Pierre Corvol Experimental Medicine (1989-2012)



Medical doctor with an advanced degree in biochemistry

Intern at the Hôpitaux de Paris (1964), International Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, United States (1969), Specialist Registrar (1971), Associate Professor at Broussais-Hôtel Dieu Medical School (1976), Chief of Arterial Hypertension at Hôpital Broussais (1986) and resident at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou until August 2007

At the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), he managed the vascular pathology and renal endocrinology unit from 1983 to 2006 (INSERM 36) and also headed one of the three physiological and pathological angiogenesis teams (INSERM U833). He is Director of the Biological Research Institute at Collège de France (IFR 52).

Professor of Experimental Medicine at Collège de France since 1989

Trustee of Collège de France since September 2006

Scientific bodies

Pierre Corvol was a member of the INSERM’s Collège de Direction Scientifique (CODIS) from 1985 to 1996. He was also an advisor to the head of development of clinical research and the creation of the Clinical Studies Centers (1988-1996), and Chairman of the Scientific Council (1999-2003). He was Chairman of the Scientific Council at Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris from 2003 to 2006.

Scientific achievements

Active in both research and clinical studies, Pierre Corvol is specialized in the renin-angiotensin system (RAS). He established the critical role played by the RAS in regulating blood pressure. His work led to the use of renin system inhibitors to treat cardiovascular disease. Today, his research focuses on genetic causes of hypertension, angiogenesis and the modeling of the arterial wall during the development phase and in cases of human pathology.

Learned societies

President of the French Hypertension Society of Hypertension (1990-1992)
Member of the European Society of Hypertension, the American Endocrine Society, the International Society of Hypertension and the Council for High Blood Pressure Research


Member of the French Academy of Sciences (1995)
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995)

Prizes - Awards

Grand Prix Claude Bernard and Grand Prix Scientifique de la Ville de Paris
Ciba Award for Hypertension Research
Humboldt Award
Robert Tigerstedt Award
Grand Prix INSERM for Medical Research 2006


Commander of France’s Légion d'Honneur and Commander of the National Order of Merit
Doctor Honoris Causa, Semmelweis University, 2012