Institute of Healthy Ageing


Research on ageing at UCL

UCL has a long and distinguished tradition of work on the biology of ageing; indeed the roots of the modern evolutionary theory of ageing lie in the ideas of J.B.S. Haldane and Sir Peter Medawar both of whom worked at UCL.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Alex Comfort (1920-2000), famously known as the author of the 'Joy of Sex', carried out his pioneering experimental research into ageing in the UCL Department of Biology. His landmark work, "Ageing: The Biology of Senescence" (1956) helped to stimulate popular interest in the subject of biogerontology.

The Institute of Healthy Ageing follows in this tradition and continues to carry out ground-breaking research on the biology of ageing and ageing-related diseases.