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IMBB has set up and maintains an international advisory board, which evaluates the achievements of individual researchers triennially. IMBB-SAC also provides advice in scientific management issues, development and operation of common facilities, educational program and exploitation of scientific results.

SAC is an independent board composed by the Chairman (appointed by the Director and the Scientific Council of IMBB) and the Members (appointed by the Chairman of SAC). Each member is appointed for a 9-years term and members rotate out in an overlapping manner to secure continuity.

The current Chairman of SAC is Dr Spyros Artavanis-Tsakonas (2018 – 2027).
Previously SAC was led by Michel Ashburner (1989-1993) and Fotis Kafatos (1993-2009).

Current Members of SAC:

Dr. Spyros Artavanis-TsakonasChair, Prof. Em. Of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Dr. Vincent Colot, Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure ENS. CNRS UMR8197. Inserm U1024, Paris, France

Dr. Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis, Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Patricia Gaspar, Research Director, French Institute of Health and Medical Research | INSERM, Fer à Moulin Institute, Paris, France

Dr. Stephen Harrison, Harvard Medical School Department of Biological Chemistry, Boston, USA

Dr. Edith Heard, Director EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

Dr. Carl-Henrik Heldin, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweeden

Dr. Tomas Kirchhausen, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA

Dr. Daniel Louvard, Director of the Research Division, Institut Curie, The Academy of Europe, Paris, France

Dr. Arthur Scherf, Head, Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Dr. Miltos Tsiantis, Director, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

Former Members of SAC:

Michel Ashburner, Stratis Avrameas, Francis Collins, Guy Cornellis, Roger Craig, Jan Drenth, Walter Gehring, Frank Grosveld, Jules Hoffman, Roger Hull, Herbert Jaeckle, Fotis Kafatos, Elliot Meyerowitz, Cristoph Muller, Stelios Papadopoulos, Nadia Rosentahl, Matti Saraste, Walter Shaffner, Gottfried Schatz, Jeff Schell, Arthur Scherf, Ed Southern, Kevin Struhl, Dimitris Tsernoglou, Philip Tsichlis, Marc Montagou, Horst Vogel.