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
A new article has just been published in the journal Frontiers in Genetics, entitled “The aging-disease false dichotomy: understanding senescence as pathology” (June 16, 2015, vol. 6, article 212). The article describes how a number of current worries about the prospects of treatments for ageing are misconceptions generated the traditional but incorrect view that ageing is distinct from age-related disease. It also proposes a new understanding of how interventions that extend lifespan operate that reconciles opposing views of traditional medicine and biogerontology. See http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2015.00212/abstract More...
Published: Jul 7, 2015 10:50:42 AM
Dr Nazif Alic is interested in how changes in transcription factor activity drive the plasticity of adult physiology and lifespan in the fruit fly.
The 2015 round of Marie Curie Individual Fellowship applications is open. If interested in obtaining a Marie Curie Fellowship to work on ageing and transcription in Drosophila, please contact Nazif Alic (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Danny Filer, PhD candidate
Yuyao (Eric) Wang, MRes candidate
Charlotte Flanagan, MSci candidate
Sara Al Saud, MRes
Adam Summerfield, MRes
Our work has been funded by UCL, Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society.
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