Dr. Francine Behar-Cohen  is currently a full Professor at the Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris. She is director of the ‘Physiopathology of ocular diseases: Therapeutic innovations’ team at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in the Cordeliers Research Center in Paris.

Previously Chief of the ophthalmology unit and Medical Director at the Jules-Gonin hospital in Lausanne, she has also served as professor and staff ophthalmologist at the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris.  A retinologist, Dr. Behar-Cohen received her M.D. and a Ph.D. in cellular biology from the Paris-Descartes University and did her internship in Paris hospitals and her residency in vitreoretinal surgery at the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris. In 2001, Dr. Behar-Cohen headed an Avenir team at France’s national institute of health and medical research (INSERM,) and in 2003 she founded INSERM Unit 598, dedicated to the physiopathology of eye diseases and therapeutic innovations. In 2008, this unit became the Cordelier Research Center. Dr. Behar-Cohen has been researching ocular drug delivery systems and pharmacology for more than ten years. She is also investigating intraocular inflammation and the role of inflammation in retinal pathologies previously considered noninflammatory—including ADM and diabetic retinopathy. She is the author of more than 110 publications and about a dozen books or book chapters.