The Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin (CVV) was named after the physicians Rudolf Virchow and Louis-René Villermé, scientists who in the nineteenth century already understood the significance of public health for society as a whole. It is in this tradition that CVV is now tackling the challenges posed by current and future global and public health issues.
CVV was established on April 15th, 2013, at the initiative of the 14th French German Council of Ministers with a view to promoting advances in the public health sector by bundling together all the required competences. Several years of close cooperation between the Faculty of Medicine of Université Paris Descartes and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are the basis for this joint undertaking.
CVV’s founding was first announced to the public at a joint colloquium of the French Academy of Science and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, which was held in the context of ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty in January 2013.
Under the patronage of the German and the French governments, the Centre Virchow-Villermé seeks to bring about sustainable improvements in the public health sector through research, education and expertise.