Fondation Mérieux is now a member of Aviesan, the National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health, Aviesan brings together leading French stakeholders in the life and health sciences, including CNRS, Inserm and the Pasteur Institute.
Aviesan’s objective is to enhance the performance of French research by fostering its consistency, creativity and excellence. The alliance ensures scientific coordination of the main research themes as well as operational coordination of projects, resources and funding.
Dr. Christophe Longuet, Medical Director of Fondation Mérieux, Dr. Louise Gresham, CEO of Fondation Mérieux USA and Dr. David Heymann, President of Fondation Mérieux USA, participated in the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, form 28 January - 2 February 2013.
Drs. Gresham and Longuet were speakers at the session for the launch of CORDS (Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance) in a segment on ’Making Regional Networks Work’, during which RESAOLAB was among the success stories highlighted.
The Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) is an annual international conference focusing on policy–related health issues of global significance. The conference is hosted by the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation, the Thai Ministry of Public Health, Mahidol University and other global partners.
Fondation Mérieux’s Scientific Director from January 2008 to February 2013, Guy Vernet took on his new role as Director General of the Centre Pasteur of Cameroun during a ceremony held on 13 May in Yaounde. Benoît Miribel, Director General of Fondation Mérieux, was among the guests invited by André Mama Fouda, Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health.
Guy Vernet’s successor as Scientific Director of Fondation Mérieux is currently being recruited.
On April 3, 2013, the Christophe Mérieux Infectiology Centre of Laos (CICML) was pleased to welcome Mrs. Pany Yathotu, President of the National Assembly of Laos. Accompanied by several deputies, she met with the team and visited the center, where she was particularly interested by its projects in the field of hepatitis.
Prof. Valerie Mizrahi was awarded the 2013 Christophe Mérieux Prize on 5 June in a ceremony at the Institut de France. Director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she is recognized for her research work in the field of tuberculosis and also for her engagement in developing research on the disease in Africa.
Created to support infectious disease research in developing countries, the Christophe Mérieux Prize is awarded each year by the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux under the auspices of the Institut de France. Winners receive € 500 000.