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Race for Life!

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!
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Published: Jul 8, 2014 4:42:56 PM

Sahar Emran has paper published in Aging

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.

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Published: May 29, 2014 4:20:34 PM

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

IHA News

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.

Daniel Pearce, Stephan Beck and Tosin Taiwo paper to be published in Epigenetics

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We are pleased to announce that the Epigenetics journal have accepted Daniel Pearce, Stephan Beck and Tosin Taiwo's paper for publication. The article's title is "DNA methylation analysis of murine haematopoietic side population cells during ageing." For more information please contact Dr Pearce.

Gems Lab News Summer Roundup

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Congratulations to Dr Filipe Cabreiro, who not only recently published two excellent reports (F. Cabreiro et al., 'Metformin retards aging in C. elegans by altering microbial folate and methionine metabolism.' Cell (2013) 153: 228-239, and F. Cabreiro and D. Gems. 'Worms need microbes too: Microbiota, health and aging in C. elegans.' EMBO Molecular Medicine (2013) In press), but has also been appointed to head his own lab at the UCL Department of Structural and Molecular Biology.

Cassandra Coburn discusses her PLOS Biology paper on Romanian TV

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There has been substantial media interest in Cassandra Coburn's paper on 'Death Fluorescence' (Coburn C et al. Anthranilate fluorescence marks a calcium-propagated necrotic wave that promotes organismal death in C. elegans. PLoS Biol 11(7): e1001613. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001613) including this fascinating article on Romanian television http://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/stiinta/interviu-stirile-protv-cu-cercetatorii-care-au-descoperit-aura-mortii-cum-vor-trata-imbatranirea.html

Congratulations to the IHA Race for Life team

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Race for Life 2013

Warmest congratulations to the IHA Race for Life team on their fantastic fundraising efforts. The team not only competed in the 5k race at Regent's Park but also held other fun events including a bake sale and a karaoke night.

Analysing Variation in Drosophila Ageing Across Independent Experimental Studies

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A new paper from Matthias Ziehm, Janet Thornton and the IHA's Matt Piper has been accepted for publishing in Ageing Cell. Its full title: "Analysing variation in Drosophila ageing across independent experimental studies - a meta-analysis of survival data"
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acel.12123/abstract

Cell Review: The Hallmarks of Aging

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The IHA's Director Linda Partridge is one five contributors to publish a major review in Cell entitled 'The Hallmarks of Aging' (Cell, Volume 153, Issue 6, 1194-1217, 6 June 2013 doi:10.1016/j.cell.2013.05.039)

Congratulations to Charlotte Beaver on passing her PhD viva!

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Warmest congratulations to Charlotte Beaver who passed her PhD viva yesterday. Charlotte has recently joined the IHA as a member of Dr Daniel Pearce's group.

Hear Prof Dame Linda Partridge speak on BBC Radio 4's Life Scientific

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To listen to Linda's fascinating 'Life Scientific' visit the BBC website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sm6q6

IHA Race for Life teams kicks off with Bake Sale

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The ladies of the IHA who this year will be participating in Cancer Research UK's 'Race for Life' successfully held a bake sale on Wednesday and raised an impressive £290 towards their total goal! A huge variety of delicious cakes, generously baked by the team and their friends from the IHA, were snapped up by hungry staff and students alike. Thanks team and well done! If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause please visit the team's JustGiving page at: http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org

Giovanna Vinti awarded UCL Green Impact Award

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We are delighted to announce that the 'Green-Darwin' Green Impact Team has won two Bronze Awards which were presented by the Provost at an Awards Ceremony held last week. The IHA's Giovanna Vinti secured the first award for 'Green-Darwin Labs' and the 'Green Darwin' team won a second.

These fantastic achievements form part of the efforts of the wider UCL community in pressing forward the green agenda. Awards went to teams across UCL for work that included putting up awareness-raising notices and posters encouraging people to switch off lights and equipment when not needed, potentially saving 7,038kg CO2 per year; and likewise to print and photocopy double-sided, potentially saving 108,594kg CO2 and £40,220 on resource costs this year across the institution.

Carolina Soto Palma to attend The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

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Congratulations to Carolina Soto Palma, an MRes student under the supervision of Dr. Gene Schuster, who has been awarded one of only ten UCL Graduate School bursaries to attend The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.

Congratulations to Tosin Taiwo

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The IHA is pleased to announce that Tosin Taiwo, final year PhD student with Dr Daniel Pearce, recently passed her viva with only minor corrections. Congratulations Tosin!

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