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Congratulations to Dr Adam Dobson on his paper in Cell Reports

Congratulatsions to Adam Dobson and Nazif Alic whose paper, "Nutritional Programming of Lifespan by FOXO Inhibition on Sugar-Rich Diets," has just been published in Cell Reports. Their study shows that a history of feeding on a high sugar-diet shortens lifespan and changes gene expression. These changes appear to be mediated by FoxO/Daf16 in both flies and worms More...

Published: Jan 11, 2017 10:42:21 AM

Welcome to Matías Fuentealba

The IHA extends a warm welcome to Matías Fuentealba who joins Linda Partridge’s group this week as a PhD student. Matias recently completed his Masters in Biological Sciences at the Universidad de Chile, where his work comprised a “study of the energetics and structural characteristics of NAD and NADP binding sites through statistical potentials.” Welcome to London Matías!
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Published: Jan 10, 2017 11:44:35 AM

David Gems on BBC Radio 4 "Archive on 4"

On Saturday, November 26 2016 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a 1 hr programme entitled "Logan's Run and Intergenerational War", presented by Ed Howker, with extensive contributions from IHA Co-Director Professor David Gems. The programme included in depth discussion of the impact of the ageing of populations, and the prospects for treatments for ageing to improve late-life health. Among other contributors to the programme were former Universities and Science minister David Willetts and the actress Jenny Agutter.

The programme is available for a short period via the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b083j672#play
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Published: Nov 30, 2016 12:53:17 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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