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Dr Nazif Alic paper published in Royal Society Proceedings B

Congratulations to Dr Nazif Alic whose paper has been published in the Royal Society's flagship biological research journal Proceedings B.
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Published: Dec 18, 2014 5:19:24 PM

Linda Partridge to speak at Nobel Week Dialogue, Live streaming and Q&A

Join in the digital discussion on ageing with IHA Director Linda Partridge as part of this year's Nobel Week Dialogue on 9th December.  More...

Published: Dec 4, 2014 11:04:44 AM

IHA Director Prof Linda Partridge honoured with BBSRC Excellence Award

IHA Director, Professor Linda Partridge, has been recognised with a BBSRC Anniversary Award for Excellence in Bioscience.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has recognised outstanding contributions to bioscience made by four of its research community. As part of BBSRC’s 20th anniversary, the awards demonstrate pride for the UK's world-leading bioscience research base and the impact it has achieved in the last two decades.

The awards will be presented at the Great British Bioscience Festival in November.

Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "Our 20th anniversary year is the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of researchers that BBSRC has supported. These awards highlight outstanding achievements that benefit us all and help to make the UK world-leading in bioscience."

Congratulations Linda!
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Published: Nov 7, 2014 4:31:19 PM

IHA News

Dr Nazif Alic paper published in Royal Society Proceedings B

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Congratulations to Dr Nazif Alic whose paper has been published in the Royal Society's flagship biological research journal Proceedings B.

Linda Partridge to speak at Nobel Week Dialogue, Live streaming and Q&A

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Join in the digital discussion on ageing with IHA Director Linda Partridge as part of this year's Nobel Week Dialogue on 9th December. 

IHA Director Prof Linda Partridge honoured with BBSRC Excellence Award

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IHA Director, Professor Linda Partridge, has been recognised with a BBSRC Anniversary Award for Excellence in Bioscience.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has recognised outstanding contributions to bioscience made by four of its research community. As part of BBSRC’s 20th anniversary, the awards demonstrate pride for the UK's world-leading bioscience research base and the impact it has achieved in the last two decades.

The awards will be presented at the Great British Bioscience Festival in November.

Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "Our 20th anniversary year is the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of researchers that BBSRC has supported. These awards highlight outstanding achievements that benefit us all and help to make the UK world-leading in bioscience."

Congratulations Linda!

Dr Nazif Alic on the The Naked Scientists

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Nazif Alic talks about healthspan and healthy ageing on The Naked Scientists.

Former IHA students start PhD's at Cambridge University

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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!

IHA MRes students to receive Distinctions in their degrees!

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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.

Dr Nazif Alic paper published in PLOS Genetics

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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

Gems Lab Summer Roundup

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Congratulations to Jennifer Tullet (again!)

In September, Dr Jennifer Tullet will cease to be a postdoc, and take up
a Principle Investigator position running her own lab at the University
of Kent, where she will continue her investigations of ageing in C.
elegans. Jennifer also recently spoke at the American Aging Association
meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and recently published a paper entitled
“DAF-16 target identification in C. elegans: past, present and future”
in the journal Biogerontology.

Congratulations to Dr Yila de la Guardia!

Yila de la Guardia recently passed her Ph.D. viva (examiners, Prof Bart
Braeckman from the University of Ghent, and Dr Lazaros Foukas from the
IHA). Yila has now returned to Panama, and she is much missed.

New members of the lab

The lab welcomes three new members! Dr Yuan Zhao moved to the lab from
Cancer Research UK, London, where she worked on telomeres in fission
yeast with Dr Julie Cooper; and Dr Evgeniy Galimov from the National
Research Centre for Preventive Medicine, Moscow, where he worked on ROS
signalling and p66shc with Prof Viktor Skulachev. Both positions are
funded by the Wellcome Trust. Welcome also to Thanet Sornda who recently
started Ph.D. research in the lab. Thanet previously did a Master’s
degree at the Institute of Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, and
is funded by the state of Thailand.

News about David Gems

David gave various talks, e.g. at the Genetics of Aging and Longevity
meeting in Sochi (April), Russia, the British Society for Research on
Ageing meeting in Liverpool (July), and at Oxford and Cambridge
universities. He recently published two essays: 'What is an anti-aging
treatment?' Exp. Gerontol. (2014) 58: 14-18; and 'Evolution of sexually
dimorphic longevity in humans.' Aging (2014) 6: 84-91.

Congratulations to Adam Dobson

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Congratulations to Dr Adam Dobson who has been awarded a grant from the Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics to study how the Drosophila gut changes in response to nutritional manipulations. This will establish a collaboration between the Piper lab and Dr Nicolas Buchon at Cornell University.

Science Paper published

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A recent Science article published by a team of UCL researchers including the IHA's Dr Teresa Niccoli sheds light into toxicity mechanisms. View the article here: http://goo.gl/2sgNCb

Knudra Transgenics prize success for IHA

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In a recent competition organised by the biotech company KNUDRA TRANSGENICS three members of the IHA were awarded prizes to make custom transgenic animals.

Second prize $3000 to Nuria Vergara to develop the project "Can human FOXO3a replace DAF-16 to promote longevity in C. elegans?" using CRSPR technology.

Third prize £1500 to Jennifer Tullet to investigate "How do translational errors affect longevity and health in C. elegans?"

Sixth prize $500 to Lamia Mestek to expand our knowledge in "Understanding the role of DAF-16 transcription factor in longevity"

The results of the competition can be checked in the following link: http://knudragrants.knudra.com/?page_id=39

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

New Wellcome Trust video 'Until' features IHA scientists

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The Wellcome Trust’s online publication, Mosaic, have released a new video ‘Until’, an exploration of ageing which asks the question, ‘how long would you like to live?’. The video includes interviews with leading ageing scientists (including the IHA's David Gems and Linda Partridge), transhumanists, elderly people and the young children and asks them when they think would be an appropriate time to die, if they had the choice. It also explores the possibilities and realities of extended lifespans in the future. The video can be found here: http://youtu.be/BsUZHyh4n-c

Race for Life!

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Congratulations and many thanks to Caroline Araiz and Melissa Cabecinha who recently competed in CRUK's 10k Race for Life in London. Not only did they exceed their £300 fundraising target but Caroline was the first runner to cross the line with an amazing time of 44m 21s and Melissa ran her first ever 10k!

Sahar Emran has paper published in Aging

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Congratulations to the IHA's Sahar Emran who recently had a paper published in the journal Aging. Her paper shows how the drug rapamycin can overcome the lifespan shortening effects of eating a diet high in amino acids. The article can be viewed here.

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

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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

4 year PhD studentship in the IHA available

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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.

Dr Jorge Iván Castillo Quan receives Faculty Prize

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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!

PLOS Genetics paper published today "DAF-16/FoxO Directly Regulates an Atypical AMP- Activated Protein Kinase Gamma Isoform to Mediate the Effects of Insulin/IGF-1 Signaling on Aging in Caenorhabditis elegans"

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Congratulations to first author Dr Jennifer M. Tullet and her IHA colleagues whose paper was published in PLOS Genetics today.

Cell Reports paper published "Cell-Nonautonomous Effects of dFOXO/DAF-16 in Aging"

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Cell Reports today published an article by several of the IHA's researchers, including first author Dr Nazif Alic. The open-access article can be found here: http://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247%2814%2900032-1

Watch the IHA's Dr Oyinkansola Adesakin discuss her Alzheimer's Society Fellowship

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Gems Lab News - Winter Roundup

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Congratulations to Jennifer Tullet

Warmest congratulations to Dr Jennifer Tullet (Gems lab) whose paper “DAF-16/FoxO directly regulates an atypical AMP-activated protein kinase gamma isoform to mediate the effects of insulin/IGF-1 signaling on aging in C. elegans” was recently accepted for publication by the journal PLoS Genetics. Jennifer also presented this work at the British Society for Research on Ageing annual conference and received the Koncharevsky Award for best talk by an up and coming scientist. This award will allow her to attend and speak at the American Aging Association meeting in San Antonio, Texas in 2014. Furthermore, she was one of five people from UCL recently selected for the Aurora programme for women in leadership positions in Higher Education!

I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!

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Between 6-12 January 2014 Dr Jennifer Tullet will be participating in the popular 'I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!' competition. During the week Jennifer will be fielding live questions about her research via web chat and the students are the judges!

Crick Late at the Science Museum

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The IHA will be hosting a workshop for adults at the Crick Late event at the Science Museum on 26 February 2014.

More coverage on Death Fluorescence in the news

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The death fluorescence study provoked some interest from the news media,
both nationally and internationally. At home, it was covered by New
Scientist (online), and small items appeared in the Daily Mail, and
Metro (London). There was more interest in the USA, where David Gems was
interviewed for the National Public Radio programme “All Things
Considered” (similar to the Today programme on R4), and the story was
covered by Scientific American (online) and The Scientist. More widely,
the story was covered by news media in France, Canada (in the
publication "Vice"), Sweden, Romania (where there was a colourful TV
news item), Ghana, China and Indonesia.

Prof Dame Linda Partridge features in 'A Life in the Day', Sunday Times Magazine

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Sunday Times Magazine, August 25th 2013.

Each week the 'Life in the Day' article features a personal profile of an eminent person in their chosen field. This Sunday's issue on the IHA Director, Prof Dame Linda Partridge, took readers through a typical day in her working life.

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