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Targeted Programme on Ageing (Progetto finalizzato invecchiamento)

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Targeted Programme on Ageing (Progetto finalizzato invecchiamento)Research Programme


Programme type

Research programme

Programme status


Total number of funded projects


Summary of key aims

The Targeted Programme on Ageing (Progetto Finalizzato Invecchiamento) was approved by the Committee of Ministers for Economic Planning, a sign of the social and political impact that the growing proportion of older persons in the population has on the life of nations. It involved a vast number of both basic and clinical investigators in the CNR laboratories and research groups in the Universities together with the collaboration of local and regional authorities as well as important contributions from the private sector.
Age associated changes in physiological and social functions as well as the occurrence of diseases in these older italians has been documented under the rubric of five subproject areas: 1. Gerontobiology; 2. Longitudinal study on ageing; 3. Ageing and endocrine-metabolic diseases: pathogenesis; 4. Ageing of the sensory sustem and cognitive processes; 5. The ageing population: quality of the life and independence. This farsighted programme of research into the life patterns of the older people of Italy involved 213 research units. Most of these are based in the Universities, with important contributions from the National Research Council's own laboratories and investigators in other research institutions. The core component of the programme was the Italian Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ILSA). Some of the funded projects of this programme, after its deadline, received further financial supports even from different funded bodies (for example ILSA by ISS, nearby 20 projects by CNR).

Management contact

Professor Luigi Amaducci †

Admin contact

CNR, Piazzale Aldo Moro, Rome

Scientific contact

Prof.s M. Brunori, G.Rotilio(subproject1), Prof G.

Funding contact

Ms Maria Zanzara; Dr Giovina Mazzei
0039 06 49937412
CNR, Piazzale Aldo Moro, Rome

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

Two experts nominated by the scientific director

What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

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