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IHA News

Former IHA students start PhD's at Cambridge University

The IHA is pleased to announce that former students Michael Shannack and Nattaphong Rattanavirotkul will both be starting PhD courses at Cambridge University this year. We wish them the best of luck in their studies! More...

Published: Sep 30, 2014 11:57:06 AM

IHA MRes students to receive Distinctions in their degrees!

Congratulations to IHA MRes students Michael Shannack, Nattaphong Rattanavirotkul, Adam Summerfield and Parina Patel. All four received a well-deserved Distinction in their Masters course. We wish them all the best for the future. More...

Published: Sep 19, 2014 3:20:37 PM

Dr Nazif Alic paper published in PLOS Genetics

In their recent paper in PLOS Genetics Alic and co-workers explore the complex relationship between Drosophila foxo, a transcription factor with evolutionarily conserved role in ageing, and Anterior open, an ETS-family transcription factor that is a direct target of dFOXO in the adult gut and whose activation can extend lifespan.

The paper is entitled, "Interplay of dFOXO and Two ETS-Family Transcription Factors Determines Lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster"

View the article here: http://tinyurl.com/off4cqq More...

Published: Sep 19, 2014 9:58:55 AM

Governance


Origins of the IHA


Work on the creation of the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing began in March 2004 and was taken forward by a large team, including a cross-faculty Steering Committee whose membership included Prof Arne Akbar, Prof Ed Byrne, Prof Leon Fine, Prof David Gems, Prof Bob Lieberman, Prof Peter Mobbs, Prof Dame Linda Partridge, Dr Mary Phillips, Prof Mike Spyer, Prof Patrick Vallance and Prof Dominic Withers, with strong support from the UCL Provost, Prof Malcolm Grant.

Development and Governance of the IHA


The Institute of Healthy Ageing replaced the earlier Centre for Research on Ageing in Autumn 2007.

The Institute now hosts the labs of six PI's with numerous funding sources between them including the Wellcome Trust, The Royal Society and the MRC. In addition to the substantial labs of Prof Dame Linda Partridge and Prof David Gems, the labs of the following staff are housed within the IHA in UCL's Darwin Building:

  • Dr Daniel Pearce joined the IHA in Autumn 2007, on a tenure track position with an RCUK Fellowship, to set up a new research group working on ageing in haematopoietic stem cells.
  • Dr Eugene Schuster, previously of the European Bioinformatics Institute, joined the IHA in January 2008 as an MRC Senior Research Fellow. His research utilises functional genomic approaches to understand long-lived animal models.
  • Dr Lazaros Foukas joined as a Lecturer in June 2009 to study the signalling pathways that control mammalian ageing.
  • Dr Matt Piper, already a post-doc in the Partridge lab, was awarded his own Fellowship by the Royal Society in August 2011. His work focuses on Dietary Restriction (DR or calorie restriction) - an evolutionarily conserved intervention that extends healthy lifespan.

The activities of the IHA were given a strong boost by a £5.1 million Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust in 2006 and achieved further success by obtaining a second Strategic Award commencing 2013.

Strategic management of the IHA


A strategic overview of the activities of the IHA is maintained by its Steering Committee.  All PI's within the Institute are members of the Steering Committee along with Michael Wright (Executive Officer) and Giovanna Vinti (Laboratory Manager) who together represent the support activities. The Committee meets quarterly to discuss and review the latest research and strategic plans.

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing


In 2010 Linda Partridge took on an additional role as a founding director of the new Max Planck Institute in Cologne dedicated to the biology of ageing. The close links that have since developed between the IHA and the MPI continue to help strengthen and enliven both institutions.

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