#Covid19 #Coronavirus The French Academy of Medicine creates a Scientific Monitoring Unit


As part of the management of the epidemic, the Scientific Monitoring Unit set up by the French Academy of Medicine brings together a group of experts representing the fields of public health, epidemiology, infectiology, virology, pharmaceutical sciences and veterinary sciences.

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Prof. Bernard Charpentier is elected Vice-President of the French Academy of Medicine.


Prof. Bernard Charpentier, Vice-President of the Foundation of the French Academy of Medicine (FAM), is elected Vice-President of the French Academy of Medicine for the year 2020, succeeding to Jean-François Mattéi.

He will become President of the Academy for the year 2021.

The FAM extends its  sincere congratulations to him.

About Bernard Charpentier

Doctor Bernard Charpentier graduated in 1975 from the University of Paris XII Créteil and is Professor Emeritus of exceptional class at the Faculty of Medicine Paris-Sud. He has also been a hospital practitioner, former Head of the Department of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation at the Bicêtre University Hospital. He was Director of the UMR INSERM/University Paris-Sud U542 and is part of the Joint Unit INSERM 1197/University Paris-Sud – Hôpital Brousse.

Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Paris-Sud from 1998 to 2008, he was also former President of the Conference of Deans of Faculties of Medicine and Presidents of Medical Universities from 2003 to 2008.

He has received several distinctions including in 2010 the Grand Prize of the Czech Transplant Foundation (Charles University – Prague). He was President of the European Society of Transplantation (ESOT) 2005-2007. He is a full member of the National Academy of Medicine, former President of the 1st Division and Vice President of the Academy of Medicine Foundation. He was elected Member of the Federation Council.

European Federation of Medical Academies (FEAM) in 2012, then elected Vice-President in 2014 and finally President from 2015 to 2018. He was a member of the European Commission’s Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Consortium (2015-2018) and was elected President in 2017-2018.

He is a Commander in the Order of the Legion of Honour, Officer in the National Order of Merit, Knight in the Order of Academic Palms, and Medal of Honour of the French Army Health Service.

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FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum Colloquium


The European Biomedical Policy Forum is an initiative of the European Federation of Medical Academies (FEAM) which aims to provide a platform for stakeholders from the different biomedical sectors to exchange views on the different European policies that may affect their activities.

The FEAM Forum brings together representatives from academia, industry, patient organisations, associations and research and public health institutes.

The FEAM Forum contributes to the dialogue between these different actors by promoting the exchange of information and an open and constructive debate on European policies that have an impact on the biomedical sector.

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6th Global Fund Replenishment Conference


On October 09 & 10, the FFAM will have a stand alongside Mérieux Foundation at the 6th Global Fund Replenishment Conference.

The Global Fund seeks to raise funds to accelerate the movement against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This will be an opportunity for our teams to meet the actors involved in this fight.

Ending these 3 pandemics in 2030 is the goal of the Global Fund, with which we are associated!

#AccéléronsLeMouvement #StepUpTheFight

Fondation Mérieux
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High Patronage

High Patronage : Actions Mongolie

In 2017, the Foundation granted High Patronage to the initiative of the association Actions Mongolie to assist in the development of new neonatology technologies in Mongolia.

Actions Mongolie is a Lyon-based non-profit association, law 1901, created in 2001 and recognised as a public interest institution. Its aim is to bring medical assistance to Mongolia. This assistance is provided through the provision of the necessary material, but above all by the training given by voluntary doctors – which mandates actions in the long term.

Since 2004, Actions Mongolie has carried out many missions in this country, particularly in ophthalmology, general medicine, surgery and aid in the development of laparoscopic surgery. All their actions are carried out in collaboration with the Mongolian health system.

Its initiative to assist in the development of new neonatology technologies in Mongolia will be led by Dr Philippe Rebaud – Head of the Paediatrics Department of Hôpital de Villefranche-sur-Saône [Villefranche-sur-Saône Hospital] – in the Neonatology Department of the No. 1 maternity hospital in Ulaanbaatar.

An inventory was carried out on April 2016 by Dr Philippe Rebaud and Ms Elisabeth Charvet, Head Nurse in the Villefranche Paediatric Department. Essential needs were identified:

  • Management of respiratory distress in premature and newborn babies: at present, the equipment used only delivers pure oxygen with risks of respiratory and visual sequelae;
  • Management of neonatal jaundice: at present, the techniques used are performing poorly, and induce risks of severe encephalopathies and frequent and prolonged re-hospitalisations.

The project’s aim is therefore to improve the care of newborns in intensive care. The project will result in:

  1. The provision of specific materials in each of these areas:

– Non-invasive ventilation devices;

– Intensive photo-therapy tunnels with monitoring and measuring devices for bilirubin.

  1. Training in new techniques for professionals on site, complemented by work placements in France.

Actions Mongolie estimates that around 500 newborns, out of the 650 received by this department each year, will benefit from these techniques.

A project to install the equipment and also an initial training session are scheduled for May 2017. Then the training will continue in Mongolia and France for two years. In November 2016, on a preparatory basis, two Mongolian paediatricians in this department came for a two-week work placement at Villefranche-sur-Saône Hospital.

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The UTMB or Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is an internationally renowned sporting event composed of four long-distance walking races in the heart of nature, which crosses France, Italy and Switzerland and will be taking place on 22 to 28 August. 2016 will be the thirteenth edition of a 168 km course for amateurs and professionals.

The Academy of Medicine Foundation was present through its charity bibs: three runners chose to give €2,000 each to the Foundation in exchange for participating in the race while wearing its colours.

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FEAM Symposium “ado health”



The Academy of Medicine Foundation (FAM) took part, along with the National Academy of Medicine, the FEAM (Fédération Européenne des Académies de Médecine [Federation of European Academies of Medicine]) and the Fondation Singer-Polignac [Singer-Polignac Foundation], in the organisation of a joint symposium in Paris on 13 May 2015. The main theme of this meeting was “Adolescent Health: investing in the future” and it was composed of two sessions: mental health in adolescents and obesity. This theme was mainly chosen because it is a current problem affecting all European countries, and brings together multiple aspects, from psychological disorders and addictions, to lifestyle and the prevention of infectious diseases.


It seemed necessary to compare the attitudes of our various countries in this respect and to inform the European Union authorities of their recommendations. Indeed, with the ease of travel and the expansion of digital communication means, the problems are identical and the measures to be considered must now be EU-wide.

The Foundation’s involvement included logistics, communication on the website (gathering information on interventions), financial support and the organisation of a dinner at the Hôtel des Arts et Métiers.

In addition to put the European spotlight on its actions, participating in this event also allowed the FAM to witness the election of the FEAM President: Bernard Charpentier (also Vice-President of the Foundation).

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Health Conferences

Health Conferences

The Franco-Mexican Health Conferences were held on Friday 10 July 2015 in Paris at the headquarters of the National Academy of Medicine, during the State visit to France by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto from 13 to 16 July 2015. Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Womens’ Rights, opened the session in the presence of the Mexican Health Minister, Mercedes Juan Lopez. Some 80 experts discussed nutrition, care for the elderly and global health cover, with a view to strengthening health cooperation between France and Mexico through partnerships between various institutions.

Since the Forum was held just one month after the FAMx Mexico Forum, the Foundation had already had the opportunity to build strong relationships with Mexican health experts and was therefore asked to take part in establishing this new official meeting between the two countries.

Therefore, the Academy of Medicine Foundation (FAM) was able to organise an official dinner on the evening of 9 July at the Hôtel des Arts et Métiers to reunite the French and Mexican delegations and thus create links outside the confines of the conventions and partnerships. Alongside the FAM, also present were the representatives of the French and Mexican Ministries of Health, the Academies of Medicine of both countries, as well as the patrons, such as L’Oréal, Sanofi and the Airbus Helicopters Foundation.

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Franco-Mexican Seminar


In Mexico, on 20 November 2015, “the Franco-Mexican Seminar: the Impact of Climate Change on Health, and Vector-borne Diseases” was held.

Mutual experiences have confirmed the current and future risks on the quality of life and health of populations. This meeting was organised by the Mexican Health Secretariat, the French Embassy in Mexico, the National Academies of French and Mexican Medicine and the French Academy of Medicine Foundation.

This seminar took place as part of the COP21, held in Paris in December 2015 and following the Declaration of Intent signed last July between the French and Mexican Health Ministers, Marisol Touraine and Mercedes Juan, which recommended identifying joint actions to mitigate the impact of climate on health. The experts also debated the impact of climate change on health, particularly vector-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

The French Ambassador to Mexico, Ms Bossière, expressed her satisfaction that such an event, offering a multi-disciplinary vision of the matter, had been organised. She recalled the creation in 2011 in France of a group of experts in Health-Climate vigilance, responsible for constantly monitoring the relationship between climate change and people’s well-being.

La Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) announced that dealing with climate change requires joint work between several Ministries and concrete efforts to address its impact from different points of view. It stressed that intense action was needed to address the effects of climate change on health and the emergence of new diseases.

The seminar allowed an analysis of this topic from a health perspective and above all the actions undertaken to deal with vector-borne diseases. It highlighted the work already done, the progress made and the challenges to be faced in both Mexico and France.

As pointed out by Professor Marc Girard of the National Academy of Medicine, it is obvious: the global warming that threatens our planet today will have consequences in all areas: on our health but also our environment, our landscapes and our way of life, not to mention the risk of conflict it may generate, hence the conclusion that health security is a “global public good” that must be understood and dealt with on a global scale from a comprehensive and integrated perspective.

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Training for helicopter-based medical emergencies in Mexico


From January 31 to February 2nd 2017 in Mexico

For the first time in Mexico, the French Academy of Medicine Foundation, in cooperation with the Airbus Helicopters Foundation and the Academy of Surgery, organized a training for helocopter-based medical emergencies in Mexico from January 31 to February 2 2017.

During those three days, more than 90 doctors, nurses and first help actors, including 40 military doctors, followed theoretical lessons, presentations and real clinical cases, as well as practical workshops focusing on the helicopter.

Upon completion of the training, the participants had to have acquired the theoretical and practical knowledge required for optimal use of a helicopter in coordinated emergency care.

Prof. Navarro, who attended most of the classes and closed the session, expressed his satisfaction in terms of the quality of the teaching imparted. In the near future, this training should follow the implementation of helicopters in different states in Mexico, with the Academy guaranteeing its quality.

Qualified expert trainers: Prof. Jean-Pierre Auffray, Dr Jean-Cyrille Pitteloud, Dr Stéphane Foucher, Mr Ralph Setz, and Dr Jean-Claude Deslandes.

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