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IHA News

IHA MRes students to receive Distinctions in their degrees!

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. More...

Published: Sep 19, 2014 3:20:37 PM

Dr Nazif Alic paper published in PLOS Genetics

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 More...

Published: Sep 19, 2014 9:58:55 AM

Gems Lab Summer Roundup

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.
More...

Published: Sep 4, 2014 5:02:16 PM

Further Information


Professor Dame Linda Partridge DBE FRS FRSE FMedSci


Education and Academic Positions


1968 - 1971   Undergraduate Studies, University of Oxford, UK - B.A. Zoology 1st Class

1971 - 1974   D.Phil., University of Oxford

1974 - 1976   NERC post-doctoral fellow, University of York

1976 - 1992   Demonstrator, Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh

1994 - present   Weldon Professor of Biometry, University College London

1997 - 2002   NERC Research Professor, University College London

2002 - 2007   BBSRC Professorial Fellowship, University College London

2007 - present   Director, Institute of Healthy Ageing, University College London

2008 - present   Found Director, Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany

Awards


1992. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1996. Fellow of the Royal Society

2000. Frink medal of the Zoological Society of London 

2002. Sewall Wright Award of the American Society of Naturalists

2003. CBE, awarded for Services to Evolutionary Biology

2004. Fondation IPSEN Longevity Prize

2004. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of St Andrews

2004. Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

2004. The Lord Cohen Medal, British Society for Research on Ageing

2004. Member, European Academy of Sciences

2005. Medal of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

2005. Member of EMBO

2006. Living Legend, Help the Aged

2008. Thomassen a Thuessink Medal, University of Groningen, Netherlands

2009. Darwin-Wallace medal, The Linnean Society of London

2009. Women of Outstanding Achievement award for Science Discovery, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UKRC for Women

2009. Royal Society Croonian Prize Lecture

2009. Dame Commander of the British Empire, awarded for Services to Science

2010. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2011. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Oxford

2011. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Bath

2012. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Brighton

Current Funding


2007 - 2012. Wellcome Trust Strategic Award. Genomic and biochemical analysis of ageing and age-related disease. (joint with Prof J Thornton, Prof Withers & Prof Gems).

2009 - 2013. MRC. A detailed network of transcriptome regulation associated with life-span extension in model organisms.

2009 - 2012. Age UK. Testing the role of autophagy in improving health during ageing.

2009 - 2013. Alzheimer’s Research Trust - An investigation of the role of the ageing process in Alzheimer’s Disease (joint with Prof. S. Lovestone).

2010 - 2012. AFAR – 2010 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Ageing.

2011 - 2016. EU FP7 Advanced Grant Award – Integrated research on Developmental determinants of Aging and Longevity.

2011 - 2016. ERC - Experimental Research on Ageing.

2013 - 2018. Wellcome Trust Strategic Award. Biological determinants of ageing and late life health, and their pharmacological manipulation (joint with Prof J Thornton, Prof Withers & Prof Gems).

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