The ICM is part of a national, European and international network, bringing together the major research centers in order to meet the scientific research missions.
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At the International level

At the International level, the main partners are the Sandler Neuroscience Center (UCSF, San Francisco, USA), the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada) or the Florey Institute (Melbourne, Australia).


  • Six genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s disease have been discovered thanks to a study conducted by an international consortium of researchers, including Professor Alexis Brice’s team at the Brain and Spine Institute. The discovery of these new genetic risk factors is the result of a long and complex study that began in 2010 and has relied on the cooperation and pooling of resources across several international public and private institutions, including the US National Institute of Health (NIH), the US Department of Defense and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The results were published on the 27th of July 2014 in the prestigious journal, Nature Genetics.
  • Le Dr Claire Wyart dirige une équipe de recherche qui travaille sur les réseaux nerveux de la moelle épinière à l’Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – ICM – à Paris. En équipe avec le Dr Patrick Delmas de directeur de recherche au CNRS dans le centre de neurobiologie et neurophysiologie de Marseille et le Dr Katharine Lewis, professeur agrégé de biologie du Collège des Arts et des Sciences, Université de Syracuse, New York, le Dr Wyart est l’heureuse lauréate et coordinatrice principale de l’une des 24 subventions du programme HFSP 2014, attribuée par l’organisation internationale HFSP – Human Frontier Science Program.
  • As part of strengthening international exchanges between France and Canada, the Brain and Spine Institute – ICM – will host a newcomer in his incubator IPEPS-ICM: Company NeoVentures Biotechnology Inc. (London, Ontario). This collaboration has been under the CTA program for Canadian Technology Accelerator – The Canadian Technology Accelerator.

To build and grow the best research teams, the ICM formed an international Scientific Advisory Board to identify and recruit top talent. Its rigorous selection process is one of the main factors ensuring the ICM’s scientific excellence.

At the European level

At the European level, the main partners are the Institute of Neurology (UCL, London, United Kingdom) and the German Center of Neurodegenerative diseases-DZNE (Helmholtz, Germany).

Example: MoU signed with Deutches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE), Helmoltz – Bonn and Institute of Neurology (IoN) – Londres

At the national level

At the national level, the ICM works in close relationship with the Sorbonne Université through the IHU-A-ICM. The ICM is part of Neuropôle et the École des Neurosciences de Paris (ENP), in network with the other major Parisian research centers: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Institute of Vision, MIRCen, Neurospin, Pasteur Institute…

Research at the MHI developed in cooperation with major French neuroscience centers including: the main partners are:

  • Bordeaux, neurophysiology
  • Caen, neuroimaging
  • Grenoble, engineering sciences, neurobiology
  • Lille, neuropathology
  • Lyon, neurophysiology, neuroimaging
  • Marseille, neurophysiology, neuroimaging
  • Montpellier, neurogenetics, neurobiology
  • Strasbourg, neurobiology, neurogenetics
  • Toulouse, genetics, neuroimaging

Example: The Cyceron center of Caen and ICM signed a partnership agreement to develop scientific collaborations. Indeed, teams of researchers working on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease have decided to work together on a first scientific research project on frontotemporal diseases.

The regional delegations of the ICM

To reinforce its relations with its donors and accelerate research, the ICM has developed a regional strategy. Three regional delegations have been created. They function thanks to the commitment of many volunteers and work in association with the seat of the ICM.

Collaborative research programs are conducted locally with national poles of excellence.

Each region is organized around the Regional Representative who pilots the actions of the ICM and conducts communication campaigns with the aid of a local Ambassador.