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IRCCS, Istituto Nazionale Di Riposo E Cura Per Anziani Vittorio Emanuele II (I.N.R.C.A.)

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IRCCS, Istituto Nazionale Di Riposo E Cura Per Anziani Vittorio Emanuele II (I.N.R.C.A.)Research Funder/Centre

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The Institute operates in the sector of population ageing. The gerontological and geriatric problems of the third age are being met scientifically through clinical, epidemiological and socio-economical studies which enhance the caregiving activities carried out in the various centres of the Institute: Ancona, Appignano (MC), Cagliari, Casatenovo (CO), Cosenza, Fermo (AP), Florence, Genoa, Rome. The Institute was founded in 1844. On 24th November of that year a Poor People's Home was opened in Ancona by the Assembly of Merchants and Artisans. In the following years the Home was incorporated in the Charitable Congregation, later changed to a Municipal Board of Care. The Home regained its independent management in 1938. The events which shaped the present Institute began in 1955. In 1961, following the D.P.R. (Presidential Decree) of 26/08/1961, the Poor People's Home in Ancona was named the Vittorio Emanuele II Institute for the Rest and Care of the Elderly - IRCA, which in 1963 became the National Institute for the Resta and Care of the Elderly - INRCA. Considering the results obtained in the field of gerontological studies and application, the Ministry of Health in 1968, together with the Ministry of Public Education, acknowledged the title of Research Institute to INRCA with a decree of 26/06/1968.


Research carried out by the Institute aims at improving the quality of life of the elderly population and can be divided into three different sectors which are interconnected: - Baseline research (Gerontological Department); - Applied clinical research (Geriatric Hospitals); - Socio-economical research (Socio-Economic Department). The Institute's assistant services and the research activities are carried out in full respect of the personality and rights of the care-receivers and of the national and regional programme policies regarding this field. The Institute's activities are carried out in an interdisciplinary way, by integrating applied and baseline research, with great attention given to the connection between hospitalization and treatment, and scientific research. With respect for its institutional autonomy and in compliance with the laws in force, the Institute widely collaborates with other institutions, both at a national and international level, with particular attention paid to the diffusion of research and acquired understanding. It also promotes medical education and the training and updating of scientific and technical staff.

Main research areas

The I.N.R.C.A. main programme’s key aims are to study epidemiology, prevention and care of age-related pathologies and disability and to propose, apply, test and verify the efficacy of new models of management and assistance. Particularly, diseases as Alzheimer, diabetes, atherosclerosis, cancer are studied. Also research on social and psychological aspects is carried out either independently or with a multidisciplinary approach. The most important research projects are nowadays included into the following main lines: -Prevention and care of disability and geriatric management; -Geriatric oncology; -Aging and longevity: biological, -Genetics-functional and environmental determinants of longevity and senescence; -Aging and age related pathologies: biological, neuro-endocrino-immunological, genetics-functional and environmental determinants of the age-related pathologies and disability; -Atherosclerosis and cardiovascular complications; -Aging and drug; -Social , economic and psychological research on ageing; -Nutrition and Ageing.


Scientific Director: Prof. Claudio Franceschi


Via S.Margherita
5 â€" 60124AnconaItaly


Tel (0039) 071 8001

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