INCLIVA is a health research institute in Spain, included in the framework of centres of scientific excellence promoted by the Spanish Government, and accredited by the National Health Institute Carlos III as an Institute of Research in Health Sciences.
INCLIVA is the institution managing the research in the area of Health carried out from the School of Medicine of the University of Valencia, the IGENOMIX Foundation devoted to the reproductive genetics, and the University Clinic Hospital that includes a health department providing healthcare to the 350.000 inhabitants.
The Institute is organized around four priority areas of research (cardiovascular, oncology, metabolism and organic damage and reproductive medicine) and seven transversal programmes, including the Ageing and Associated Diseases Programme in which the Ageing and Physical Exercise Research Group, coordinated by Prof. José Viña, is framed.
Our group originally started over forty years ago. A major founding milestone was the postgraduate study of Dr. Jose Viña with the late Sir Hans Krebs at the University of Oxford. This has led the whole Group to a “metabolic-oriented approach to problems”. Upon his return to Spain, Dr. Viña started a small group in the University of Valencia that has been working on and off, for the last thirty-five years. FRESHAGE (Age and Exercise Research Group) is a highly multidisciplinary team with great international experience, that addresses new challenges to improve the health of the elderly population in terms of independence and functional autonomy.
Our major aim now is identifying longevity-related genes, finding ways of upregulating these genes by physiological, nutritional, and pharmacological intervention, and determining how to promote healthy aging.