Institute of Healthy Ageing
Ageing is now the predominant cause of disease worldwide and yet it remains poorly understood.
The aim of research at the IHA is to discover the biological mechanisms of ageing to help us understand the causes of age-related diseases and improve human health at older ages.
Because human ageing is so very complex, our main approach is to discover the mechanisms of ageing first in simple, experimentally tractable organisms.
Understanding the biology of ageing is one of the most important challenges in biomedical research today
Who are we?
Understanding how regulation of gene expression impacts ageing.
Understanding the fundamental biological mechanisms of ageing.
Understanding the biological mechanisms of age-related neurodegeneration.
The Dunhill Medical Trust has partnered with the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA) to train the next generation of ageing researchers. The goals of the Dunhill Medical Trust and the IHA are to inspire and enable multidisciplinary research aimed at improving the quality of life, functional capacity and well-being of older people now, or in the future
The IHA offers two modules on ageing to third-year undergraduate and Masters students at UCL.
The IHA hosts Masters students, PhD students and visiting students in the lab, including those who wish to carry out a summer placement. Students can also come to the IHA through the Biosciences MRes Programme through the Biology of Ageing and Age-Related Disease stream or the Neuroscience stream.
Masters and PhDs
Opportunities for undergraduates to contribute to ageing research & develop laboratory skills through the UCL Healthspan Project. Applications are open to UCL undergraduates on any life sciences degree programme and in any year of study