Overview and Missions

Irset is one of the largest inter- and multi-disciplinary European research centres on environmental and occupational health.

Le bâtiment de recherche de l'Irset
  1. About Irset
  2. Irset in Figures
  3. A Wide Range of Research Topics
  4. A New Dedicated Research Building
  5. Partners
  6. Rennes, a Nice City to Work and Live in

About Irset

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).

Irset in Figures

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, and 2 certified R&D platforms. Staff includes:
- 28 researchers, 75 teaching-researchers, 35 hospital practitioners, and 60 qualified research supervisors (HDR),
- 1 Paris-Sorbonne University Chair of Excellence,
- 10 post-doctoral positions and 40 PhD students,
- 127 technical and administrative staff (24 ITA Inserm, 35 Biatss UR1, 56 IPT Leres/EHESP, and 12 Biatss Univ. Angers)
(Data as of 15 January 2018)

A Wide Range of Research Topics

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.

A New Dedicated Research Building

In February 2016, some of the Irset research teams took over the new research premises built on the campus of EHESP - School of Public Health, within the perimeter of the Rennes Health Campus. This means that the Institute's teams are now located within easy distance of each other instead of being spread over two different campuses across the city, as they previously were. It also favours a better organisation of the biology/health and public health sectors in Rennes. An extension is expected in a few years time, with a total surface area of 11,000 m2. This will be able to house all the Rennes-based research teams, with over 300 staff in total.




Les tutelles et les partenaires de l'Irset

Irset's supervising institutions and partners
Irset comes under three different institutions: the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm), Rennes 1 University and the Ecole des hautes études en santé publique (EHESP).
Angers University, l'the University of the French Antilles, the CNRS, the Rennes Teaching Hospital, the Angers Teaching Hospital and the Pointe-à-Pitre Teaching Hospital are its main partners.

Rennes, a Nice City to Work and Live in

The Institute is located in Rennes, Brittany's capital city, which also hosts the Universities of Rennes 1 and Rennes 2, the EHESP - School of Public Health, and many elite engineering schools. The city is well-known, both for its dynamic scientific research environment and for its lively arts and culture scene. It is a major transport hub, with a high-speed train link to Paris (1h25) and flights to all major European cities from Rennes Saint-Jacques international airport (2-3h).