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Cell paper reveals how a cancer drug makes fruit flies live longer

A paper by researchers from the IHA Dr Cathy Slack and Dr Nazif Alic demonstrate new targets for drugs against ageing. Their research published in Cell shows how inhibition of the Ras-Erk-ETS pathway extends fly lifespan.
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Published: Jun 26, 2015 10:42:55 AM

Dr Jorge Ivan Castillo Quan - Anti-Aging: Beauty or Health?

Watch the IHA's Dr Jorge Ivan Castillo Quan's talk on Anti-Aging. His fascinating talk was part of a very successful event called TEDx held at Goodenough College. More...

Published: Jun 17, 2015 12:38:48 PM

Brain paper published by Partridge Lab

Research staff from the IHA's Partridge Lab, including Dr Jorge Ivan Castillo Quan and PhD student Ms Li Li, are among those whose work has recently been published in Brain. Their paper is entitled, "Loss of PLA2G6 leads to elevated mitochondrial lipid peroxidation and mitochondrial dysfunction".
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Published: Jun 11, 2015 2:42:41 PM

Lazaros Foukas


Foukas Lab Website


dr lazaros foukas

Contacts
  • Dr
  • Lazaros
  • Foukas
  • Dr Lazaros Foukas
  • Ex: 51612
  • l.foukas@ucl.ac.uk
  • Website
  • https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/extResource/image/01/LFOUK88
  • 2009-04-01
Address
  • 7815
  • London
Joined UCL
  • 2009-04-01

Research Summary

Ageing is a process of gradual decline in the physiological functions of the organism. Amongst other derangements, ageing is associated with dysfunction in carbohydrate and lipid homeostatic regulatory mechanisms. Consequently, middle-aged and old individuals have a higher risk of suffering from metabolic disorders. The rapidly increasing incidence of obesity and type-2 diabetes necessitates the development of novel therapeutic agents to combat these conditions and their numerous debilitating complications.



Cell signalling pathways have been successfully targeted in the therapy of major diseases, such as cancer and inflammation. Signalling pathways that sense nutrient availability and regulate metabolic responses represent potential points of intervention for treatment of metabolic disorders. Key signalling pathways in metabolic regulation are the PI 3-Kinase (PI3K) and Target of Rapamycin (TOR) pathways.



We aim to study the mechanisms by which growth factor and nutrient sensing signalling pathways regulate metabolism and the impact of their perturbation on health in the context of ageing. We use a combination of mammalian genetics, cell based models and pharmacological approaches to identify components of cell signalling pathways which can be targeted in prevention or therapy of age-related diseases.

Research Activities
  • 853
  • Cell signalling
  • 1335
  • age-related disease
  • 1016
  • ageing
  • 1177
  • cancer
  • 1017
  • metabolic regulation
  • 1497
  • obesity
  • 1498
  • type-2 diabetes

Academic Background

  • Award Year
    Qualification
     
    Institution
  • 2003
    PhD
    Doctor of Philosophy
    University College London
  • 1997
    MS
    Master of Science
    University of Patras
  • 1995
    Dip.
    Diploma
    University of Patras

Biography

Lazaros Foukas obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from University College London. He then
went on to conduct postdoctoral research in Bart Vanhaesebroeck’s lab in the
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and then in Barts Cancer Institute, Queen
Mary University of London. He joined the Institute of Healthy Ageing at UCL as
a principal investigator in 2009. His research focuses on the role of
signalling pathways in age related pathologies, such as cancer and metabolic disease.

Collaborators
  • LPART24
  • prof dame linda partridge
  • DGEMS65
  • prof david gems
  • BFKIN15
  • dr brian king
  • MJKIV95
  • prof mika kivimaki
  • DJPEA06
  • dr daniel pearce
  • MKUMA95
  • prof meena kumari
  • MRDUC42
  • prof michael duchen
  • HPIKH73
  • dr hynek pikhart
  • SJDAW90
  • dr sally dawson
  • RCHAR53
  • dr babis rallis

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