Inserm Prizes 2011

By honoring its talents, Inserm intends to show the diversity and the wealth of the professions that work in biomedical research, as well as the creativity and the passion of the men and women who run it on a daily basis.

The winners

Alain Prochiantz, lauréat du Grand Prix Inserm 2011 © Inserm, P. Latron

Grand Prix : Alain Prochiantz
Holder of the "Morphogenetic processes" Chair at the Collège de France and member of the French Academy of Sciences since 2003, neurobiologist Alain Prochiantz specializes in morphogenesis – i.e. all of the processes that bestow upon tissues and organs their specific form – and particularly in the genetic regulation of this morphogenesis.


Ethel Moustacchi, lauréat Prix d'honneur 2011 © Inserm/P. Latron

Honorary Prize : Ethel Moustacchi
Up until 1985, Ethel conducted innovative research on the mechanisms behind DNA damage, its repair and genetic control; she particularly devoted more than ten years to studying the defects of molecular repair involved in Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic disease predisposing the sufferer to cancer.


Susan Gasser, Prix International 2011 © Inserm/P. Latron

International Prize : Susan Gasser
Specializing in epigenetics, Susan Gasser explores the mechanisms that regulate, influence and transmit the information of active genes in human DNA to give rise to the infinite complexity of the living organism.


Pierre Léopold, lauréat Prix Recherche 2011 © Inserm/P. Latron

Research Awards : Pierre Léopold
His fundamental work looks at the drosophila system (UMR6543 Cancer, Developmental Biology and Signaling Institute, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis).


Geneviève de Saint Basile, lauréat Prix Recherche 2011 © Inserm/P. Latron

Research Awards : Geneviève de Saint Basile
Her discoveries on the immune system connect clinical and basic research (Inserm/Paris 5 Unit 768 "Normal and pathological development of the immune system", Necker Children's Hospital).


Frédéric Fiore, lauréat du Prix Innovation 2011 © Inserm/P. Latron

Innovation Awards : Frédéric Fiore
Technical Manager of an original GMO mouse design platform (Plateforme KO-KI Booster, Inserm-Cnrs-Université de la Méditerranée de Marseille Luminy Center of Immunology)


Claude Delpuech, Lauréat du Prix Innovation 2011 © Inserm, P. Latron

Innovation Awards : Claude Delpuech
Head of the magnetoencephalography department of the CERMEP in Lyon (Cerebral Dynamics and Cognition Team, Inserm/UCBL Unit 1028 "Lyon Center of Neuroscience Research").



The Grand Prix pays tribute to an actor in French scientific research whose work has allowed for remarkable progress in the knowledge of human physiology, therapeutics, and in the health field at large.

The Research Awards distinguish researchers, professors and clinician-researchers, whose work has particularly marked the field of fundamental research, clinical research and therapeutics and research in public health.

The Innovation Awards reward engineers, technicians or administrative personnel for original creations in the service of accompanying research.

Since 2004, an Honorary Prize and an International Prize have been awarded, bearing witness to the professions of particularly eminent international scientists.

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