IHA Director Professor Linda Partridge is one of the organisers of the new Wellcome Trust Conference on Healthy Ageing being held 18-20 May 2015.
Ageing can lead to declining health and function, and it is the major risk factor for cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disease. This new Wellcome Trust conference will focus on recent discoveries and current challenges in ageing research, with a focus on translating basic research insights into health improvement for older people. We aim to explore the mechanisms of ageing in cells, tissues and organisms in order to identify interventions that can ameliorate its negative effects. The meeting will also emphasise the connection between discoveries made in model organisms and mechanisms leading to healthy ageing in humans.
The meeting is aimed at scientists, clinicians and drug developers involved in research into ageing and other relevant fields. We welcome the submission of abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.
Topics will include: Human ageing Stem cells and cellular senescence, Physiology of homeostasis, Nutrition and metabolism, Genome stability, Epigenetics, Systems biology, Drug developmen. More...
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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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