A Distinguished History of Research on Ageing at University College London
UCL has a long and distinguished tradition of work on the biology of ageing. The roots of the modern evolutionary theory of ageing lie in the ideas of J.B.S. Haldane and Sir Peter Medawar in the 1930s and 1940s.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Alex Comfort (1920-2000), a pioneer in experimental ageing research and author of the landmark book "Ageing: The Biology of Senescence" (1956) worked at the Department of Biology, UCL.
This tradition has continued during the 1990s and 2000s with work of Linda Partridge, David Gems, Dominic Withers, and Arne Akbar, co-founders of the new UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, and others.
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