About us

Le bâtiment


Generate high-quality scientific evidence to better understand disease mechanisms, prevent disease occurrence in the population and provide optimal care to patients.

Promote healthier lives across the lifespan, in high and low income countries

Leverage cutting-edge biotechnologies and data science to discover disease mechanisms

Translate research findings into clinical usefulness for disease prevention and patient care

Improve health services and reduce social inequalities in healthcare

Mobilize expert community to combat current and future global threats to human health

Meet our director

Rodolphe Thiebaut is a medical doctor, with specialization in Public Health. He holds a PhD in Biostatistics from Bordeaux University.

He started his research carrier at the Institut National de Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) as a research scientist between 2002 and 2009 and as research director between 2010 and 2013. He has been a research fellow in the Immunobiology Division of the Institute of Child Health (London, UK) in 2007.

He is now Professor in Public Health / Biostatistics at the University of Bordeaux.
He leads a research group (SISTM – Statistics in Systems Biology and Translational Medicine) devoted to the modelling and analysis of high-dimensional data mainly applied to immunology through the French Vaccine Research Institute (http://www.vaccine-research-institute.fr/en/).

This group, which is embedded in the INSERM U1219 Research Centre (http://www.bordeaux-population-health.center/), has been recognized as an INRIA project team since January 2015 (http://www.inria.fr/equipes/sistm). He is in charge of the medical information department of the Bordeaux University Hospital.

He is also the Director of the Graduate School of Digital Public Health, coordinator of the Master of Public Health Data Science at ISPED (Institut de Santé Publique d’Epidémiologie et de Dévelopement).

Former directors

Stéphanie Debette

Stéphanie Debette, MD PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology/Public Health at the University of Bordeaux and practicing Neurologist at Bordeaux University Hospital.

She served as the current Director of the Bordeaux Population Health research center (University of Bordeaux – Inserm U1219) from 2022 to 2024. Prof. Debette has been leading large collaborative genomic and epidemiological studies on stroke, cognitive traits, and imaging markers of brain aging, especially cerebral small vessel disease, aiming to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying brain aging and to improve prevention and treatment of stroke and dementia.

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Christophe Tzourio

Christophe Tzourio, MD PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology/Public Health at the University of Bordeaux and practicing at Bordeaux University Hospital. He was founder and first director of the Bordeaux Population Health Research Center (BPH) (2016-2021), Inserm Unit 1219 and University of Bordeaux

His research expertise focuses on epidemiology and public health of neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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Roger Salamon

Roger Salamon, MD PhD, is Professor of Public Health. He was École normale supérieure former student (mathematics section). He was founder and director of the first Bordeaux Inserm Unit U330 «Epidemiology, Public Health and Development» (1990-2003), which became Inserm U593 (2003-2008). Then he founded the first research centre «Epidemiology and Biostatistics» Inserm U897 (2009-2013) at University of Bordeaux.

He was founder (1989), and first Director (1997-2005), then Honorary Director (since 2006) of the Institute of Public Health, Epidemiology and Development (ISPED) at University of Bordeaux.

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