Founded in 1964, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) is a public scientific and technological institute, which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Health and French Ministry of Research. It is the only French public research institute to focus entirely on human health. In 2008 INSERM took on the responsibility for the strategic, scientific and operational co-ordination of biomedical research. This key role as co-ordinator comes naturally to INSERM thanks to the scientific quality of its teams and its ability to conduct translational research from the laboratory to the patient's bed.
Laboratory Inserm U1208-Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute 'SBRI' investigates the development, function and repair of neuronal circuits involved in cognition, motor control and biological rhythms. Inserm U1208 seeks to develop embryonic stem-cell based therapies so as to reverse the effects of dopaminergic lesions leading to the motor and cognitive deficits found in Parkinson's disease.