Institut Pasteur

The Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit foundation whose mission is to contribute to the prevention and treatment of diseases, and above all infectious diseases, via research, teaching & training, and public health activities. The Institut Pasteur was created in 1887 by Louis Pasteur.


146 research units or biology groups divided into ten Research Departments: Cell biology and infection, Developmental biology, Structural biology and chemistry, Genomes and Genetics, Immunology, Infection and epidemiology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Parasitology and mycology, and Virology.

* Scientific and medical research with a priority on the fight against infectious diseases:
- Viral diseases (flu, HIV/AIDS, dengue fever, West Nile, Rift Valley fever, hepatitis, SARS, chikungunya, rabies, poliomyelitis, hemorrhagic fevers, yellow fever, etc)


- Bacterial diseases (tuberculosis, whooping cough, meningitis, cholera, diarrhoea, etc)
- Parasitic diseases (malaria, leishmaniasis, etc)
- Research also covers pathologies including certain cancers, genetic diseases, neuro-degenerative diseases, and allergies
- 21 technological platforms

Public health:

* The Medical Centre at the Institut Pasteur proposes the following services to the public:
- Consultations: travel medicine for infectious and tropical diseases and allergies
- International vaccination centre: vaccinations and travel advice
- Voluntary counselling and testing centre (HIV, hepatitis C)
- Rabies treatment centre
- Medical biology analysis laboratory
- 20 National Reference Centres
- 8 WHO Collaborating Centres

Teaching & training:

- In 2006, 331 students hailing from 41 countries, all highly selected, participated in courses organised by the Institut Pasteur.
The 21 courses dispensed by the Teaching Centre are Master’s level units including highly developed practical modules. Certain courses can lead to an inter-university diploma and several are integrated into coursework for doctoral schools in Parisian universities.

- In 2006, 750 interns of 56 different nationalities were welcomed by the Institut Pasteur, to broaden their professional horizons, for a sabbatical year, and for research training purposes.