On Wednesday June 18th, 2008, François-Paul Journe joined the founding members of the ICM in Paris to lay the first stone of the future ICM building. The event was taking place on the site of the CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, in Paris.
François-Paul Journe has committed to support the ICM, next to numerous personalities, to help fight against brain and spinal cord diseases.
Renowned watch constructor, artist, and also man with a heart, François-Paul has dedicated his latest creation, the Centigraphe, in contribution to help advance the medical researches in favour of brain and spinal cord disorders in donating 30% of the profit of each Centigraphe to the ICM.
François-Paul Journe said : “I was lucky in my life, even though I had to work a lot, and I want to share my dream come through with those who are a lot less lucky. In becoming owner of the Centigraphe, you are contributing to the support of the ICM. Because disorders of the brain and spinal cord now affect more than one person out of eight, they constitute a genuine public health issue and I am proud to commit myself, next to people I have in high esteem, for a cause which concerns each and everyone of us”.
Were also present to the event ;
Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, Michelle Yeoh, God mother of ICM, the ICM founding members, Professors Gérard Saillant, Yves Agid and Olivier Lyon-Caen ; Jean Todt Jean Glavany, Maurice Lévy, Jean-Pierre Martel, Lindsay Owen-Jones, Serge Weinberg, André Syrota, and Luc Besson.
ICM website: www.icm-institute.org
During this event, the founding members of ICM reminded the ambition of the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – ICM – (Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders), an international research centre providing the latest technologies, a project unique in the world that will regroup in one same place, sick patients, doctors, and close to 600 researchers, engineers and technicians.
The originality of the philosophy and the functioning mode of the ICM will bring a new life to the world of research: creating a close link between fundamental research and the clinical application, between the private and the public, and developing the research.
Neurological and psychiatric pathologies touch 10 millions of patients, only in Europe. Because of population age increase, these numbers will considerably augment in the next few years. To finalize this institute and to allow searchers to advance in their works, to give a real hope to patients, it is important to be able to count on the mobilisation of each and every one of us. The laying down of the first stone symbolize not only the advancing of the project but also the commitment of a common goal : prevent, cure and mend brain and spinal cord diseases.