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The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a publicly-funded research organization that defines its mission as producing knowledge and making it available to society. CNRS has 26,000 employees (among which 11,600 researchers and 14,400 engineers and technical and administrative staff). Its amounts to 2.214 billion euros for the year 2004. The 1,260 CNRS service and research units are spread throughout the country and cover all fields of research. The French National Center for Scientific Research dedicated to the field of ageing a budget estimated at 10,7 million euro (which decompose into 2,2 for operating costs and 8,5 for the salaries of the staffs) what represented 1,6 % of the budget of the department of life sciences in 2004.


The French national centre for scientific research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique: CNRS) and the National institute for health and medical research (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale: INSERM) are the most important institutions carrying out research into ageing. With a few rare exceptions, CNRS researchers in ageing work in university laboratories. INSERM's researchers tend to be grouped into specialized teams.

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CNRS strives to develop collaboration between specialists from different fields of expertise. These interdisciplinary programs and actions offer a gateway into new domains of scientific investigation and enable CNRS to address the needs of society and industry. Some examples of these new fields are: interactions between physics and chemistry of living forms, materials, biotechnologies, environment, urban matters, health, telecommunications and communication. Enclosed you will find the list of the laboratories working on ageing dedicated only to life sciences (SDV). This list shows all the scientific disciplines which are involved. Other teams in social sciences are also working on ageing.


Emmanuelle Wollman


CNRS - Département des Sciences de la Vie

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