The Institute


The Vision Institute is one of the largest integrated research centres in Europe dedicated to vision diseases. Conceived as a place of gathering and exchange, it brings together researchers, doctors and industrialists around patients, and is the leading vision research centre in the world. 


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1. Governance

2. Supervisors

3. Foundation Voir & Entendre

1. Governance

Dr Serge Picaud is at the head of the research center Institut de la Vision. He is assisted in this task by differtent comitees, including the Strategic Committee and the International Scientific Advisory Board.

The Strategic Committee

The Strategic committee meets twice a month and deals with scientific orientations, calls for positions, (ITA, researchers), budget procedures, organization and internal life at the IDV.


  • Alain Chedotal, Department of development
  • Serge Charpak, Department of visual information
  • Christina Zeitz, Department of genetics
  • Florian Sennlaub, Department of therapeutics
  • Valentina Emiliani, Department of photonics

The International Scientific Advisory Board

The International Scientific Board formulates proposals on various aspects of the scientific policy of the Institute de la  Vision, in particular on the choices of thematics, the evaluation of the teams, the integration of new teams or investigators and the choice of the Director. It meets at least once every two years.


  • Alan Bird - University Colleg London, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Institute of Ophthalmology, UK
  • Andrew Dick - Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL-Institute of Ophthalmology, London , UK
  • Carlos Belmonte - Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Alicante, Spain
  • Eberhart Zrenner - University of Tübingen, Centre for Ophthalmology, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Germany
  • Francis Munier - Hopital ophtalmique Jules Gonin, Lausanne , Switzerland
  • Heinz Wässle - Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • Hendrik Scholl - Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
  • Herwig Baier - University of California, Department of Physiology, San Francisco, USA
  • John Dowling - Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 2138, USA
  • Larry Benowitz - F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Nikos Logothetis - Max-Planck-Institut für Biokybernetik, Tuebingen, Germany
  • Paola Bovolenta - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Spain
  • Reza Dana - Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusettes Eye and Ear, USA
  • Sandro Banfi - Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and General Pathology, Second University of Naples, Tigem, Italy
  • Stephen Moss - Department of Pharmacology at University College London, UK
  • Steve Furber - School of Computer Science The University of Manchester, UK
  • Tom Cotter - University College Cork, Biosciences Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Ireland
  • Vadim Arshavsky - Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA


2. Supervisors 

The research center Institut de la Vision is supervised by three major French institutions - Sorbonne University, Inserm, CNRS - which have helped the development of the research center since its conception and provide most of its researchers:

sorbonne universiteSorbonne University is one of the most comprehensive university centers in France with expertise in fields ranging from humanities to science, medicine, technology, business and economics.

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logo inserm rvbCreated in 1964, the National Institute of Health and Medical Research is a state run establishment with scientific and technological characteristics. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Research run it jointly. The Inserm is the only French public organisation to focus entirely on human health. Its researchers are committed to studying all diseases, whether common or rare. Their works include biological research as well as medical and public health research. The Inserm’s first mission is to facilitate the relations between fundamental, clinical, therapeutic and public health research.

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logo CNRS 2The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, the CNRS has the following missions: To evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society, to contribute to the application and promotion of research results, to develop scientific information, to support research training, to participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy.

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3. The Foundation Voir & Entendre

logo noir orange 01In collaboration with the supervisors, the Foundation Voir & Entendre coordinates the activities of the research center by providing most of the administrative teams supporting the researchers in the development of their ambitious projects, and by its work of fund raising for the benefit of the Institut de la Vision.

Further information: Please visit "The Foundation" page