The infection and Epidemiology Department is particularly involved in the study of certain pathogens responsible for emerging diseases, their detection and surveillance, the identification of escape strategies to host immunity, and the development of new therapies. We interact closely with the public health authorities and our involvement is strong in training the researchers of tomorrow.

Epidemiology studies are based on the activities of the NRCs and WHOCCs, but also on mathematical modeling approaches that make it possible to identify the factors contributing to the transmission of pathogens, such as the Ebola virus or Zika virus. These studies aim to anticipate future outbreaks, or to identify the causal link between certain pathogens and diseases, such as Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome or microcephaly.

Our research is carried out in close collaboration with institutions around the world, in particular with the Institut Pasteur International Network, thus reinforcing the relevance of the results obtained from a clinical point of view and in terms of public health.

The Infection and Epidemiology Department participates in the training of future scientists in connection with the Institut Pasteur teaching center, and in close collaboration with the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Cnam), within the Pasteur-CNAM School of Public Health which offers a master’s degree in public health. In the field of digital education, MOOCs are proposed.




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Recent distinctions :

  • Sylvain Brisse : Chaire d’Excellence Charles Nicolle (2016)
  • Simon Cauchemez : Prix de la Fondation de France (2017), Chaire d’Excellence Elie Metchnikoff (2017)
  • Fabrice Chrétien : Prix Pasteur Vallery-Radot (2015)
  • Arnaud Fontanet : Chaire annuelle de Santé Publique au Collège de France (2019)
  • Henrik Salje: ERC starting grant (2018)
  • François-Xavier Weill : Prix de l’ Académie Nationale de Médecine (2018), Prix Georges et Elias Canetti (2017)




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