Irset is a joint research unit of the Inserm institute, Rennes 1 University and the EHESP - School of Public Health, in partnership with the Universities of Angers and the French Antilles, the CNRS, and the Teaching Hospitals of Rennes, Angers and Pointe-à-Pitre.
Its mission is to study the biological processes and the environmental factors (whether chemical, biological, physical, social and cultural, occupational, geographical or economic) that affect human health, and to help public health authorities make informed decisions on the basis of scientific data. Irset's director is Mr Bernard Jégou (DRCE Inserm and EHESP Dean for Research).
The Institute was founded in 2009 and accredited by Inserm in 2012. It was assessed by the HCERES (High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education) in 2016.
Irset includes some 300 research staff working in two divisions: Research and Research Support. The Research division comprises 10 officially-accredited research units, including 1 Avenir-Inserm team, 1 emerging team and 2 certified R&D platforms. Staff includes:
- 28 researchers, 75 teaching-researchers, 35 hospital practitioners, and 62 qualified research supervisors (HDR),
- 1 Paris-Sorbonne University Chair of Excellence,
- 10 post-doctoral positions and 49 PhD students,
- 127 technical and administrative staff (24 ITA Inserm, 35 Biatss UR1, 56 IPT Leres/EHESP, and 12 Biatss Univ. Angers)
(Data at 15 January 2018)
The Irset research teams all work towards a common goal, which is to better understand the biological processes and environmental factors that affect human health and to study the related pathologies. They work in a number of complementary areas such as molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, analytical chemistry, toxicology and epidemiology.