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Medical excellence in Hauts-de-France—the Facing Faces Institute

20 Jul 2017 | Front page, Health Nutrition

The Facing Faces Institute (IFF) was founded in 2009 by Dr. Bernard Devauchelle, head of maxillofacial surgery at Amiens University Hospital Center and known for performing the world's first partial face transplant. The Institute will soon inaugurate a new research and teaching center.

European ambitions

The Facing Faces Institute (IFF) is the only organization of its kind anywhere. Its mission: to create a technology platform that will bring together researchers from all over the world, enabling them to use basic science to create the reconstructive and regenerative surgery techniques of tomorrow.
From its ideal location in Amiens, the crossroads of Northern Europe, the IFF aims to become the epicenter of a European facial surgery network. It works with many partners in France and around the world, including:


  • University of Picardy Jules Verne
  • Compiègne University of Technology (UTC)
  • CEA, a French technology research institute
  • Catholic University of Louvain
  • European Association for Cranio Maxillo Facial Surgery
  • and more

New building opening soon

IFF is now in the process of building a new 4,500-sq m teaching and research facility that will include:  


  • an operating theater for experimental surgery
  • a technology platform for imaging, robotics and tissue engineering
  • an amphitheater
  • an exhibition gallery, and
  • other modular research spaces

IFF already provides high-level training programs, working with partners that include SimUsanté, Europe’s largest multidisciplinary simulation facility, located in the Amiens University Hospital Center.

New Faces, New Future

In late spring 2017, IFF hosted the 6th Triennial International Conference for Advanced Digital Technology in Head and Neck Reconstruction succeeding China, the venue for the 5th conference in 2014. This year’s theme was “New Faces, New Future,” and the global event was attended by leading figures in research and industry, who came together in Amiens to develop innovative technologies for facial reconstruction.

“That’s the challenge for the Facing Faces Institute, which will open its doors in 2017: we want to enable new sources of medical progress to emerge. I'm convinced that the way to achieve that is to apply new techniques to maxillofacial surgery and integrate new technologies. With robotics, for example, we have the potential to operate on highly sensitive areas of the body that we have yet to explore adequately—and do it with ultimate precision,” says Dr. Bernard Devauchelle in an article by the Nord France Convention Bureau.



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