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  • How do RNA splicing alterations contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases

    Just published in Nature Communications: the team of Laurence Arbibe, in collaboration with an international network, has identified a major deregulation of RNA splicing in ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. Splicing abnormalities target key genes of intestinal homeostasis and initiate the production of RNAs coding for toxic proteins such as [...]

  • How do memory B cells survive over several decades?

    Just published in Immunity: Over the last 15 years, Pascal Chappert, Marie-Alix Espinasse and François Huetz in the team of Jean-Claude Weill and Claude-Agnès Reynaud investigated the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind the exceptional longevity of smallpox/vaccinia -specific memory B cells.

  • A fruitful collaboration between the teams of Vincent Goffin and Drs A. Idbaih and M. Verreault at ICM.
    Just published in Clinical and Translational Medicine: the growth hormone receptor identified as a target for precision medicine of glioblastoma. A fruitful collaboration between the teams of Vincent Goffin and Drs A. Idbaih and M. Verreault at ICM.  Have a look at the
  • INEM welcomes its new PhD students
    On February 16, the commitment of INEM teams to training and excellence was showcased when 12 incoming first year PhD students presented their projects. Thanks to all young colleagues for the professional presentations and best of luck and success for the thesis.
  • Luminal progenitors, the new stars of the prostatic epithelium
    Want to know more? Look at the comprehensive review just published by the team of Vincent Goffin.
  • New therapeutic perspectives for patients with lymphatic anomalies linked to a PIK3CA gene mutation

    A study conducted by Prof. Guillaume Canaud, physician at the Necker Enfants Malades Hospital and Laboratory Director at the Necker Enfants Malades Institute has just been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine

    This team created a mouse model that develops lymphatic anomalies linked to the PIK3CA gene mutation similar to those of patients. The team then [...]

The Institute
The Institut Necker-Enfants Malades (INEM), created in January 2014, is an international biomedical research center located on the Necker Hospital campus, and supported by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Paris.

Research at INEM is focusing on common diseases caused by the interplay of polygenic inheritance and environmental factors. These diseases primarily affect children and the young, and encompass (auto)immune disorders, haematological diseases, infectious diseases, kidney diseases, cystic fibrosis, endocrinological disorders and metabolic diseases. The INEM teams apply insights obtained through basic and clinical research to develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

For over 40 years, the development of renal transplants and bone marrow transplants, the phenotyping of autoimmune diseases and genetic diseases, allowed most of the major medical advances of today. The major asset of the Institute Necker-Enfants Malades comes from the plurality of skills, the freedom and creativity of its researchers, their desire to diversify their research topics.

Translational activities will be pursued and promoted as much as possible. Indeed, this group of PIs has filed 24 patents, 4 of which are licenced to pharmaceutical companies. 13 R&D contracts have been signed with industry and 3 start-up companies incorporated with one of the above PIs as founder. To further strengthen the link with the socio-economic world, we intend to devote one floor of our research building to hosting private entities, either small companies or teams from bigger pharmaceutical industries wishing to collaborate with groups of the Necker-Enfants Malades Institute.

Our mission

The close interaction between the research labs and the clinical departments is one of our major strengths creating a highly dynamic environment and promoting translational and “bench to bedside” activities. Our research programs are consistent with this mission and most groups have very tight connections with the clinics, mostly through clinicians with joint appointments in research labs and clinical departments.

Our research in the coming years will focus on:
  • Understanding the molecular mechanisms of leukemia is to use targeted therapies and avoid chemotherapy whose collateral damage is known
  • Defeating diabetes, especially the type 1 in children (440,000 in the world), is to address the treatment of autoimmune diseases, more and more frequent in developed countries, as the case for multiple sclerosis or lupus.
  • Succeed one day to control the immune system, thanks to the long experience and considerable clinical material at the Necker hospital on kidney and bone marrow transplantations, is a priority
  • Seek to determine the mechanisms responsible for bacterial meningitis, debilitating in a few hours a perfectly healthy child or subject, is essential to develop effective and safe vaccines.
  • Apply our knowledge of metabolism and growth to promote innovative and personalized therapies in the field of kidney disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and various solid tumors.
The Necker-Enfants Malades Institute is administered by one Director assisted by the two department Heads and one General secretary in charge the administration. Each PI or CoPI is responsible for his (her) scientific project and for the use of his (her) allocated space
Fabiola Terzi
INEM Director
Mario Pende
Marco Pontoglio
Director of "Growth and Signalling" Dept
Peter Van Endert
Simon Fillatreau
Director of "Immunology, Infectiology and Haematology" (I2H) Dept
Sabine Barbut
General Secretary
The scientific teams
The people of INEM

Thirteen research teams are founding members of the Necker-Enfants Malades Institute, which comprises today 20 research teams. The teams are grouped in two departments: a department of Cell biology (Growth and Signalling) and a department of, Immunology, Infectiology and Haematology (I2H).

The Necker-Enfants Malades Institute currently comprises 103 senior scientists, one third of whom are medical doctors, 60 technicians and engineers, 35 postdoctoral fellows and 37 PhD students. Among the 19 teams, 7 have already obtained an award from the European Research Council.

Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is composed of 8 international scientific personalities, experts in their field. Its role will be to advise the INEM on scientific orientations and the recruitment of new groups. If necessary, the SAB might be consulted for strategic decisions. 
Anna Katharina (Katja) Simon
Cédric Blanpain
Sarah-Maria Fendt
Stefan H.E. Kaufmann
Stephen Lory
Helen McNeill
Marco Sandri
Kenneth Smith
Contact us
Institut Necker Enfants Malades

Faculté de Médecine Necker
160, rue de Vaugirard
75015 Paris Cedex
HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, who through the Princess Grace Foundation, already supports medical research and anything that helps to relieve the sick children in France and around the world, has agreed to commit to our side so that our Center of Molecular medicine continues to meet the current challenges and fight diseases, and in particular the ones affecting children.

INEM - Organigramme