The actors involved in the consortium agreement LIGAN : CNRS, University of Lille , Inserm, CHU Lille, the Pasteur Institut of Lille and EGID.


The National Center for Scientific Research is a public research organization (public scientific and technological institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation). It produces knowledge and puts it at the service of society. His research areas are multiple : Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and Environment, Humanities and social sciences, Engineering and systems, Mathematics, Nuclear and particles, Physics, Information Sciences, Earth sciences and Astronomy. The CNRS plays an strong role on the international scene in the scientific world.

With nearly 32,000 people (more than 15,000 researches and around 16,000 engineers, technicians and administrators), a budget for 2015 of € 3.3 billion, including € 730 million of own resources and a presence all over France, the CNRS is active in all areas of knowledge, based on more than 1,100 research and service units.

With 20 Nobel Prize winners and 12 Fields Medal winners, the CNRS has a long tradition of excellence. The CNRS awards each year the “gold medal”, considered as the highest scientific distinction in France.

Université de Lille

The University of Lille is one of the leading European universities.
In the heart of a young and dynamic city, European Capital of Culture in 2004, the University is a dynamic institution connected with some of the world’s highest-ranking foreign universities. To guarantee students’ socio-professional integration, the University of Lille offers high quality trainings at the three-level organization of post-secondary education (Bachelor’s-Master’s-Doctorate).

Associated with major national research organizations, the University of Lille has 3,300 teaching and research staff and 66 worldwide-renown laboratories.

Excellence, interdisciplinarity and internationalization

Excellence is the bedrock of the University of Lille. The policy implemented aims to strengthen the continuum between disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientific research, in line with major societal issues. The University of Lille is developing its projects within a European research framework, particularly with North-West Europe and with many others partners around the world.


Founded in 1964, Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) is a public scientific and technological institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministries of Health and Research. The institute is dedicated to biomedical research and human health, and is involved in the entire range of activities from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. It also partners with the most prestigious research institutions in the world that are committed to scientific challenges and progress in these fields. With 15 000 researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff, the purpose of Inserm is to improve general health by the growth of knowledge of livings and of diseases, by the innovation regarding treatments and research in public health.

CHU Lille - Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille

The University Hospital of Lille has a total capacity of more than 3000 beds in 2018 and is made of 14 specialized hospitals. Based in Lille, in the European Metropolis of Lille (Hauts-de-France), it is affiliated to Lille University (more than 70 000 students).  It is, with Parc Eurasanté and the university, one of the biggest health campus of Europe spread on 350 hectares; and its medical school is the main on in France with more than 12 000 students.

With a staff nearing 16 000 professionals, it is one of the most important public healthcare facility of the North of Europe.

Institut Pasteur de Lille

Institut Pasteur de Lille is a private, non-profit foundation with recognized public utility status since 1898. As an international center for biomedical research, Institut Pasteur de Lille focuses on Longevity fundamental research, education and public health to ensure we live better for longer. It also plays an economic and innovation key role through its biotechnology platforms and start-ups.

Inside the Longevity Research Center, 33 research teams are engaged to develop scientific knowledge in the diseases associated with ageing:  cardiovascular or neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases, metabolic diseases, cancers and diabetes. The researchers also contribute to the development of new disease prevention tools and treatments with the aim of extending the period of healthy life after the age of 60. Institut Pasteur de Lille is also strengthening its strategic positioning on Longevity through its Prevention, Health and Longevity Center: health checks, international vaccination, health education, clinical studies and expertises.

As a financially and legally independent member of the Pasteur Institutes network (RIIP), Institut Pasteur de Lille is authorised/ empowered to receive donations, bequests/legacies and sponsorship for its research projects.


EGID (European Genomic Institute for Diabetes) is first and foremost an international research institute focused on diabetes (type 1 and 2), obesity and the associated risk factors, the purpose of which is to disseminate and promote the “research product”.

EGID is the first diabetes research institute of international visibility based in France and the only center in the world with such a vast field of action in its field: fundamental research, university training, continuing education, prevention, prediction, clinical applications, industrial development and promotion of public health actions.