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Published 25 May 2014

Introduction



 

The non for profit association "Les Amis de l’Institut Pasteur de Bruxelles" was founded on the 25th September 1943 by Professor [Jules Bordet->http://www.aipb.be/spip.php?article118], first Belgian[Nobel->http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1919/press.html][ Prize in Medicine in 1919->http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1919/press.html] for his pioneering research on immunity and first director of the Pasteur Institute of Brussels.
Since its creation and until 2008 this association aimed to support and promote by all means the activities of the Pasteur Institute of Brussels, especially research activities in the field of infectious diseases, sera, vaccines and immunization procedures (article 3 of the original statutes).
 
 
The Governing Council was, in addition to Professor Jules Bordet, composed of the following founding members : Félicien Cattier, president of the University Foundation and the National Fund for Scientific Research, Baron Robert Gendebien, industrial, Octave Gengou, professor at the Free University of Brussels, Prince Albert de Ligne, Emile Marchal, professor emeritus at the Institut Agricole de Gembloux, Ernest Rénaux, professor at the Free University of Brussels, Jérôme Rodhain, director of the School of Tropical Medicine, Robert Rutteau, President of the administrative commission of the Pasteur Institute of Brussels, Ernest-John Solvay, industrial, Emile Tournay-Solvay, industrial, Victor Van Straelen, director of the Museum of Natural Sciences, Louis Wodon, Honorary Secretary of the House of the King and Paul Bordet, Director of the Pasteur Institute of Brussels. l
 
The ministerial decision (published as Royal Decree in December 2007),[->../../../../../spip.php?article28], by which all the missions of the PIB were abolished, put a definitive end to the existence of the Pasteur Institute in Belgium and hypothecated the initial objectives of our association as well. Nevertheless, we made the decision, in accordance with the wishes of our donors and testators, to pursue our support to medical and scientific research in microbiology and infectious diseases. In collaboration with the Directorate of International Affairs,[Direction des Affaires Internationales (DAI)->http://www.pasteur-international.org/ip/easysite/pasteur-international], of the Institut Pasteur in Paris (IPP) we have redefined the goals of our association (new article 3 of our [->http://www.aipb.be/spip.php?rubrique6]). This decision enables us to continue our missions.
The association aims to support basic microbiological and immunological research that in the context of an international cooperation is performed between researchers in Belgium and researchers of the "Institut Pasteur" and / or the International Network of Pasteur Institutes [Réseau international des Instituts Pasteur (RIIP)->http://www.aipb.be/spip.php?rubrique73].
Currently, our activities are focused on providing research grants to young researchers and on supporting basic research that is performed in the context of an international cooperation with the International Network of Pasteur Institutes [RIIP->http://www.aipb.be/spip.php?rubrique73]
The [Governing Council ->http://www.aipb.be/spip.php?rubrique79] is currently presided by Prof. Dr. Lise Thiry, professor emerita of the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB) and honorary head of department of the Pasteur Institute of Brussels.