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The CRC’s activity is dedicated to the study of the body’s major functions as well as the disturbances implicated in the genesis and progression of disease. Created under the joint supervision of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris Descartes University, the CRC brings together four hundred people in sixteen research teams. These teams are organized in two departments, namely "Physiology and Pathophysiology" and "Cancer, immunology, immunopathology".

The centre’s research is supported by a large animal research facility as well as a state-of-the-art imaging and cytometry center. With the benefit of numerous faculty members also having a clinical background, the CRC has the capacity to conduct intense translational research in collaboration with the major Parisian hospitals. Currently with more than 120 PhD students and post-docs, the CRC continues the tradition of higher education that had been initiated at the same site in the 13th century by the monks of The Convent of the Cordeliers. From 1794, The School of Medicine had been established after the french revolution, and to this day, the prestigious tradition as a centre for education and research is maintained.

Tradition and modernity co-exist in this centre, the advanced laboratories situated in venerable buildings make the CRC a unique site in one of the most beautiful areas of Paris, close to the Sorbonne, the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Germain des Prés. Welcome to the Cordeliers!

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