About Open Brain School

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The potential of bridging neuroscience and diverse streams of education

What we know about the brain and how it works can be applied to so much more than just neurological and psychiatric diseases. The brain is, in itself, the essence of what it is to be human. Almost every aspect of our daily life is directly linked to neuroscience. Much of the training that exists in the field of continuing education could greatly benefit from knowledge based on neurosciences, and certain MHI training programs have already been the subject of case studies that prove the pedagogical effectiveness of their innovative approaches. The need for continuing education continues to grow. Business schools are among the key players capitalizing on this trend with innovative Master’s programs in administration and business. To seize this opportunity, the ICM proposes to open up the teaching of neurosciences to people outside research and to continue to develop the training of highly qualified professionals in the field of research and care through the Open Brain School.

Education is an evolving activity at the heart of ICM

ICM manages various training programmes that has delivered some impressive. Since their inception in 2014, the number of programmes and participants has increased dramatically with 12 programs and 1,500 participants in 2018. The objectives of the training program were to provide training in advanced research areas, and technical skills as well as to improve clinical and paramedical skills and to refine other multi-disciplinary skills. To achieve these goals, we piloted a number of programmes.

Today, ICM sees great value in bringing together these programmes under one roof, refining the focus of training streams, and sharing neuroscience with people and professionals outside research and the medical world.


The time is now, as a newly training-certified organization with Open Brain School

ICM wishes to become a key international player in neuroscience-based training for students, researchers, clinicians, paramedical personnel and health professionals. The ICM’s long-term objective is to contribute to the training of “neuro-citizens” and neuro-experts. To achieve this, in January 2019 the ICM created a training school, the Open Brain School, in partnership with the founding members of ICM, officially recognized as a training organization.


An ecosystem made available

  • Scientific excellence

ICM ranks 2nd among 35 international Institutes in the Neurology field (based on in the top1% most cited publications).


  • Talent

– The ICM brings together 25 multidisciplinary teams focused on Cognitive neurosciences, Neurophysiology, Cellular and molecular neurosciences, Clinical and translational neurosciences.

– 10 technology platforms

– 53 professors and associate professors, 26 clinical researchers, 58 research directors and researchers, 85 engineers, technicians, clinical research assistants

– The ICM hosts 20 start-ups in incubation that collaborate with ICM researchers.

  • Cutting-edge infrastructure

– 22,000 sq. meters of laboratory space

– 1,200 sq. meters dedicated to clinical research

– 1,000 sq. meters dedicated to start-up incubation

– a €67 million investment in property

  • Strong local and international partnerships

– The ICM sits at the heart of the Hôpital universitaire Pitié-Salpêtrière, France’s largest hospital. 4 of the 10 most-cited French neuroscientists working at this site

– The ICM collaborates closely with Sorbonne Université, one of France’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

– The ICM has established international exchange programs with world-class universities like MIT, Stanford and Yale.


Find our programs organized around 4 main themes: programs dedicated to research-oriented programs and advanced technology, programs dedicated to the clinical and translational research, programs dedicated to soft skills, and programs using new teaching methods and technologies.

A dedicated team within the Medical and Scientific Affairs Department: scientific.affairs@icm-institute.org