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Areas of excellence

Alfort’s scientific policy aims to:

  • Focus its research resources on three “areas of excellence”
  • Structure its research teams by forming partnerships
  • Offer high-performance onsite resources

Infectious animal diseases and human health

Manipulation sous hotte à flux laminaire. Crédit photo Bruno Allouche -

The study of infectious diseases is a subject of major importance and consists in studying the biology and the transmission pathways of viruses, bacteria and parasites which are present in animals and foodstuffs of animal origin that are potentially transmissible to humans. We aim to develop tools to simulate and to control the risk of infection.

Physiology and pathophysiology in animal models

This axis of research covers the analysis of the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating living organisms; in the healthy animal - physiology and in the unhealthy animal - physiopathology. This can include pharmacological trials which help us understand the mechanisms of action of potential treatments. Within the School, these mechanisms are also studied during embryonic development in order to assess their impact on postnatal development.

Clinical research

coupe histologique de rétine de rat

Using the large numbers of clinical cases which are treated at the school, Alfort places great importance upon clinical research concerning spontaneous diseases. The goals of this type of research are to improve the understanding of animal diseases and to enable the findings of veterinary medicine benefit human medicine by means of comparative pathology. These studies are conducted in strict compliance of the ethics governing both animal welfare and owner information.


Research at Alfort is organised in three types of structure:

  • Mixed Research Units co-supervised with the INRA, the INSERM, the ANSES and the UPEC (Université Paris Est - Créteil);
  • Contracted Units with the INRA or the ANSES.
  • Alfort Research Units


Alfort offers its Research Units different types of technical support:

  • a Biomedical Research Centre (Centre de Recherche Biomédicales - CRBM)
  • an Analysis Laboratory (Laboratoires d’Analyse - CAAST)
  • an Immunology Platform
  • a Molecular Biology Platform
  • an Animal Research Institute (Institute de Recherche Clinique Animale)