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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

Arne Akbar

3 April 2012

20 September 2011


A study led by Professor Arne Akbar, Associate of the IHA, was published today.  The work focussed on ways to revitalise white blood cells that were thought to have been deactivated after fighting infections.

Previous research had suggested that white blood cells had a finite lifespan, meaning they gave less protection as a person aged.  This was thought to be determined by 'caps' on the end of DNA called telomeres which get shorter as the body fights infection.  Prof Akbar's team showed however that some white cells were inactive yet had long telomeres, suggesting another mechanism in the immune system was switching them off.  When they blocked off the newly identified pathway, they found that the white blood cells appeared to 'come to life' again.

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