The Centre 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 the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin is now tackling the challenges posed by current and future global and public health issues.
The Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin was established on April 15th, 2013, at the initiative of the 14th French 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 Paris Descartes University and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are the basis for this joint undertaking.
The Centre’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 context of ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty in January of 2013.