Summer School



“Environmental Stress and Chronic Diseases”

3-5 July 2019


Venue : Headquarters of ANSES, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, Maisons-Alfort, Paris area, France


Call for Applications / Deadline : 15 march 2019


The first edition of the IMRB International Summer School will take place in July 2019 and will be dedicated to environmental stress in the development of chronic diseases. We will propose four main sessions that will deal with:


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 will have interventions by IMRB and foreign investigators that are at the forefront of the scientific topics proposed, 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.


Confirmed speakers :


Bin GAO (Laboratory of Liver Diseases, NIH Bethesda, USA)
François HUAUX (Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium)
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 AKKERMANS (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)


The school is limited to 20 participants and it is open to PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
Registration fee: 100 euros.

Hotel accommodation for 3 nights and all meals during the duration of the school will be offered to the selected candidates.

Please send your application to the following address:, providing a short CV and a cover letter outlining your research activities and how this training is relevant to your project.