History of the Institute

Located in Picardy, near the battlefields of the Great War, the Faire Faces Institute, created in 2009 following the first face transplant performed in 2005 by Professor Devauchelle, is dedicated to the development of a unique project: the creation of the first Study and Research Center dedicated to disfigurement.

The Institute focuses on 3 priority areas: research, training and teaching. Since 2009, it has been developing its research and information activities under the authority of Professors Bernard Devauchelle and Sylvie Testelin, in association with numerous teams from the Amiens Picardy University Hospital, the University of Picardy Jules Verne, the Technological University of Compiègne, the CEA, the Catholic University of Louvain, as well as the European Association of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery and many other partners around the world.

In 2022, a new building, dedicated to the Institute’s mission, opened its doors on the Amiens Picardie University Hospital complex: it offers, within an original architectural structure, research and teaching premises concentrating a multidisciplinary group.



Realization of the 1st face transplant in the world by Pr Devauchelle’s team on Isabelle Dinoire, a patient who was disfigured by her dog


Creation of the Institut Faire Faces, non-profit association Loi 1901.


Winner of the first wave of the EQUIPEX – LABEX, Programme d’investissement d’Avenir (investment program for the future); up to 10.5 million, for the acquisition of equipment of excellence.


Creation of a University Hospital Federation: FHU Surfaces.


Organisation du congrès ADT (Advanced Digital Technology in Head and Neck reconstruction)


Labeling of the Chimère host team (EA 7516), a team of 50 researchers, the permanent base of the IFF.


Construction of the Institute’s building begins.


Inauguration ceremony of the Institute’s new building.

Corporate Governance.

The Association Institut Faire Faces, an association under the 1901 law, was founded in 2005 by Professor Devauchelle and Professor Testelin, authors of the first face transplant.

The Institut Faire Faces has initiated a procedure to transform its legal status into a Foundation for Scientific Cooperation, whose 10 founding members are :

Université Picardie Jules Verne
Université de technologie de Compiègne
CEA List (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique)

Governmental organizations
La Région Hauts de France

University Hospital
CHU Amiens Picardie

Private company
Laboratoires Brothier

Professional associations
La Société française de Stomatologie Chirurgie maxillo-faciale et chirurgie orale
L’Association française des chirurgiens de la face
L’Institut Faire Faces