Cyril Lafon was born in Saint Yrieix la Perche, France, in 1974. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Physics from University Blaise Pascal of Clermont Ferrand, France and University of Montreal, Quebec, in 1995, and his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from University Claude Bernard of Lyon, France, in 1999.

After developing interstitial HIFU probes during his Ph.D. study in INSERM Unit 281, Dr. Lafon joined for two years the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, Seattle, as a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Lafon worked there on ultrasound induced hemostasis and the development of tissue mimicking phantoms for HIFU applications. Dr. Lafon was recruited by INSERM, Unit 556, in 2002 as a research scientist. He is now research director and head of LabTAU, INSERM Unit 1032. His recent research interests focus on modeling ultrasound wave propagation, development of ultrasonic therapeutic devices for thermal ablation or drug delivery and communication by ultrasound for medical applications. In July 2016 and for one year, Cyril Lafon joined the department of radiation oncology of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (USA).

Cyril Lafon received the Frederic Lizzi Early Carreer Award from International Society on Therapeutic Ultrasound in 2010 and the Robert Merkin fellowship of the FUS Foundation in 2016. Cyril Lafon is President of French society of biomedical engineering (SFGBM) and member of the board of the International Society on Therapeutic Ultrasound. He was nominated Member of the Scientific Council of INSERM in 2017.

Five main publications :

  • Prat F, Lafon C, Melodelima D, Theillère Y, Fritsch J, Pelletier G, Buffet C, Cathignol D. Endoscopic treatment of cholangiocarcinoma and carcinoma of the duodenal papilla by intraductal high-intensity US: Results of a pilot study. Gastrointest Endosc. 2002, 56(6): 909-915.
  • Lafon C , Zderic V, Noble ML, Yuen JC, Kaczkowski PJ, Sapozhnikov OA, Chavrier F, Crum LA and Vaezy S. Gel phantom for use in high-intensity focused ultrasound dosimetry. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2005, 31(10): 1383-1389.
  • Aptel F, Charrel T, Lafon C, Romano F, Chapelon JY, Blumen-Ohana E, Nordmann JP, Denis P. Miniaturized high-intensity focused ultrasound device in patients with glaucoma: a clinical pilot study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Nov 11;52(12):8747-53.
  • Mestas JL, Fowler RA, Evjen TJ, Somaglino L, Moussatov A, Ngo J, Chesnais S, Røgnvaldsson S, Fossheim SL, Nilssen EA, Lafon C. Therapeutic efficacy of the combination of doxorubicin-loaded liposomes with inertial cavitation generated by confocal ultrasound in AT2 Dunning rat tumour model. J Drug Target. 2014 Sep;22(8):688-97.
  • Carpentier A, Canney M, Vignot A, Reina V, Beccaria K, Horodyckid C, Karachi C, Leclercq D, Lafon C, Chapelon JY, Capelle L, Cornu P, Sanson M, Hoang-Xuan K, Delattre JY, Idbaih A. Clinical trial of blood-brain barrier disruption by pulsed ultrasound. Sci Transl Med. 2016 Jun 15;8(343):343re2.