Chairman: Pascal Griset

Pascal Griset © Inserm/Guénet, François

Created in January 2017, the Inserm History Committee partly reflects the move in recent decades to rebuild, preserve, and demonstrate the value of Inserm’s heritage.


One of the highest Committee’s priorities is to lead studies to make apparent the role and contribution of Inserm in the French biological, medical, and health-care research, also within the international context.

The committee also promotes or organizes, in collaboration with the Inserm's partners (scientific, cultural, and socioeconomic bodies) events dedicated to the history of Inserm and, more widely, the history of medical and health care reasearch. The committee aims to bring together organizations working in related and/or complementary fields, and to develop collaborative projects.


The committee members are appointed by the Chairman and CEO of Inserm :

  • Pascal Griset, Chairman of the History Committee, Professor at Sorbonne University, co-author of At the Heart of Life published on Inserm’s 50th anniversary, and a specialist on the history of innovation and major scientific institutions.
  • Four personalities who have contributed through their work to the development and excellence of Inserm. Current members are: Yves Agid, Martine Bungener, Pierre Corvol, and André Syrota
  • Four experts in Inserm/science and society issues. Current experts are: Florence Hachez-Leroy, Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Muriel Le Roux, and Cécile Meadel

Full members:

  • Claire Giry, Vice-CEO of Inserm
  • Priscille Rivière, deputy director of the Department of Scientific Information and Communication at Inserm
  • Suzy Mouchet, manager of the Inserm history website
  • Hélène Chambefort, manager of the Inserm archives
  • Dominique Donnet-Kamel, former head of the Patient Associations team, closely involved in science/society relations
Création du Comité pour l'histoire de l'Inserm © Inserm/Heidinger, Jean-Marie

The founding of the History Committee in 2017


Annual meetings and events

Annual meetings are organized, which gathers French and International experts from one specific domain to explore the past, present and future of research in this area. 
The 3rd Annual Meeting “From the Brain to Neurosciences: Itineraries over the longue durée” will be held at the Sorbonne, the 22nd January 2020.


Every year, the History Committee offers a number of grants to support some students – mostly in Master degrees - interested in the history of Public Health and biomedical research.


The first issue of the Committee’s journal Les Cahiers du Comité pour l’histoire is to be published on January 2020 on iPubli. It will gather some papers from the second annual meeting which was dedicated to the history of epidemiology from 19th century to present.


Download the Commitee leaflet