The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories of excellence are established in outbreak-prone regions of developing countries, with financial support from Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux. As the pillars of the GABRIEL network created by the Mérieux Foundation in 2008, they comply with the highest international standards.
Professor Jean-William Pape, founder and director of the GHESKIO Centers in Haiti and professor of medicine at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College (United States)
With a strong focus on applied research in infectious diseases and epidemiological surveillance, the laboratories are transferred to local partners to ensure they address local needs on a long-term basis. They help strengthen local research and training capacities and provide diagnostic testing in the regions where they are located.
Diagnostics and applied research
The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories pursue a double objective combining diagnostics and applied research to:
- Perform complex medical analyses;
- Participate in national and international collaborative research programs, with technical support from the Emerging Pathogens Laboratory in Lyon-Gerland (France).
Eight Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories have opened since 2005. They are located in Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Haiti, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar and Mali. A ninth lab is under construction in Tunisia on the Institut Pasteur campus.