Creation, Breeding, Phenotyping, Distribution and Archiving of model organisms


To fulfil its mission CEPHEDIA is provided by structured governance either for strategic, scientific or operational objectives:

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Institutional Committee / assembly of supervisory bodies

The Institutional Committee is made up of one representative of each institution. It deliberates on all matters relating to the life and activities of CELPHEDIA.

Scientific and Strategic Board (B2S)

The Scientific and Strategic Board defines the project's priority and assesses the infrastructure activities.  It takes account of the plurality of the constituent entities. The board is composed of scientific experts in the relevant model organisms: the coordinator and 4 members covering the 3 big families of model organisms (1 for non-mammalians, 2 for rodents, 1 for non-human primates). That board suggests scientific and strategic orientations of the infrastructure to the Board of Directors.

Committee of Directors (CODIR)

The Committee of Directors has final authority on management and coordination of the research infrastructure and is responsible for its scientific and strategic direction. That board includes the directors of all CELPHEDIA partner centres, but also scientific managers of these centres.

Infrastructure Operational Office (BOI)

The Infrastructure Operational Office manages the functioning of CELPHEDIA by adding fluidity and reality on the ground in relation to the different bodies. It makes the connection between the components of the infrastructure and coordinates the communication between the different actors of the partner centres (horizontal communication) and to the various governance bodies (vertical communication). It is made up of CELPHEDIA project manager and operational managers from partner centres.

External Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The Scientific Advisory board is a body that guarantees the relevance and scientific quality of CELPHEDIA's activities and is composed of international scientific experts.

Users' Committee

The Users' Committee acts as a representative of users from the scientific community and is composed of the Presidents of the User Committees of each partner centre.

Ethical Committee

CELPHEDIA's Ethics Committee consists of one member from each partner centre's Ethics Committee.

Working Groups around scientific, ethical and administrative topics

Working groups or work packages (=WP) are divided under 4 major topics:

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  1. 1 Coordination – Communication
  2. 2 Operating statement – Administration
  3. 3 Training

Genome modification

  1. 1 Genetic engineering
  2. 3 Genotyping

Zootechnics, ethics & animal welfare

  1. 1 Zootechnics
  2. 2 Cryopreservation – Archiving
  3. 3 Ethics and animal welfare

Phenotyping & multi-scale approaches

  1. 1 Rodent phenotyping
  2. 2 Data storage and imaging
  3. 3 Multi-scale projects


Spirale CELPHEDIA réseau.png Pilots and members of these work packages belonging to "CELPHEDIA Network" are staff (researchers, engineers and/or technicians) from the partner centres of CELPHEDIA infrastructure, but also coming from the external scientific community. Every WP gathers all the network experts in their fields.

To pool all operating forces, CELPHEDIA Network will be open to the scientific community and to the most widely used animal models on scientific purpose, to build and drive actions on common topics. This network, currently gathering 51 centres and institutes, combines an appropriate technological dimension in direct contact with the animal models and a more strategical dimension thanks to a critical mass of expertise. This unique combination of expertise and skills enables CELPHEDIA Network to develop transverse inter-species approaches, at the level of both the technology and the study of human diseases, but also to harmonise scientific and administrative protocols and processes. In the end, the aim is to provide users with services specific to the network through CELPHEDIA gateway.