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ISM celebrated women on March 8, 2024

Female scientists/rising stars from the ISM are sharing her experiences.

Let together inspires the next generation of women scientists

Prof. Joseph KAMGNO Elevated to the Rank of Knight of the National Order of Merit of France

On January 9, 2024, Professor Joseph KAMGNO, CEO of the Higher Institute of Scientific and Medical Research (ISM), was honoured by receiving the Knight’s Medal of the National Order of Merit of France. The vibrant ceremony took place at the Residence of France in Yaounde, in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Cameroon, His Excellency Thierry Marchand.

This distinction, awarded by President Emmanuel MACRON on July 19, 2023, was officially conferred upon Professor KAMGNO during a solemn ceremony on January 9, 2024.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Joseph KAMGNO for this well-deserved recognition, attesting to his exceptional commitment and remarkable contribution to the field of scientific research. This medal underscores the significant impact of Professor KAMGNO in the world of scientific research, and we are honoured to celebrate this outstanding achievement.

The AMMnet-OCEAC Modelling Training for Medical Entomologists

On October 5-6, 2023, a training course on modelling for medical entomologists was organized by the Applied Malaria Modeling Network (AMMnet) and the Organisation de Coordination pour la lutte contre les Endémies en Afrique Centrale (OCEAC).

Held at the OCEAC conference hall in Yaoundé, Cameroon, this course aimed to equip Medical Entomologists with modelling skills, and foster collaboration between Entomologists and Modelers. Two ISM Research Assistants, André DOMCHE (Medical Entomologist) and Orville W. HAPPI TCHAKOUNTÉ (Data Scientist and Modeler), took part in this training facilitated by Mr. Yannick NIAMSI EMALIO, Head of the Data Science and Computer Science Department at ISM.

Dr. John Barrows is visiting ISM.

During his stay in Cameroon, Dr. John Barrows, President and CEO of the International Eye Foundation (IEF), paid a visit to the Higher Institute for Scientific and Medical Research (ISM) on Thursday, July 20, 2023. He was accompanied by Madame Caira Grey-Johnson (Program Manager IEF-USA) and a few members of the IEF Cameroon Office.

During the visit, a working session was held to discuss the collaboration between IEF and ISM, particularly regarding their joint commitment to combat onchocerciasis.

The IEF delegation had the opportunity to tour the facilities of ISM and appreciate the current installations that offer potential for future collaborations. The visit concluded with a group photo.

End of the international symposium organized as part of the activities of the South TROUVE GDRI

🔬🌍 The Microbiome at the Heart of the Fight Against Tropical Diseases! 🦟🦠

The Higher Institute for Scientific and Medical Research (ISM) hosted an exciting international symposium on “Innovative Approaches to Anti-Vector Control: The Role of the Microbiome” from June 29 to June 30, 2023. This symposium was organized as part of the activities of the International Research Group-South “Trypanosome-Onchocerciasis: Microbiome for Anti-Vector Control” (GDRI-South TROUVE), with financial support from the Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

For two days, experts in human and animal health, as well as researchers from around the world, exchanged their knowledge on innovative approaches to combat the vector insects of trypanosomiasis and onchocerciasis. The central focus of the discussions was the microbiome of these vectors and its potential to suppress their vector competence.

🤝 This scientific event was co-organized by two distinguished researchers: Dr. NANA DJEUNGA, Researcher at ISM and President of the Symposium’s Organizing Committee, and Dr. Anne GEIGER, Researcher at IRD in Montpellier, France, and Coordinator of GDRI-South TROUVE. They joined forces to bring together various stakeholders involved in the fight against tropical diseases in Cameroon and Guinea, during an enriching roundtable discussion preceding three sessions.

🎓 Young researchers and students also excelled during this symposium by presenting their research to the experts in attendance at ISM. A unique opportunity to share their findings and engage with leading specialists.

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Public Health of Cameroon, this event was inaugurated by Professor Emilienne EPEE, Head of Service in charge of Research at the Integrated Coordination Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases. As for the closing ceremony, it was graced by the presence of Dr. Georges B. NKO’AYISSI, Deputy Director in charge of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, accompanied by numerous distinguished guests.

👉 The next stage of this exciting scientific journey will take place in Guinea! The young researchers and students from ISM will have the opportunity to receive training on the approaches to explore the microbiome of onchocerciasis and THA vectors (metabarcoding).

🌐 Share this major breakthrough with your friends and colleagues! Together, we can combat tropical diseases with innovative and promising approaches.

The Inauguration Ceremony of ISM on 1st June 2023 was a resounding success!

We are thrilled to announce that the momentous inauguration of the ISM (Higher Institute for Scientific and Medical Research) took place on June 1st, with great success and acclaim. This significant event marked a major milestone in our relentless pursuit of advancing scientific and medical research.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who attended and contributed to the resounding success of the ceremony. It was an occasion filled with immense pride, enthusiasm, and a shared commitment to pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

With the ISM now officially open, we are ready to embark on our mission of trailblazing research, innovation, and excellence in the field of scientific and medical studies. Our world-class facilities, distinguished faculty, and passionate researchers are poised to make groundbreaking discoveries and shape the future of healthcare.

We extend our sincerest appreciation to all our partners, and dedicated individuals who have played a vital role in bringing the ISM to life. Together, we will continue to drive forward advancements in scientific and medical research, making a profound impact on global health.

The ISM Inauguration Ceremony in Pictures

CRFilMT Becomes ISM

The CRFilMT (Center for Research on Filariasis and other Tropical Diseases) is evolving to become the ISM (Higher Institute for Scientific and Medical Research).

We are delighted to announce this significant change. The ISM represents our ongoing commitment to cutting-edge scientific and medical research in the field of tropical diseases.

You will also notice that our logo has been updated. The logo on the left is now our new symbol that you should familiarize yourself with.

We look forward to continuing our research mission and actively contributing to the fight against tropical diseases through the ISM.


Mr. Mérieux visiting Cameroon

The Higher Institute for Scientific and Medical Research (ISM) welcomes Mr. Alain MERIEUX to Cameroon

Visiting Cameroon from May 31 to June 2, 2023, Mr. Alain Mérieux, President of the Mérieux Foundation and Honorary President of the Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation, will take part in the inauguration ceremony of the building-headquarters of the Higher Institute for Research Scientific and Medical (ISM), June 1, 2023. This ceremony will be chaired by His Excellency Professor Jacques FAME NDONGO, Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education, representative of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.

Inauguration of the ISM headquarters building

On June 1, 2023 at 3 p.m., the ISM headquarters building will be inaugurated in the presence of government personalities, administrative and scientific authorities and diplomats.
The building has five levels housing a research laboratory, a medical analysis laboratory, a medical center, an amphitheater and a conference room.

Giving out of the medal of Knight of the National Order of Valor

Giving out of the medal of Knight of the National Order of Valor on an exceptional basis awarded by the Head of State of Cameroon

Professor Joseph Kamgno, Knight of the Order of Valor of Cameroon

Professor Joseph Kamgno, Knight of the Order of Valor of Cameroon

Professor Joseph Kamgno in the presence of the Minister of Public Health H.E. Malachie Manaouda

Professor Joseph Kamgno in the presence of the Minister of Public Health H.E. Malachie Manaouda

Hugues C. Nana Djeunga one of the judges American Society of Tropical Medicine

Hugues C. Nana Djeunga one of the judges American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Young Investigator Awards Committee.

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American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)

13 - 21 September 2022, ISM Amphiteatre
Introduction to empirical population genetics to support elimination of tropical disesases
Closing ceremony and presentation of certificate
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With the Christophe Mérieux Prize, the Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation promotes high-level local research and helps anchor researchers in their home countries.

Since 2007, the Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation has awarded a Scientific Grand Prize each year, entitled “Christophe Mérieux Prize” to a researcher or research team studying infectious diseases in developing countries. The selection of the winner is made by the “Institut de France” on the proposal of the Mérieux Foundation, which submits to the Institute personalities identified in the field. 

This prize is intended to help research on infectious diseases in developing countries and exclusively reward research teams working permanently within these countries.

Visit of the MÉRIEUX FOUNDATION in Lyon

Visit of the MÉRIEUX FOUNDATION in Lyon

Pr. KAMGNO with Mr and Mrs MÉRIEUX

Professor KAMGNO with Mr and Mrs MÉRIEUX

Prof. Joseph KAMGNO, winner of the 2022 Christophe Mérieux prize

Pr. Joseph KAMGNO receives the "2015 Islamic Development Bank Prize"

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