'Anti-Ageing: Health or Beauty?' A guest blog by Jorge Ivan Castillo Quan, written for the 2015 Write About Research Competition.
Published: Jul 8, 2015 11:51:04 AM
Dr Marina Ezcurra and Dr Alex Benedetto were both selected to speak at the recent International C. elegans Meeting in Los Angeles (June 24th-28th). The two talks described new breakthroughs in understanding the mechanisms by which age-related pathologies originate in C. elegans, and generated considerable interest. Alex also described a new stress-resistance assay based on death fluorescence, recently discovered in the Gems lab. For details of the C. elegans International Meeting see http://www.genetics-gsa.org/celegans/2015/ More...
Published: Jul 7, 2015 11:01:37 AM
The 65th British Society for Research on Ageing Annual Meeting took place at the Institute of Healthy Ageing on July 1st-2nd 2015. Speakers at the conference included Claudio Franceschi (Bologna), Paul Shiels (Glasgow), Jesus Gil (Imperial), and Avan Aihie Sayer (Southampton). They also included several speakers from the IHA: Lazaros Foukas, who described how ageing can be slowed down in mice by reducing PI3 kinase signalling, Cathy Slack (whose talk was awarded the Korenchevsky Prize) spoke about how Ras signalling controls fruitfly ageing, and David Gems who gave a welcome address, including a discussion of “The ageing-disease false dichotomy”.
For further information about the meeting see http://www.bsra.org.uk/node/842 More...
Published: Jul 7, 2015 10:59:19 AM
dr lazaros foukas
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.
- Cell signalling
- age-related disease
- metabolic regulation
- type-2 diabetes
Developmental defects and rescue from glucose intolerance of a catalytically-inactive novel Ship2 mutant mouse.
Angiogenesis selectively requires the p110alpha isoform of PI3K to control endothelial cell migration
eIF4E binding protein 1 and H-Ras are novel substrates for the protein kinase activity of class-I phosphoinositide 3-kinase.
Direct interaction of major histocompatibility complex class II-derived peptides with class Ia phosphoinositide 3-kinase results in dose-dependent stimulatory effects.
2003PhDDoctor of PhilosophyUniversity College London
1997MSMaster of ScienceUniversity of Patras
1995Dip.DiplomaUniversity of Patras
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.
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