Director of the theme-based institute: Rémy Slama

Deputy director: Charles Persoz

Assistants: Claudia Patrizio

Clinical Research Unit: Hélène Espérou

Collective Expert Reviews Unit: Laurent Fleury

Public Health Unit: N...

The Public Health institute (ISP) seeks to facilitate and coordinate the work of research teams focused on public health or clinical research. One of its priorities is to support the development of what is now termed "major research infrastructure" in clinical practice and in public health research. The Institute leads and coordinates the scientific community in three particular areas:

  • the functioning and management of the health system, particularly in prevention, diagnosis, and disease management
  • public health policies, and their direct or indirect impact on health
  • prevention policies in areas where health risks are closely linked to individual or collective behaviors (such as drug-taking or diet).


Each of Inserm’s theme-based institutes is led by a director, who is appointed by the Inserm CEO, and supported by experts who span the scientific fields concerned. The key goals of these institutes are:

  • to take stock of the current state of affairs in their research field, and promote French biomedical research within it
  • to lead the scientific community, coordinate its expansion, and put forward major objectives
  • to ensure high-level support for fundamental, translational, and clinical research in each field
  • to support the creation of public-private partnerships and value-creation in research


The "Public Health" institute is organized into three teams:

  • The Clinical Research Unit manages sponsor activities for the clinical trials of which Inserm is a sponsor. It is involved in leading and coordinating the Clinical Investigation Centers (CIC). It also represents Inserm in the F-CRIN project, an "Investments for the Future" clinical research infrastructure. In addition, this group manages Inserm’s relationship with the French data protection authority, CNIL, and manages authorization for organ donation as well as authorization requests for embryo research with the French biomedicine agency, the Agence de la Biomédecine.
  • The Collective Expert Reviews Unit provides independent scientific expertise to decision-makers active in the field of public health (including government departments, health agencies, health insurers, and non-governmental organizations working in health). Through critical analysis of the international scientific and medical literature by a multidisciplinary group of experts, the "Collective Expert Reviews" provide the scientific enlightenment required to take decisions on a public health issue. They also contribute to identifying needs in terms of fundamental, clinical, and public health research.
  • The Public Health Unit contributes to leading research across the disciplines and fields involved in population health. It manages relations with all the partners in the area who might contribute financially to research or might benefit from its results with a view to supporting decision-making. It contributes to the certification process for Epidemiological Registries, to providing logistical support to cohort and large health-care studies, and facilitates the access of research teams to medico-administrative databases. It works closely with the support and funding provisions for public health research supported by the Institut de Recherche en Santé Publique (IReSP) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR).