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Leipnitz Institute for Age Research - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI)Research Funder/Centre

Type of institution

Research centre


Leibnitz-Institut für Altersforschung:


The FLI is a member of the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.) and its basic budget is supported jointly by Thuringia and by the Federal Government.


The overall goal at the FLI is the dissection of mechanisms of decisive processes, in particular pathological processes which lead to consequences for health and healthy ageing. Human ageing is a multifactorial process controlled by both environmental and genetic factors. The mission of FLI is to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie the ageing process and that lead to age-related diseases. The hope is that eventually this knowledge can contribute to a more healthy ageing of people. The central question the institute is aiming at answering is «What are the mechanisms that induce senescence or that cause the development of diseases related to age?».

Main research areas

Research activities at the FLI can be differentiated by two programmes which are closely interlinked: 'Mechanism of Ageing and Senescence' and 'Age-associated Diseases'. Both programmes share a high degree of overlap in the thematic interests and methodological approaches, and they are jointly pursued by most FLI research laboratories. All research activities profit from various 'Support Technologies'.

Research disciplines

Basic natural sciences,Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing


Scientific Director and Speaker Peter Herrlich


Beutenbergstraße 11
D-07745 Jena






pherrlich at

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