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Molecular Imaging Research Center
Director of MIRCen : Dr Philippe Hantraye
Secretaries : Marie-Laure Raverdy / Marie-Christine Courbeix
MIRCen -Molecular Imaging Research Center- is a preclinical research installation created by the CEA and INSERM.
This installation, based at the CEA center in Fontenay-aux-Roses, consists of a group of platforms dedicated to the development and validation of animal models pertinent to human neurological diseases.
These animal models are used both in the development and validation of novel techniques to detect deficits early after disease onset and in the evaluation of innovative treatments against neurodegenerative diseases.
The 10 platforms of MIRCen
occupy 8500 m² and enable both academic and industrial research teams at the national and international levels (see "service request") to access complementary molecular, imaging, behavioral and post-mortem expertise and methodologies.
About a hundred researchers, research officers, technicians, clinicians and students from the CEA, INSERM, CNRS, the Paris-Saclay university and Henri Mondor Hospital, work at this center, running
their own research programs (see the "Neurodegenerative Diseases Laboratory") or lending their focused expertise in neurosciences to
run the platforms (see "MIRCen platforms").
MIRCen coordinates the research infrastructure NeuraTRIS, conceived to accelerate the translation of discoveries in basic research into medical innovations for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system NeuraTRIS, spécialisée en neuroscience translationnelle (NeuraTRIS)
Emmanuel Brouillet, PhD
Director of the
Neurodegenerative Disease laboratoryUMR9199
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.