- Category: Imagine Institute
- Published: Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:58
Created in 1778, the Necker Enfants Malades Hospital became the leading pediatric establishment in the world. The hospital became an international benchmark for research into children's illnesses, under the influence of some of the leading visionary pediatricians such as Robert Debré, and then Pierre Royer.
Doctors and researchers of note succeeded one another, including Jean Hamburger who performed the world's first kidney transplant in 1952, and Maurice Lamy and Jean Frézal, pioneers in molecular genetics.
This place, imprinted with history and scientific progress, is where the Imagine Scientific Cooperation Foundation was created in 2007, whose founding members were :l’Assistance Publique- Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) , l’Inserm , l’University of Paris Descartes , the French Muscular Dystrophy Association (AFM-Téléthon) , the Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France Foundation et the Paris City Council (Mairie de Paris)
Imagine was a winner of the “Instituts Hospitalo-Universitaires" (IHU) award launched in 2011 as part of the "Grand Emprunt" process. Its application was proposed by the Université Paris-Descartes.
Imagine is helping to bring public and private research together, to make diagnosis and treatment accessible as quickly as possible, founded on a flexible and responsive organization.
Since the start of 2014, this spirit of innovation has also been visible in the new Institute of Genetic Diseases, a building of 19,000m2, created by the architects Jean Nouvel and Bernard Valéro. This new institute fits perfectly in the new Necker, where the new 55,000 m2 Laennec building houses the mother and child center. The intention is to modernize conditions for delivering excellent quality care and provide a better environment for sick children.