To contribute to medical research: one of the Academy’s missions

In a rapidly changing world, the National Academy of Medicine remains a scientific center of excellence that contributes to medical research through the legacies and donations it receives.

If traditionally the role of the National Academy of Medicine consists in advising the government in matters of public health, that of taking care of all the objects of study and research which can contribute to the progress of the art of healing is all as fundamental. It is in this context that the National Academy of Medicine has been empowered since its inception to receive and manage legacies and donations in order to encourage medical research.

Although numerous legacies and donations have enabled the National Academy of Medicine to contribute to fulfilling this mission, the proliferation of organizations and associations fighting against targeted pathologies has diverted legatees and donors to other institutions in recent decades.

But it is clear that the long-term management of legacies and donations by the National Academy of Medicine still allows today to finance prizes to encourage researchers, thanks to legacies and very old donations. In addition, the broad scope of intervention of the National Academy of Medicine allows legatees and donors to make their wishes known to encourage research in the fields they have chosen.

Furthermore, the status of the National Academy of Medicine, as an autonomous public law person, placed directly under the protection of the President of the Republic and whose finances are subject to control by the Court of Auditors, is an additional guarantee of good management of funds.

Finally, bequests and donations made to the National Academy of Medicine, as an organization of general interest, are not taxed in the context of inheritances on the one hand, and benefit from the same tax reductions as foundations, on the other hand.