The National Institute on Health and Science on Ageing - INRCA (www.inrca.it) is the only institute specifically focused on geriatric and gerontological topics in Italy. This peculiar position allows INRCA to carry out high-quality clinical and translational research in biomedical and health care services areas, as well as to provide evidence and recommendations to private and public institutions concerning the socio-economic impact of ageing.
- 4 research hospitals based in 3 different regions in Italy (Marche, Lombardia, Calabria)
- an Alzheimer day centre and a nursing home (Marche)
- a scientific and technological area dedicated to basic and applied research
- On the whole 1100 employees: more than 80 physicians and care professionals, actively contributing to the clinical and epidemiological research; 22 full time researchers (mainly involved in biogerontology studies and socio-economic research)
INRCA’s mission is twofold: to provide health and long-term care to older people; to carry out applied and theoretical research on longevity and ageing related issues.
Areas of interest:
- Biogerontology: determinants of aging, longevity and age-associated diseases;
- Clinical and epidemiological research: focus on geriatric diseases and syndromes;
- Technical and social innovations for ageing populations: information and communication technologies (ICTs) supporting older people in need and their family carers, outdoor mobility and independent living;
- Economic and social research: quality and costs of health, active ageing, social and long-term care.