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Research Capabilities

The Mérieux Foundation research teams are a key resource for expertise in infectious diseases.

Core research laboratories in Lyon and Beijing

Our applied research facilities are structured around two core laboratory units:

  • the Emerging Pathogens Laboratory, part of the International Center for Infectious Diseases Research (CIRI) in Lyon, France

  • the Christophe Mérieux Laboratory in Beijing, China, part of the Institute of Pathogen Biology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

Research programs are mainly focused on respiratory infections, including tuberculosis, and enteric infections, including typhoid fever. They aim to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with these infectious diseases in low-income developing countries. Key areas include clinical and epidemiological studies, antimicrobial resistance and the development, validation and implementation of new diagnostics. In addition, a program is being conducted on hemorrhagic fevers in our Jean Mérieux Laboratory, a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) containment laboratory located next to the Emerging Pathogens Laboratory, which is owned by the Mérieux Foundation and managed by Inserm, the French national biomedical and public health research institution.

The GABRIEL research network

Applied research in developing countries is conducted through our GABRIEL laboratory network, created by the Mérieux Foundation in 2008 to enhance regional research capacity, both in terms of research infrastructures as well as human resource development. The network has 18 research partners on four continents. The main objectives are to:

  • enhance laboratory capacity through technology transfer,

  • develop and strengthen human resources and laboratory and clinical research capacity, and

  • conduct multicenter clinical and epidemiological studies on targeted diseases.

As part of these activities, we began an ambitious quality assurance program to acquire international ISO 15189/17025 accreditation for the GABRIEL laboratories. The laboratories in Laos, Paraguay, Mali and Haiti are the first GABRIEL members participating in this program.

Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories

Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories provide state-of-the-art BSL-2 and BSL-3 research platforms in low-resource countries. Built with the support of Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux, an independent family foundation working closely with the Mérieux Foundation, they are located in Madagascar, Mali, Haiti, Cambodia, Laos, Lebanon, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories are members of GABRIEL and form a unique network for applied, clinical and epidemiological research with core support from the Mérieux Foundation’s laboratories in Lyon and Beijing.

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