the Tapla pricing tool.
The PFNT is supported by the State through the Regional Delegation for Research and Technology, the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur Region, the Bouches-du-Rhône Department and the City of Marseille. These supports registered in the state-region plan contract (CPER) will be complemented by European support, still under review, in the context of the FEDER program.