Website managers


Dr Clémence Gatti












Born in 1981, Clémence left the island of Tahiti where she grew up to continue her university studies in Bordeaux, France. In 2005, she has been given the opportunity to carry out a research thesis in physiopathology, on neurological damage associated with marine biotoxins intoxications, in French Polynesia. Upon the completion of her doctorate, she joined for two years, Louis Malardé Institute’s (ILM) Laboratory of Non-Communicable Diseases, where she addresses obesity issues in adolescents, impact of the food transition, methylmercury contaminations and population studies. She takes this opportunity to enter for a 6 months period, the laboratories of Pr. Eric Dewailly, from the Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (Canada), and educates herself in Epidemiology at Université Laval, Quebec city. In 2012, considering her experience that combined knowledge on ichtyosarcotoxism and on food transitions issues at the same time, Dr. Mireille CHINAIN, head of the Laboratory of Toxic Microalgae (LMT) of ILM, offered her to join her team for a 2 year period as part of projects related to these two themes. In 2014, Clémence permanently joined the LMT unit as a Research Officer, in order to strengthen / develop biomedical research and health monitoring related to ciguatera.

Clémence is behind the design of this website. She manages its information, as well as its different database, those from the reporting map and those from the ciguatera case report forms.

She is your main interlocutor.



Dr Mireille Chinain

Head of Unit                         












Mireille Chinain (Dr. Sc., HDR) pursued her studies with a focus in biology at the University of Bordeaux I, and at the University of Montpellier II, where she earned a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Science and Technology of Languedoc. Back in French Polynesia, she joined, in 1990, ILM’s Unit of Medical Oceanography, which was already specialized in the field of ciguatera for twenty years. She is now working on the development of in vitro cultures of the causative agent of ciguatera, Gambierdiscus dinoflagellate. She is behind the establishment of a unique micro-algae bank rich of several highly toxic strains, which are currently used for mass production of ciguatoxin (CTXS). Thanks to the efforts made in the last decades, her laboratory has now a unique bank of purified CTXS.

In 2000, Mireille was appointed Head of the unit, which was renamed the Laboratory of Toxic Micro-algae (LMT), there she manages all research programs related to ciguatéra. Research conducted at LMT are focused on the eco-toxicology and taxonomy of Gambierdiscus, and on the development of different methods of toxins detection. Mireille is also managing the field monitoring and lagoons risk management programs of French Polynesia and the Pacific Region Since 2007, she is also in charge of epidemiological surveillance of marine biotoxins intoxications, in collaboration with the French Polynesia’s Bureau of Health Surveillance.

Her work has been repeatedly acknowledged and rewarded by national and international awards including the Prix Trégouboff Award 2005 in Marine Biology (Academy of Sciences of Paris, France), the Albert Sézary Award 2006 (National Academy of Medicine, Paris, France), and the Tyge Christensen Award 2010 (International Phycological Society).




         Technical design


Nicolas Ponzo

GIS mapping










GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Project Manager at PAE TAI PAE UTA, Nicolas undergone his training as a geographer at the University of French Polynesia. He then left for France, where he obtained his Master degree in Environment-landscape, during which he focused in GIS and then specialized via a Master degree (Teledetection GIS) teached by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (Engref and AgroParisTech). He thus participates in the development of GIS (agricultural, municipal, hydrolic...), of environmental studies (Geolocation of Testudo hermanni, of alert system (locust control, collision of marine mammals...) and of management topics (Habitat, GMP…).     

In 2010, he was appointed Head of GIS at the Statistical Institute of French Polynesia (ISPF) and initiates the ‘by GPS "to construct" census’, and then produced the collection mapping of the general population census in close collaboration with INSEE. In 2012, he joined PAE TAI PAE UTA where he was entrusted with the development of a new industry sector, the Webmapping (or interactive mapping on the Internet).

His professional background has for a common denominator the use of GIS (office equipment, nomadic/mobile and web) for an integrated management of territory thematic areas.

Sensitized to the ciguatera issue from the beginning, he is the technical lead of our website development (configuration of the server, the geographic database), he programmed the mapping interfaces as well as the case report forms.



Sevrain Hiribarren

Chief executive


 Established since 2011, Fenua Geeks, represented by its manager Béryl Sevrain Hiribarren, is an experienced and dynamic company whose expertise lies in the knowledge and mastery of new technologies.

Béryl is on the lookout for all improvements in cutting-edge technologies, this in order to offer services able to appropriately apply to the needs of Polynesian societies.

Its business activity could be summarized as a solid customer support, tailored, to the use of ICT in order to improve the general business operations performances.



      Our medical adviser


Dr Erwan Oehler

Medical referent





Born in Brittany in 1977, Erwan undertook several medecine internships at the hospital of Tahiti in 2005, where he discovered ciguatera fish poisoning, this intoxication by tropical fish, hardly known in France. Quickly interested by this disease, he chose this subject for his thesis of general medecine and for his master's dissertation in tropical medicine. At the end of his studies, he returned to Tahiti. Since 2010, he works in the internal and general medecine unit of the Hospital of French Polynesia, where he has the opportunity to take care of patients hospitalized for ciguatera. It is in contact with young French interns, who discover like him a few years before this enigmatic subject, that he had the chance to supervise several research thesis on patients hospitalized for ciguatera. He also published in several scientific journals and took part in the realization of poster presentations about ciguatera.In 2014, Dr. Clémence Gatti, with whom he already collaborated in the past during her thesis, offered him to join her, to take part in the 'Enigm-ciguatéra' survey aiming to study the chronic forms of this poisoning. Lastly, due to his expertise in medical management of ciguatera cases, Erwan was appealed to become the medical adviser of the ciguatera-online website.




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