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Prof David Gems on BBC1's 'Bang Goes The Theory' 31/03/2014

The IHA's David Gems will feature in the upcoming episode of  ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ which airs on Monday 31st March at 7.30pm on BBC1 and iPlayer. The episode focuses on ageing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lwxj1 More...

Published: Mar 27, 2014 4:38:10 PM

4 year PhD studentship in the IHA available

A 4 year PhD studentship to study under the supervision of Dr Nazif Alic is now available. The project will examine how genetically or pharmacologically induced changes to gene expression, at the level of transcriptional regulation, extend healthy lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster. To explore this question the student will use a broad range of techniques, including fly genetics and physiology, molecular biology, microscopy, protein chemistry and genomics. The student will gain a broad training in basic biogerontology that will prove relevant to a career in any of the currently relevant aspects of ageing and ageing related-disease. More...

Published: Mar 25, 2014 10:08:50 AM

Dr Jorge Iván Castillo Quan receives Faculty Prize

Congratulations to the IHA's Dr Jorge Iván Castillo Quan who last week was awarded 1st prize for best poster/presentation at the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences Symposium. This follows his earlier success at UCL Faculty of Life Sciences Research Day held in September 2013, where he also won 1st prize. Well done Jorge!
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Published: Feb 25, 2014 3:24:12 PM

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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