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Making work easier for researchers

In leading, coordinating and managing this very high-level research work, the Institut du Cerveau – ICM
undertakes to respect the creativity of its teams and facilitate their core purpose:
research. Its administrative functions are designed to serve scientists. The Institut du Cerveau – ICM allows
its researchers to focus fully on their work, by releasing them as completely
as possible from the administrative, logistic and technical constraints that typically
hinder their activity. The design of its organizational structure aims to give investigators
freedom and flexibility along with clearly defined research objectives. These
optimal working conditions help break down barriers between teams and promote scientific synergy.

A brand new model

For its investments as well as its dayto-day operation, the Institut du Cerveau – ICM, a foundation of public benefit*, has the support of its public institutional partners: the Ile-de-France region, the city of Paris, the public financing agency Caisse des Dépôts, the public health agency Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, research institutes Inserm and CNRS and Université Pierre et Marie Curie.


The best of both worlds

From the public sector, Institut du Cerveau – ICM has statefunded researchers chosen through a stringent selection process. Its private funds make the Institute stronger and more flexible and allow it to react quickly. Sponsorships and donations are crucial in order to:

  • independently finance teams or researchers recruited from around the world based on criteria of excellence;
  • implement innovative research programs;
  • create junior and senior chairs;
  • invest in cutting-edge equipment.
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Support the Institut du Cerveau – ICM

The support of private partners and the generosity of individuals, whether through scientific partnerships, financial sponsorship or donations of equipment or skills, are vital.
The decision to support the Institut du Cerveau – ICM is a concrete step toward ensuring the present and future well-being of millions of people around the world. To help researchers progress more rapidly and give patients tangible reasons for hope, the Institut du Cerveau – ICM needs support from each one of us.

* Decree of September 13, 2006

They are committed with the Institut du Cerveau – ICM

The Founding Members

The Ambassadors

The Committee of Friends of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM

The Supervisors


The institutions that oversee the Brain and Spine Institute – the AP-HP, the CNRS, INSERM and the Sorbonne Université – have been associated with the Institut du Cerveau – ICM since its conception, and now help it to develop thanks to financial and human investments. Its researchers, its “strike force,” come mainly from these institutions and work within the Institute where they benefit from advanced technological platforms, a Centre of Biological Resources and valorisation of multidisciplinary translational research.

Assistance Public Hôpitaux de Paris (Public assistance – Paris Hospitals) – AP-HP

An institution of the City of Paris dedicated to public health, the AP-HP fulfils its missions of care, teaching, medical research, prevention, health education and response to medical emergencies. The AP-HP consists of 38 hospitals or hospital groups as well as hospitalisation at home. The AP-HP offered the Institut du Cerveau – ICM 4400 m2 on the site of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital.


Centre National de Recherche Scientific (National Centre for Scientific Research) – CNRS

The CNRS is a public research institute (public establishment for the development of science and technology overseen by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research). It produces knowledge as a public service.

The main pluridisciplinary research institution in France, the CNRS performs research in all fields of science, technology and society.

With more than 32000 employees (researchers, engineers and technicians), the CNRS is present everywhere in France.


Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (The National Institute of Health and Medical Research) – Inserm

Inserm is the only public research institution in France entirely dedicated to human health. Among other subjects, Its researchers study all of the diseases of the nervous system from the most frequent to the most rare. Inserm is thus a natural partner of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM.


Sorbonne Université

With its 4000 researchers and teacher-researchers and 3000 engineers, technicians, administrative and service personnel, the Sorbonne Université has 30000 students.


Friends committee



Gérard Saillant

Founding member ,
President of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM





Jean Todt

Founding member,
Vice-Président  of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM





Maurice Lévy

Co-President of the Friends of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM





David de Rothschild

Co-Président of the Friends of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM





Lindsay Owen-Jones

Honorary President of the Friends of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM



Jean-Luc Allavena


Cédric de Bailliencourt


Jean Burelle


Sylvain Héfès


François Henrot


Jean-Philippe Hottinguer


Jean-Claude Labrune


Eddie Misrahi


Margaux Primat


Christian Schmidt de la Brélie


François Thomé


Serge Weinberg

Founding members


Gérard Saillant

Professor of orthopaedic surgery and traumatology
President of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM

Former professor of orthopedic surgery, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Head of the Orthopedic, traumatologic and reparatory surgery at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital since 1993, Gérard Saillant is one of the foremost specialists in sports medicine and spinal surgery.



Jean Todt

President of the FIA
Vice-President of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM


« During my entire career I have had the opportunity to meet extraordinary people, among whom professor Gérard Saillant. Together we felt the need to do something to help others. This is why we have brought together personalities from various horizons who share the desire to commit personally to creating a research centre focusing on the brain and the spinal cord where the potential for improvement is immense. We are aware of the scope of the project and the obstacles ahead … but also and especially of the formidable hope it represents. With our ‘dream team’ and the support of all those who accept to help us, the Institut du Cerveau – ICM will quickly become a reality. »




Yves Agid

Honorary Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience


Professor and hospital practitioner, former Head of the department of neurology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Yves Agid is also a Doctor of Science, Director of the Federative Institute of Neuroscience at the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital. As Laureate of the INSERM Grand Prix in 2001, he received a lifetime achievement award in neuroscience. As clinician his activities focus primarily on movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremours …), neuropsychology (intellectual and psychological disorders of all kinds) and neurogenetics (hereditary diseases of the nervous system).



Luc Besson



« Neurological diseases strike everyone regardless of age, race and social background. This is why I wanted my support to draw public attention to the necessity of opening a centre of research and care such as this one. »




Louis Camilleri

President of Altria


« I have been particularly impressed by the generosity and motivation of the initiators. But equally by the considerable number of pathologies that the Institut du Cerveau – ICM focuses on … So if my contribution however modest can help this institution take form and change the life of those who are struck by these diseases of the brain and the spinal cord, it will not have been in vain. »



Jean Glavany

Former minister
Executive Director of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM


« The Institut du Cerveau – ICM project is a generous idea carried by a group of friends wanting to make it come true. But this human adventure will only succeed if we manage to bring thousands of people to help it along. I try to bring my modest experience to the team by forging links and potential institutional partnerships with ministries, the regional authority, the city of Paris, the university, the public hospitals of Paris, the Caisse des Dépôts and major research organisations. »



Maurice Lévy

President of the Board of Directors of Publicis Groupe
Co-president of the Committee of the Friends of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM


« The sheer number and complexity of diseases involving the brain, the spinal cord and the nervous system are on the rise. A great initiative was required to bring together scientists around a grand design. Institut du Cerveau – ICM has achieved this and it is probably the most significant initiative in medical research in the past 50 years involving people of exceptional talent, devotion and quality. »



Olivier Lyon-Caen

Professor of Neurology, ex-Director of the Pole of Nervous System Diseases of the Pitié-Salpetriere University Hospital


Professor at the Faculty of Medicine (Paris VI), MD, neurologist, Head of department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Olivier Lyon-Caen is also member of the INSERM Unit 360. Professor Lyon-Caen is particularly involved in myelin-related disorders (multiple sclerosis), metabolic disorders and neuro-immunology.




Jean-Pierre Martel



« By nature a lawyer is somebody who cares about others, putting his energy and knowledge at the service of the causes he seeks to further. At the Institut du Cerveau – ICM I have been fortunate enough to meet exceptional people committed to a common project, a great cause. So yes, I’m happy to get involved personally and bring the support and know-how of my law firm. This will be my contribution, of which I am proud, to the realization of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM and its success. »




Max Mosley

ex-President of the FIA


« The FIA Foundation has chosen to support the Institut du Cerveau – ICM, as the most serious traumatic conditions linked to road accidents are unfortunately brain and spinal cord damage. This type of accident remains too frequent. The research conducted by the Institut du Cerveau – ICM will help to develop efficient treatments for this kind of lesions. Thus our support is conform to the goals set within our international campaign for road safety. »




Lindsay Owen-Jones

Honorary President of L’Oréal
Honorary President of the Friends of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM


« The Institut du Cerveau – ICM is a great project carried by a team of exceptional scientists which I am proud to support. My career has been a series of economic and sportive challenges. A full life which today gives me reason to turn towards others and commit to those who are concerned with this major public health issue. »




David de Rothschild

President of the Rothschild & Cie Bank
Co-president of the Committee of the Friends of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM


« The many challenges science posed to lengthening of life, with its implications for the development of brain diseases, deserve a substantial research effort. Moreover, we can feel national pride seeing the great project tof Institut du Cerveau – ICM taking shape in Paris, gathering leading physicians and researchers from around the world, and not only thanks to public funds but also thanks to the support of donors. »



Michael Schumacher

Formula 1 pilot


« At the beginning, my interest in the Institut du Cerveau – ICM was motivated by strictly personal reasons, and in particular the strong relationship with Jean Todt and Gérard Saillant. I was certain that I could trust them completely. This was and still is very important to me. The idea of creating a research centre is fascinating from many points of view: because it will help the understanding of how the brain works and to find solutions and cures. Those privileged by life have the duty to help those who are less fortunate and especially those who suffer. Thus I believe that my duty is to help them accomplish this project. My role in the Institut du Cerveau – ICM was initially to help financially. Today I would like to put my notoriety at the service of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM in order to publicize the project, in particular by approaching companies which may join our cause. »



Serge Weinberg

President of Weinberg Capital Partners
Treasurer of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM


« Brain diseases concern a growing number of people. This is a major concern for the future of our societies. In helping this exemplary project based on a close public-private partnership, participating in a team involving scientists, entrepreneurs, personalities, by financing the Institut du Cerveau – ICM I have the feeling of doing something useful. »

ICM missions and strategy

The Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – Institut du Cerveau – ICM (Brain & Spine Institute) – is an international brain and spinal cord research center whose innovative concept and structure make it the only institute of its kind in the world. The Institut du Cerveau – ICM brings patients, doctors and researchers together with the aim of rapidly develop treatments for disorders of the nervous system and enable patients to benefit from them as quickly as possible.

The best scientists from all backgrounds and countries come together at the Institute to perform leading-edge research in this area. To help researchers advance in their work and give patients tangible reasons for hope, we must all play a role: government agencies, corporate actors and individuals. No one can afford to idly stand by, because this fight is vital to every one of us.




Our principles and values

Scientific excellence : getting the best researchers on board to discover new knowledge.

“For the benefit of patients” : bringing together patients, doctors and researchers.

Flexibility : giving science the space it needs to be creative.

Openness : creating a forum for exchange; encouraging dialogue with the civil society and corporate partners.

Knowledge transfer : sharing knowledge within and between countries.

An innovative, ambitious model of excellence

Ambitious :

In order to treat and, one day, cure brain and spinal cord disorders, we need large research centers with the requisite resources and structure to function as a network. The Institut du Cerveau – ICM fits the criteria:

● 22,000 sq. meters of laboratory space;

● 1,200 sq. meters dedicated to clinical research;

● 1,000 sq. meters dedicated to start-up incubation;

● a €67 million investment in property;

● and, most importantly, 700 researchers, engineers and technicians, hand-picked

● to meet stringent standards, working on-site on a full-time basis.


The Institut du Cerveau – ICM is a pole of excellence for the central nervous system, located in the heart of the largest hospital:

● Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital

● 33,000 sq. meters

● 20,000 healthcare team members

● 2,000 beds

● 100,000 patients suffering from nervous system disorders examinated each year

● 4 of the 10 most-sited French neuroscientists working at this site

International :

To build and grow the best research teams, the Institut du Cerveau – ICM formed an international Scientific Committee to identify and recruit top talent. Its rigorous selection process is one of the main factors guaranteeing the Institut du Cerveau – ICM’s scientific excellence.

Unique :

Bringing patients, doctors and researchers together in one place facilitates both basic and clinical research. The aim is to shorten the time span between research and therapy, with significant benefit to patients.

Original :

The Institut du Cerveau – ICM is a private foundation, recognized as a public benefit organization on September 13, 2006, located on the property of a public institution, the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital. The Institut du Cerveau – ICM receives financial support from governmental partners as well as private funds.

Multidisciplinary :

In the past, research being conducted in different fields (molecular and cellular biology, neurophysiology, cognitive sciences, therapeutic) has been too isolated. The multisdisciplinary approach taken by Institut du Cerveau – ICM is a vital innovation in research.

Value-creating :

Extracting value from findings is a key issue today in scientific research. Partnerships with industry, especially in the pharmaceutical sector, give research an accelerating push.


Understanding and treating nervous system diseases and injuries is a major world challenge for the 21st century. Today, our medicine can provide some relief. For tomorrow, we need medicine to prevent, cure and repair.

The Scientific Program of the Institut du Cerveau – ICM is equal to the challenge

  • Prevent, i.e. prevent manifestation of the disease.
  • Cure, i.e. slow, at best stop, the evolution of the pathological processes.
  • Repair, i.e. reconstruct the neuronal circuits after damage to the nervous system.
  • Relieve to attenuate or eliminate symptoms such as memory loss, language disorders, pain, anxiety, and depression.

The objective is to do research at an international level, combining scientific creativity and therapeutic aims. The Institut du Cerveau – ICM’s scientific program is based on the following principles: create a “combat team” for research, which implies:

  • Recruiting the best French researchers, as ranked by the National Agency for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (AERES), and the best foreign researchers, as evaluated by the International Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Place at researcher’s disposal advanced technological platforms and an efficacious Biological Resources Centre.
  • Developing multidisciplinary “translational” research in association with industrial partners and the best research centres in and outside France.
    Define the most important research axes.


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