Every year, a quarter of the 350,000 patients who come through the doors at Necker-Enfants malades hospital AP-HP for a consultation suffer from a genetic disease. It is the leading cause of hospitalization at Necker-Enfants Malades hospital AP-HP.
From this observation came the idea of creating a dedicated space in order to provide optimum management of these pathologies and to accommodate the presence of specialists, researchers and clinicians with the best technological and scientific means to advance research and find new treatments: Imagine Institute.
A reinvented organization for research and care: the “circle” approach
By grouping together researchers, doctors and patients for consultations in the same building at Necker-Enfants Malades hospital AP-HP, Imagine Institute unites all these players and creates favorable conditions to go even further and faster in this “circle” approach: clinical observation, analysis and understanding of the causes and mechanisms of the disease, which encourages the discovery of new diagnostics and new treatments.
Pioneer in Europe, Imagine is one of the rare centers in the world to offer this integrated “doctor-researcher-patient” organization. It is what allowed Imagine to be approved as “University Hospital Institute “ (IHU) in 2011, in the context of the French Investments for the Future Program.
By being on campus at Necker-Enfants Malades hospital AP-HP, Imagine benefits from considerable expertise acquired over decades by clinicians, and from the input of clinical departments.
Closely linked clinical departments
The clinical departments provide vital expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with genetic diseases. They are both the starting point and end point of research.
Prof Stéphane Blanche
Prof Christophe Legendre
Prof Olivier Hermine
Prof Olivier Lortholary
Prof Rémi Salomon
Prof Jean-Paul Bonnefont
Prof Marina Cavazzana
Prof Jean-Marc Tréluyer