The Program Assessement and Follow-up Department (DESP) is responsible for the evaluation processes of Inserm structures, programmes and researchers, in conjunction with the evaluation bodies, thematic institutes, general management, partners and other support structures.
Fabrice Chrétien, a specialist in the neurological consequences of sepsis and pre-clinical models of infectious and inflammatory diseases of the nervous system, was appointed on 1 January 2018 as Director of the Program Assessement and Follow-up Department. He is a professor at the University of Paris Descartes (neuro pathology, histology), head of the neuropathology department at Sainte Anne's Hospital in Paris and unit director at the Pasteur Institute.
Philippe Coudol is appointed as deputy director. A genetic engineering engineer at AP-HP, he then worked at Inserm in the Infrastructures Office and was Secretary General of the Paris-Cardiovascular Research Centre (PARCC) from 2004 to 2017.