Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm)
Inserm is the only public research organization in France entirely dedicated to human health. Its objective is to promote the health of all by advancing knowledge about life and disease, treatment innovation, and public health research.
Since its foundation in 1964, Inserm has played a part in many key medical advances, including the first prenatal diagnostic tests, understanding of the HLA system, the first in vitro fertilization, identification of the AIDS virus, radiotherapy for cancer, the first skin graft, deep brain stimulation, and gene therapy.
Its mission is supported by the work of 9 theme-based institutes, whose role is to monitor progress and take a lead on research in their respective fields. Research into HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C is also led and funded by the ANRS (French National Agency for Research on AIDS), an independent Inserm agency.
The Institute is distinguished by both the scientific excellence of its staff, and by its ability to provide benchtop to bedside translational research.
Inserm is the leading European academic biomedical research institution, and with nearly 12,000 publications a year; is second in the world only to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the 2016 ranking by Thomson-Reuters, Inserm is also the world’s 9th most innovative public research organization.See more