Alain Fischer - Curriculum Vitae#


MD (1979) - PhD (1979)

Professional address

Unité d’Immunologie et d’Hématologie Pédiatriques, INSERM U 768
University Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades – 149, Rue de Sèvres 75 743 PARIS cedex 15


Medical: Residency in pediatrics (1975-1979)
Assistant Professor in pediatric immunology (1981-1984) (Hospital Necker)
Research : Master in Biochemistry 1975
PhD 1979 (Université Paris Jussieu)
Post doctoral fellowship University College London. M Feldmann, PCL Beverley (1980-1981) (Human antigen-specific T cell clones)

Academic appointments
  • 1984-1988: Tenure medical position in the Pediatric Immunology, Department , Hospital Necker
  • 1988-present: Professor of Pediatric Immunology (Université Paris Descartes)
  • 2006-present Professor at Institut Universitaire de France
  • 1996-present: Director of the Pediatric Immunology Department, Hospital Necker
  • 1982-1991: Group leader – INSERM Unit 132, Hospital Necker
  • 1991-present: Director of INSERM unit 768 « Développement Normal et Pathologique du Système Immunitaire » Hospital Necker, Université Paris Descartes.
  • 2009 Director of the Research Institute of Genetic Diseases (Imagine), Hospital Necker, Université Paris Descartes

Honors and awards
  • Jung Preis für Medizin (Hamburg), 1998
  • Louis Jeantet Prize (Geneva), 2001
  • Novartis Prize for clinical immunology, 2001
  • Member of EMBO, 2002
  • Member of the French Science Academy, 2002
  • A. Philipson Prize (Stockholm), 2003
  • Honorary degree of the University of Zurich, 2005
  • Descartes Prize (European Community), 2005
  • Molecular Medicine prize (University of Debrecen),2007
  • Grand Prix INSERM, 2008
  • Member of the Academia Europea, 2009

Main areas of research
  • Development of the lymphoid system
  • Primary immunodeficiencies
  • Genetics of immunological disorders
  • Gene therapy

Appointments during the last years
  • Director of Ecole Doctorale (PhD programme) “genetics, immunology and development” Université Paris Descartes, Paris (1994-1996)
  • President of the Immunology Committee at INSERM (1994-1998)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of Association Française contre les Myopathies (AFM) (1998-2002)
  • President of the Scientific Committee of Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale (2000 -2002)
  • Adviser for Medical Research at the Ministery of Research (1999-2001)
  • Director of the French Program « Research on rare diseases » (2002-2005)
  • Member of the Scientific advisory Board, Gaslini Institute, Genoa, Italy (2002-present)
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Ville de Paris (2003-present)
  • Member of the Initiative Committee on the reform of the French research system (2004)
  • Member of the Scientific advisory Committee, Riken Immunology Institute, Yokohama, Japan (2004-present)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee “Programme Hospitalier de Recherche Clinique” (Health ministery) (2005-2007)
  • Vice-President of the board of the Pasteur Institute (2005-present)
  • Member of the French National Ethical Committee (2005–2009)
  • Member of the ExecutiveCommittee of the European Journal of Immunology and of the editorial Committee of International Immunology
  • Member of the advisory editorial boards of EMBO Journal (2005-2008), EMBO Reports (2005-2008), EMBO Molecular Medicine,and PloS Medicine, Corresponding Editor of Annual Review of Immunology
  • Member of the board of reviewing editors (BORE) of the Science Magazine (2006-present)

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