Istituto nazionale ricovero e cura anziani (INRCA)
INRCA is the leading Italian public Institute (with 1076 employees) in gerontology and geriatrics, devoted to improve the quality of life of older persons, through different centres in Italy, comprising geriatric hospitals, an Alzheimer cure centre, a RSM-R and a scientific-technological area. Basic and applied research is developed by interdisciplinary work in the bio-medical, clinical and social sectors.
The objectives of the Institute are focused on successful ageing and the promotion of health of the older person and prevention. Social gerontology is one of the most important research fields, developed in both national and international sphere, cooperating with universities and other research institutes.
Currently, there are four lines of research: (1) Biogerontology: cellular determinants, molecular and genetic aging, longevity and age-associated diseases; (2) Prevention and treatment of frailty: management of geriatric diseases and syndromes; (3) Aging and Medicines and (4) Multidimensional assessment and continuity of care. Great
emphasis is given to technological innovation, promoting telemedicine and acceptance of technology by older people.
Thanks to the involvement in many European projects, INRCA has also established a large network of longstanding contacts with older people’s and users’ organisations, both at Italian as well as at European level, which have proven very useful in supporting research activity and dissemination thereafter.
Competences and role in the project. INRCA will be responsible for project management, user testing in Italy; Ethics and test protocol definition; Data analysis and management; Administrative issues.