Coordinating Center for Rare Diseases, Udine University Hospital, Udine, Italy
Jean-Michel Heard, MD, PhD
Udine University Hospital, Udine, Italy
Dr Heard earned his medical degree and doctorate at Sorbonne University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris.
He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology and gene expression at the Institut Pasteur and St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
He was research director at INSERM and Institut Pasteur, director of the neuroscience department of the Institut Pasteur, and member of the Institut Pasteur scientific board. Since 2011, he was the director of the Biology and Medicine departments of the Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR) and of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
Dr Heard has expertise in neurology, neuroscience and molecular virology, and very early became interested in gene therapy, especially for the treatment of central nervous system disorders associated with lysosomal storage diseases. He published more than 130 peer-review articles and recently showed that gene therapy can improve cognitive development in children with Sanfilippo syndrome.