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David Gems on BBC Radio 4 "Archive on 4"

On Saturday, November 26 2016 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a 1 hr programme entitled "Logan's Run and Intergenerational War", presented by Ed Howker, with extensive contributions from IHA Co-Director Professor David Gems. The programme included in depth discussion of the impact of the ageing of populations, and the prospects for treatments for ageing to improve late-life health. Among other contributors to the programme were former Universities and Science minister David Willetts and the actress Jenny Agutter.

The programme is available for a short period via the BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b083j672#play
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Published: Nov 30, 2016 12:53:17 PM

UCL Ageing Event blog post

Members of the IHA including Dr Nazif Alic and Dr Jenny Regan recently helped organise and participate in the highly successful UCL Ageing Event. This was the second Ageing Event and was targetted at post-doctoral researchers working in the ageing field across UCL. Emma Chambers, Research Associate in the Division of Infection and Immunity, has written a blog about the event.
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Published: Nov 18, 2016 2:53:13 PM

CNN news: How long can humans live?

Following her BBC interview Professor Linda Partridge spoke with CNN's Bianca Britton, whose article asks, "how long can humans live?" More...

Published: Oct 6, 2016 3:07:38 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.

For more on this story, see the following links:

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Journal of Immunology
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