Summer School

IMRB Summer School, July 6-8, 2022 – Domaine de Frémigny, Paris Region


The second IMRB Summer School took place in the magnificent setting of the Domaine de Frémigny in the south of Essonne, France, from July 6 to 8, 2022.

Dedicated to environmental stress and its influence on health and disease, we proposed four main sessions on the ENVIRONMENT as a major source of communicable diseases:
1) zoonotic diseases and infections;
2) the exposome;
3) exposome-epigenetic interactions; and
4) agencies and their role in prevention and sustainability.










Organized by the IMRB and the Metatox team of the Université de Paris Cité, it brought together more than thirty master students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, …













To start this 2nd edition, the organizers had scheduled a visit to the LISA university laboratory in Créteil. Presented by Patrice COLL, director of this joint UPEC/UPC/CNRS unit, this structure is specialized in the understanding of the functioning of terrestrial and planetary atmospheres, and of the impacts linked to the modification of the atmosphere’s composition by human activities.














The participants then went to the Domaine de Frémigny where this edition took place with no less than eighteen speakers who followed one another during these three days.

Two poster sessions were held, as well as a competition for the best oral presentation where ten doctoral students selected according to their abstracts had three minutes to present their research project.












You can find a retrospective of these three days in the form of a slide show below:

Summer School, Domaine de Frémigny, July 6-8, 2022





Pascal BOIREAU (Anses, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety)
Pierre CAPPY (IMRB-U955, équipe Pawlotsky)
Françoise BOTTEREL (Dynamyc, UPEC)
Robert BAROUKI/Xavier COUMOUL (T3S, University of Paris, France)
Arnaud FONTANET (Pasteur Institute, Paris, France)
Serge MORAND (Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand – University of Montpellier, France)
Valérie SIROUX (University Grenoble Alpes, France)
Frédéric RELAIX (IMRB-U955, équipe Relaix)
Andreas DAIBER (University Medical Center Mainz, Germany)
Oskar KARLSSON (Stockolm University, Sweden)
Zdenko HERCEG (International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France)
Joëlle RUEGG (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Maria MELCHIOR (Sorbonne University, Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health, Paris, France)
Pascal SANDERS (Anses, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety)
Mirjam LUIJTEN (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM, The Netherlands)
Emilie FRENKIEL (University of Paris Est Créteil)




IMRB Summer School, July 3-5, 2019 – ANSES headquarters, Maisons-Alfort, Paris Region


The first edition of the IMRB International Summer University took place from 3 to July 2019 at the ANSES headquarters in Maisons-Alfort. It was devoted to environmental stress in the development of chronic diseases. Four main sessions were proposed:


1) nutritional stress and infection in the development of diseases;

2) pollution and inflammation in chronic diseases;

3) molecular mechanisms of inflammation; and

4) role of environmental agencies and start-ups in combating the burden of chronic diseases.



Each session was an opportunity to hear from CIRM and foreign researchers at the forefront of the proposed scientific themes, as well as representatives of French and European environmental agencies and start-ups.


A visit to the environmental laboratory at the University of Paris Est, a workshop on project design and short presentations from selected abstracts are integrated in the program, enabling young researchers to work directly with senior investigators to promote their scientific training.







Speakers :


Bin GAO (Laboratory of Liver Diseases, NIH Bethesda, USA),

Geneviève DERUMEAUX (IMRB), Fatima CLERC (IMRB),

François HUAUX (Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium),

Sophie LANONE (IMRB), Haidong KAN (School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai, China),


Sudha RAO (University of Canberra, Australia),

Jesus ARAUJO (Cardiovascular Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA),

Gérard LASFARGUES (ANSES, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety),

Arnoud AKKERMAN, (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands),

Eric POINCELET (PlanetWatch 24 – Pollutrack, France),

Robert BAROUKI (University of Parsi Descartes, Paris, France),

Basile CHAIX (Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health, Paris, France)