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From the beginning of 2022, we invite you to celebrate our 20 years  !

The 20th anniversary of the ICS (Institut Clinique de la Souris) coincides with the 20th anniversary of the sequencing of the mouse genome!

Over the past 20 years, ICS has made significant contributions to the study of gene function and to innovations that have transformed the research landscape in this field. On this occasion, the entire ICS staff invites you to participate in meetings, exchanges, visits, workshops, webinars and debates.

We hope to give everyone the opportunity to exchange, including meeting our users and our partners and celebrate this anniversary together.

From January 2022 onwards, watch out for all the events we will be organizing, which will be opportunities to strengthen our ties!

  • Webinar user's cases : recurrent short meeting, held online, from Jan. 2022  to share mouse and rat model experience with you.

  • Spring 2022: special event to share with the industrials and compagnies from the Innovation Park of Illkirch

  • Nov. 2022: this month marks the official ceremony, organized on site over 2 days, Nov. 17-18th, at the Innovation park of Illkirch and the IGBMC auditorium (Illkirch, France) - Save the date !

  • Several satellites meetings and special events: As the events are prepared

2022 will provide many opportunities to everyone to exchange and celebrate this anniversary together !


The user webinars are an opportunity to present our contribution to our clients' research work and to discuss the interest of their research work, the mouse models and the technologies used to answer their scientific questions. Each webinar will allow two of our users to speak and testify in this sense.These meetings will be held on Tuesdays online, every month or so, and you are all invited to attend and contributes to the discussion.

Webinars calendar:

  • Tuesday 25 January, from 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm, CET (Paris, France)
  • Tuesday 08 March, from 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm, CET (Paris, France)
  • Tuesday 12 April, from 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm, CET (Paris, France)
  • Tuesday 17 May, from 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm, CET (Paris, France)




Webinar user's case # 1

Tuesday 25th Jan. From 04:00 pm to 05:00 pm, CET (Paris, France)


Thomas Rosahl, PhD, external in vivo pharmacology lead at Merck Research Laboratories, will show how the ICS phenotyping platforms contribute to the research carried out in his company; Thomas is a Senior Principal Scientist at merck, leading the Merck Research Laboratories collaboration with the ICS to phenotype Genetically Engineering Mouse models at a large scale using the various phenotyping platforms at the ICS.

Title of the presentation: Impact of GEM phenotyping at ICS for Merck Research Laboratories

Summary: For the last 18 years, Merck Research Laboratories has engaged in a collaboration with the ICS to phenotype Genetically Engineered mouse – and more recently rat – models. ICS has all phenotyping platforms under one roof, from GEM generation and gene expression analysis to validate novel GEM models, to behavior, cardio, metabolic, respiratory, histopathology and immunophenotyping. The presentations will highlight some vignettes on how ICS phenotyping impacted on the MRL drug discovery programs.


Françoise Piguet, PhD, researcher at the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (ICM), will present how ICS allowed her to collect the data necessary to prepare clinical trials for gene therapies. Françoise was previously a researcher at IGBMC using ICS platform and contracting punctually with ICS once she has joined the NEUROGENCELL team at ICM.

Title of the presentation: Gene therapy approaches for neurodegenerative and demyelinating diseases

Summary: Gene therapy approches to target either a specific gene or a metabolic pathway require proof of concept in several models and translational studies in rats and non human primates to develop a full set of data in order to prepare a clinical trial.




To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the ICS team will lead, be associated with or be part of the satellite events of the official ceremony on 17-18 November 2022.

Exchange between ICS and ITI Neurostra

Friday Feb. 25th, from 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm CET (Paris, France)


ICS is meeting with ITI Neurostra to establish links and promote exchanges on behavioral phenotyping of mouse and rat models, particularly to list the expertise in Strasbourg and to discuss the technical developments proposed by ICS (Touchscreen and learning process, Live Mouse tracker and social behavior study, Digigait and locomotor behavior analysis by a machine-learning software, etc.).

Organisers: Benoit Petit-Demoulière (Head of Phenotyping department at ICS) and its colleagues (Hugues Jacobs, Fabrice Riet et Nicolas Torquet), Anne-Laurence Boutillier (DR CNRS, UMR 7364, Unistra) & Caroline Rouaux (Research Associate, INSERM, UMR_S 1118, Unistra)


To be part: the exchanges will take place at the CRBS auditorium (1 rue Eugène Boeckel, Strasbourg) will be conducted in French. The meeting is open for whom is concerned by the Neurobehavior research without registration to attend. The meeting will be held online in case the sanitary conditions would not allow to come together physically. Same date and same time



SPECIAL EVENT - Official Ceremony

SAVE THE DATE  !      Thursday Nov. 17th to Friday Nov. 18th

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