'Anti-Ageing: Health or Beauty?' A guest blog by Jorge Ivan Castillo Quan, written for the 2015 Write About Research Competition.
Published: Jul 8, 2015 11:51:04 AM
Dr Marina Ezcurra and Dr Alex Benedetto were both selected to speak at the recent International C. elegans Meeting in Los Angeles (June 24th-28th). The two talks described new breakthroughs in understanding the mechanisms by which age-related pathologies originate in C. elegans, and generated considerable interest. Alex also described a new stress-resistance assay based on death fluorescence, recently discovered in the Gems lab. For details of the C. elegans International Meeting see http://www.genetics-gsa.org/celegans/2015/ More...
Published: Jul 7, 2015 11:01:37 AM
The 65th British Society for Research on Ageing Annual Meeting took place at the Institute of Healthy Ageing on July 1st-2nd 2015. Speakers at the conference included Claudio Franceschi (Bologna), Paul Shiels (Glasgow), Jesus Gil (Imperial), and Avan Aihie Sayer (Southampton). They also included several speakers from the IHA: Lazaros Foukas, who described how ageing can be slowed down in mice by reducing PI3 kinase signalling, Cathy Slack (whose talk was awarded the Korenchevsky Prize) spoke about how Ras signalling controls fruitfly ageing, and David Gems who gave a welcome address, including a discussion of “The ageing-disease false dichotomy”.
For further information about the meeting see http://www.bsra.org.uk/node/842 More...
Published: Jul 7, 2015 10:59:19 AM
The Institute of Healthy Ageing (Director: Prof Dame Linda Partridge,
DBE, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci) is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence
for research on the biology of ageing and ageing-related diseases. The
biological process of ageing contributes to increased risk of a wide
range of diseases, from neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's disease) and cancer to cardiovascular disease (causing
heart attack and stroke) and age-related macular degeneration (causing
blindness in the elderly).
Our primary purpose is to bring together researchers working on the basic biology of ageing (biogerontology) with those working to understand the causes of ageing-related disease. By merging the two, we aim to develop a new translational biogerontology using the ageing process as a point of intervention to protect against the diseases of old age. Our goal is to improve the health and quality of life for older people.
The work of the Institute of Healthy Ageing is pursuing these ends by:
- Conducting world class research on the biology of ageing and ageing-related disease
- Increasing capacity in research on the biology of ageing by training new researchers and nurturing the work of younger principal investigators
- Teaching about the biology of ageing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
problem of ageing is not just an issue of biology, but also of social
science, economics and the built environment. A secondary aim of the
Institute is to nurture broader collaborations across UCL between
researchers working on different aspects of ageing.
We aim, through our combined activities, to transform healthcare technology and the social conditions of the elderly to create a future society in which the lives of older people are healthy, meaningful and happy.
Our facilities are shared with the associated Bähler Lab, headed by Professor Jürg Bähler.
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