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Title : Directeur de Recherches
Address : 4 place Jussieu, CC 173, 75252 Paris cedex 05
Phone : +33 (0) 1 44 27 62 15
Email : roby-brami(at)

MD, PhD, Research director (INSERM).


1971, 1976 Medical studies, University Paris VI, Paris, France.

1977-1982, Internship in various Paris Hospitals (IHP), including general medicine, neurology, clinical neurophysiology and neurological rehabilitation.

MD obtained in November 1982 (University Paris V).


1991, University Paris VI, Paris, France.

2000, University habilitation.


Profesional status:

1983: Research assistant INSERM (National Institute of Health and Medical Research

2004: INSERM Research Director


1983–1992: Neurological Motor Disability and Development lab. (C. Tardieu, Garches).

1992–2000: Direction of a research team in the laboratory directed by Y. Burnod (cerebral plasticity and adaptation of visual and motor function).

2001–2011 : Neurophysics and physiology lab (D. Zytnicki, then C. Meunier).

2012- ISIR (dir P. Bidaud), AGATHE team (dir G. Morel).


Physician counselor:

1983 – current: physical medicine and rehabilitation department Raymond Poincaré hospital, Garches.

2012- current physical medicine and rehabilitation department Cochin.

Current research interests :

Human motor control, rehabilitation robotics, handicap, mechanisms of recovery and compensation of prehension after stroke or spinal injury, shoulder kinematics, tool use.


Main memberships :

Membre du Management Committee du réseau COST Robotics for Neurorehabilitation (ESF).

2000-2010 Committee of the French Network on Research on Disability (IFR 25).

2007-current. French Network for Health technology (GDR Stic Santé).

2008-2011 ONFRIH (National observatory for the research on disability).

2007-2012: INSERM committee CSS3

2011-European Network on Robotics for NeuroRehabilitation (COST-ESF). Directed by Thierry Keller and Duncan Turner.


Main Projects and funding :

2007-2010 European project Hand To Mouth (NEST)

2007-2010 French ANR Project (PSIROB) on rehabilitation robotics.

2003-2006: PHRC AP-HP program (Clinical Research Program of Paris Hospitals): with Y. Rossetti “Understand and decrease motor handicap ”

2000-2002 : INSERM-FRSQ cooperative grant with M. LEVIN (Université de Montréal).

2000-2001: National grant in cognitive science (Praxis and Apraxia).

1990-current : Various grants for doctoral students obtained from FRM (Fundation for Medical Research), AFM (French Muscular Dystrophy association), Institut Garches.

1998-2002 : Participation to a French research group coordinated by V. Roux (CNRS) and funded by the national agency CNRS “Acquisition of motor skills in hominids”.

1999-2001 : Participation as team leader to an European BIOMED-CRAFT project in assistive robotics (COMMANUS).

1995-2000 : Participation in two projects respectively directed by E. Pierrot-Deseilligny and B. Bussel, funded by PHRC AP-HP (Clinical Research Program of Paris Hospitals): “Recovery of motor function after a cortico-spinal lesion” (1995-1999) and “Analysis of motor recovery after stroke by functional MRI”.

1998-1999 : Coordination of a project funded by AFM (French Muscular Dystrophy Association). “Motor disability and adaptation of man-machine interaction”

1993-1996 : Coordination of a French project "Sensorimotor learning and assistive aids” funded by the CNAMTS (National Health Insurance).