Claude Bernard University Lyon 1

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Claude Bernard University
Lyon 1
Université Claude-Bernard Lyon 1
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Endowment€421 M (2016)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
AffiliationsUniversity of Lyon

Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 (French: Université Claude-Bernard Lyon 1, UCBL), is one of the three public universities of Lyon, France. It is named after the French physiologist Claude Bernard and specialises in science and technology, medicine, and sports science. It was established in 1971 by the merger of the "faculté des sciences de Lyon" with the "faculté de médecine".

The main administrative, teaching and research facilities are located in Villeurbanne, with other campuses located in Gerland, Rockefeller, and Laennec in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon. Attached to the University are the Hospices Civils de Lyon, including the "Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud", which is the largest teaching hospital in the Rhône-Alpes region and the second-largest in France.[citation needed]

Of the 2630 faculty, 700 are medical practitioners at local teaching hospitals. The university has been independent since January 2009 and has an annual budget of over €420 million.


On 17 March 1808, Napoleon I founded the University of France, a national organisation with responsibility for formal education from primary through to university level. This decree created the Academy of Lyon within the University and established the Lyon Faculty of Science.[1] The Lyon Faculty of Medicine was founded on 8 November 1874 and was later merged with the Faculty of Science on 8 December 1970 to create Claude Bernard University.[2]

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Natural science[edit]

Public health[edit]


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  • Nataly Mermet, Équation : 40 ans d'innovation à l'Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Glénat, 2011.

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Coordinates: 45°46′52″N 4°52′03″E / 45.78098°N 4.86759°E / 45.78098; 4.86759