Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatological Surgery
Chairman of the ICM
Former professor of orthopedic surgery, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Head of the Orthopedic, traumatologic and reparatory surgery at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital since 1993, Gérard Saillant is one of the foremost specialists in sports medicine and spinal surgery.
President of FIA
Vice-Chairman of the ICM
“During my entire career I have had the opportunity to meet extraordinary people, among whom professor Gérard Saillant. Together we felt the need to do something to help others. This is why we have brought together personalities from various horizons who share the desire to commit personally to creating a research centre focusing on the brain and the spinal cord where the potential for improvement is immense. We are aware of the scope of the project and the obstacles ahead … but also and especially of the formidable hope it represents. With our ‘dream team’ and the support of all those who accept to help us, the ICM will quickly become a reality.”
Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences
Professor and hospital practitioner, former Head of the department of neurology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Yves Agid is also a Doctor of Science, Director of the Federative Institute of Neuroscience at the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital. As Laureate of the INSERM Grand Prix in 2001, he received a lifetime achievement award in neuroscience. As clinician his activities focus primarily on movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremours …), neuropsychology (intellectual and psychological disorders of all kinds) and neurogenetics (hereditary diseases of the nervous system).
“Neurological diseases strike everyone regardless of age, race and social background. This is why I wanted my support to draw public attention to the necessity of opening a centre of research and care such as this one.”
President of Altria
“I have been particularly impressed by the generosity and motivation of the initiators. But equally by the considerable number of pathologies that the ICM focuses on … So if my contribution however modest can help this institution take form and change the life of those who are struck by these diseases of the brain and the spinal cord, it will not have been in vain.”
Deputy of Hautes-Pyrénées
“The ICM project is a generous idea carried by a group of friends wanting to make it come true. But this human adventure will only succeed if we manage to bring thousands of people to help it along. I try to bring my modest experience to the team by forging links and potential institutional partnerships with ministries, the regional authority, the city of Paris, the university, the public hospitals of Paris, the Caisse des Dépôts and major research organisations.”
CEO of Publicis
“The sheer number and complexity of diseases involving the brain, the spinal cord and the nervous system are on the rise. A great initiative was required to bring together scientists around a grand design. ICM has achieved this and it is probably the most significant initiative in medical research in the past 50 years involving people of exceptional talent, devotion and quality.”
Professor of Neurology, Director of the department for Nervous System Diseases at the La Pitié-Salpêtrière’s Hospital
Professor at the Faculty of Medicine (Paris VI), MD, neurologist, Head of department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Olivier Lyon-Caen is also member of the INSERM Unit 360. Professor Lyon-Caen is particularly involved in myelin-related disorders (multiple sclerosis), metabolic disorders and neuro-immunology.
“By nature a lawyer is somebody who cares about others, putting his energy and knowledge at the service of the causes he seeks to further. At the ICM I have been fortunate enough to meet exceptional people committed to a common project, a great cause. So yes, I’m happy to get involved personally and bring the support and know-how of my law firm. This will be my contribution, of which I am proud, to the realization of the ICM and its success.”
Former president of the FIA
“The FIA Foundation has chosen to support the ICM, as the most serious traumatic conditions linked to road accidents are unfortunately brain and spinal cord damage. This type of accident remains too frequent. The research conducted by the ICM will help to develop efficient treatments for this kind of lesions. Thus our support is conform to the goals set within our international campaign for road safety.”
President of L’Oréal
Honorary chairman of the Friends of the ICM Comittee
“The ICM is a great project carried by a team of exceptional scientists which I am proud to support. My career has been a series of economic and sportive challenges. A full life which today gives me reason to turn towards others and commit to those who are concerned with this major public health issue.”
David de Rotschild
President of Banque Rothschild et Cie.
Co-chairman of the Friends of the ICM Comittee
« “Les multiples défis que lance à la science l’allongement de la vie, avec ses conséquences sur le développement des maladies du cerveau, méritent que nous
fassions un effort de recherche conséquent. En outre, on peut ressentir une certaine fierté nationale à voir ce beau projet qu’est l’ICM prendre corps à Paris, rassembler des médecins et des chercheurs éminents venus du monde entier, et ce non seulement sur fonds publics mais aussi grâce au soutien de donateurs. »
Formula 1 Racing Driver
“At the beginning, my interest in the ICM was motivated by strictly personal reasons, and in particular the strong relationship with Jean Todt and Gérard Saillant. I was certain that I could trust them completely. This was and still is very important to me. The idea of creating a research centre is fascinating from many points of view: because it will help the understanding of how the brain works and to find solutions and cures. Those privileged by life have the duty to help those who are less fortunate and especially those who suffer. Thus I believe that my duty is to help them accomplish this project. My role in the ICM was initially to help financially. Today I would like to put my notoriety at the service of the ICM in order to publicize the project, in particular by approaching companies which may join our cause.”
President of Weinberg Capital Partners
The ICM’s Treasurer
“Brain diseases concern a growing number of people. This is a major concern for the future of our societies. In helping this exemplary project based on a close public-private partnership, participating in a team involving scientists, entrepreneurs, personalities, by financing the ICM I have the feeling of doing something useful.”