Centre National de la Recerche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Description of the organisation

cnrs logoThe Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organisation, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. CNRS's annual budget represents a quarter of French public spending on civilian research. As the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe, CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge, through its eight CNRS Institutes : Institute of Chemistry (INC) ; Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) ;  Institute of Physics (INP) ;Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB) ;  Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) ;  Institute for Computer Sciences (INS2I) ; Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS) ; Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI); and its two national institutes with national missions: the National Institute of Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU); and the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3). Its own laboratories as well as those it maintains jointly with universities, other research organisations, or industry are located throughout France, but also overseas with international joint laboratories located in several countries. Measured by the amount of human and material resources it commits to scientific research or by the great range of disciplines in which its scientists carry on their work, the CNRS is clearly the hub of research activity in France. It is also an important breeding ground for scientific and technological innovation, and has been one of the most active participants to previous and current European Framework Programmes.


Profile of staff members

Vincent Breton received his Engineer degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1985 and his PhD in Nuclear Physics from the University of Paris XI- Orsay in 1990. Since 1990, he has been a Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).  
In 2001, he founded a research group (http://clrpcsv.in2p3.fr) on the application to biomedical sciences of the IT technologies and tools used in high energy physics. Co-founder of the GATE collaboration (http://opengate.in2p3.fr) gathering more than 20 research laboratories around the world, co-founder of the Healthgrid (http://www.healthgrid.org) and WISDOM (http://wisdom.healthgrid.org) initiatives, he his the director of CNRS Grid Institute since January 1st 2010 and director of France Grilles, the French National Grid Initiative, since June 2010.

Pierre-Paul Vidal is Head of the CESeM (Centre d'Etude de la Sensorimotricité) Université Paris Descartes - CNRS - UMR 8194 - http://www.biomedicale.univ-paris5.fr/cesem/French/Accueil/index.html

Nicolas Vayatis is Full Professor (PU1) – Department of Mathematics, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan; Director of the research center CMLA (UMR CNRS/ENSC 8536); Director of Master Programme MVA on Mathematics-Computer Vision & Learning; Head of research team on « Statistical learning and massive data analysis »; Professor at Ecole Centrale Paris


Recent publications relevant to the project

A. Le Seac'h, H. Picard, M.A. Gorsane, I. Amado, M.O. Krebs, P.P. Vidal 2012 "A step toward an objective quantification of subtle neurological signs in Schizophrenia
Psychiatry Research" (In Press)

L. Bayer, I. Constantinescu, S. Perrig, J. Vienne, P.P. Vidal, M. Mühlethaler, S. Schwartz 2011 "Rocking synchronizes brain waves during a short nap". Curr Biol. 2011 Jun 21;21(12):R461-2.

Catherine Quantin, Gouenou Coatrieux, François André Allaert, Maniane Fassa, Karima Bourquard, Jean-Yves Boire, Paul de Vlieger, Lydia Maigne and Vincent Breton, New Advanced Technologies to Provide Decentralised  and Secure Access to Medical Records: Case Studies  in Oncology, Cancer Informatics 2009/7, 217-229

Mark Olive, Hanene Rahmouni, Tony Solomonides, Vincent Breton, Yannick Legré, Ignacio Blanquer, Vicente Hernandez, SHARE roadmap for HealthGrids: methodology, (2009) International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 78, Supplement 1, Pages S3-S12 (April 2009)

V. Breton, K. Dean and T. Solomonides, editors on behalf of the Healthgrid White Paper collaboration,”The Healthgrid White Paper”, Proceedings of Healthgrid conference, IOS Press, Vol 112, 2005