Hervé Chneiweiss, 2019 Opecst-Inserm Prize for Social Impact

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.

Chneiweiss is the Director of the Neuroscience Paris Seine* research unit, where he leads the Glial Plasticity and Neuro-Oncology team. In addition to his work on brain tumors, he is passionate about the questions raised by research progress.

Herve Chneiweiss, Prix OPECST-Inserm pour l'impact sociétal - portrait vidéo Prix Inserm 2019 - 2 min 44

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Options (Opecst) from 2003 to 2015 and Chairman of the Inserm Ethics Committee since 2013, Chneiweiss was appointed to the WHO expert panel in January 2019. He was also elected Chairman of the Unesco International Bioethics Committee in July 2019.

Read his biography on the Histoire de l’Inserm website (in French)


*unit 1130 Inserm/CNRS/Sorbonne Université