International Institutions

ideSHi collaborates with the following international institutions on research and training activities:

Fondation Mérieux

Established in 1967 by Dr. Charles Mérieux, Foundation Mérieux is an independent family foundation. It fights the infectious diseases that affect developing countries, and is currently active in a dozen countries and offers a specific model based on a long history of expertise in clinical biology and a comprehensive approach to public health issues. Its mission is to contribute to global health by strengthening local capacities of developing countries to reduce the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations. Its action is based around four main priorities: (i) clinical biology laboratories, (ii) collaborative research programmes, (iii) training and exchange of knowledge, and (iv) support to local initiatives. ideSHi is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Christophe Mérieux and his commitment to fighting infectious diseases worldwide.


GABRIEL (Global Approach to Biological Research on Infectious Epidemics in Low-income countries) is a research laboratory network covering several countries in Asian, Africa and Latin America. It also conducts pragmatic and concrete actions providing researchers in developing countries with the tools required to complete their own research projects: laboratory procedures, specific software, databases and biological samples, and mentoring and training programs. The GABRIEL laboratory network brings together Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories, local reference laboratories, representatives of academic or private sector research, the hospital sector and universities.

Broad Institute

The Broad Institute, formerly the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, evolved from a decade of research collaborations among MIT and Harvard scientists. The institute conducts research in the areas of cancer, medical and population genetics, genome biology, chemical biology, metabolism, infectious diseases, psychiatric, genome sequencing and analysis. The institute aims to be collaborative and cross-disciplinary, and was formed as a result of initiatives by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, MIT, the Whitehead Institute, Harvard, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

MGH is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and is its original teaching hospital. Together they form an academic health science center. MGH reports it conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of over $750 million. Research centers cover many areas including AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, transplantation biology and photomedicine.

Stanford University

Stanford University  is a private research university located in Stanford, California, and is one of the world's leading educational institutions, with the top position in numerous rankings and measures in the United States.

Ethics Committee (EC) of ideSHi

National Institute of Health (NIH) ideSHi has its own Institutional Review Board (IRB) (# IRB00013389) authorized by Office for Human Research and Protection (OHRP) of National Institute of Health (NIH), USA with its Federal Wide Assurance Number # FWA00032057. This registration is listed on the website at It is a 12-member committee that reviews and meet at a regular interval or upon requirement for approving ethical permission to submitted proposals.