Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale
The National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) is the unique French public research body entirely dedicated to human health and is placed under the joint supervision of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Research. The principal mission of the institute is to facilitate exchange between basic, clinical, therapeutic and public health research thanks to its scientific expertise in several fields (neurology, genetics, cancer, microbiology, immunology…), covering a very large spectrum of human disease. Since 2004, INSERM holds the Jean Mérieux BSL4 Laboratory, which was build in 1999 in Lyon. The laboratory is the only one in France empowered to receive and study samples infected by RG4 pathogens. Jean Mérieux BSL4 Laboratory meets the most drastic international biological safety standards enabling to play a key role in the early warning and surveillance of epidemics around the world coordinated by the WHO. The activities covered by the laboratory are diagnostic, research and training. The Jean Mérieux/ INSERM BSL-4 Laboratory meets the most drastic international biological safety standards and receives international research teams to work on the most dangerous RG4 pathogens.