This year marks the 20th anniversary of Inserm Prizes: discover the winners


The 20th annual Inserm Prize ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Collège de France to celebrate six researchers and engineers whose work has helped raise the level of scientific excellence at the Institute.

The 2019 Inserm Prizes will be presented in the presence of Agnès Buzyn, Minister of Health and Solidarity, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Gérard Longuet, Senator, and Cédric Villani, MP, Chairman and first Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Office for Scientific and Technological Assessment (Opecst).

The winners

From the very beginning of his career, Eric Gilson has been passionate about repetitive DNA sequences and more particularly those found at the extremity of our chromosomes – the telomeres. One thing led to another and he is now a specialist in the biology of aging.

How does what we eat affect our health? This question is central to Mathilde Touvier’s research, and for which she regularly provides new answers – with particular thanks to the valuable data of the NutriNet-Santé e-Cohort.

French researcher resident in the USA, Michel Sadelain has developed a highly promising immunotherapy strategy  that combines gene and cell therapy to provide tailormade cancer treatment to patients.

Physician and neurophysiologist Hervé Chneiweiss has helped elucidate astrocytes, essential partners of neurons, whose abnormalities are responsible for a number of diseases. His work rapidly led him to develop an interest in the social impact and bioethical aspects of medical research.

Research engineer Chiara Guerrera has developed an intelligent and high-performance proteomics analysis platform. Thanks to her work, complex technologies are becoming accessible to academic researchers.

Current French National Consultative Ethics Committee President Jean-François Delfraissy has always privileged listening and health democracy. In the 1980s, in the face of a new and unknown disease – AIDS −, this physician-researcher immediately understood the role that the patients could play in the acquisition of knowledge.


To find out more, read the press release


Prix Inserm 2019 - 20 ans de Prix Inserm (1 min 30)