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INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale was created in 1964. It is a public funded institution under the control of the Ministère de la Santé and the Ministère de la Recherche. INSERM is the only French institution uniquely devoted to researching human health. Researchers are involved in all aspects of research concerned with disease as well as biological and medical research on populations. The National institute for health and medical research (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale: INSERM) and the French national centre for scientific research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique: CNRS) are the most important institutions carrying out research into ageing. With a few rare exceptions, CNRS researchers on ageing work in university laboratories whereas INSERM's researchers tend to be grouped into specialized teams. INSERM comprises 360 units and research teams, of which 80% are situated within universities and hospitals. The majority of staff within INSERM belong to one of 63 associated institutes of research (Instituts fédératifs de recherche) within the social sciences. These institutes are grouped around common research objectives, with laboratories from different research settings within universities and hospitals. One dedicated to ageing - Research network on health, ageing and society - was launched in 1994 for four years and renewed in 1999 but it was not extended in 2004. INSERM in figures: • 360 laboratories • 24 centres of clinical investigation (CIC) • 13000 staff, of whom 6500 are direct INSERM employees. Ageing constitutes an important axis of the researches implemented in INSERM : In 2004, the total amount of direct resources committed by INSERM to the field of ageing was close to 14 million euros, representing 4.5% of its total budget for 2004. This includes 2.6 million in operating costs and nearly 11 million in salaries for INSERM staff dedicated to this field, corresponding to about 200 researchers, engineers and technicians.


The aims of INSERM are to facilitate cooperation between : -Basic research, defined by the pursuit of knowledge, with the objective of making discoveries which are not known in advance -Clinical research with patients -Therapeutic and diagnostic research -Research on public health issues, notably which contribute to a better understanding of health mechanisms among diverse groups of populations To obtain these objective, INSERM works in partnership with other institutions in the public and private research fields as well as with hospitals and a lot of research teams are working in the same time for INSERM and CNRS.

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In 2002, a Concerted thematic action (call) was launched by INSERM, and dedicated to ageing in four priority fields: - Biology of normal and pathological ageing - Development of measurements of functional capacity - Analysis of data relating to advanced age - Preventing the vulnerability of the aged


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