The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is proud to present the opening of the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research with a lecture by:
Professor Linda Partridge DBE FRS, Weldon Professor of Biometry and Director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing, UCL
Ageing, because of its complexity, has long been a highly difficult area to research, let alone to tackle with medical intervention. Yet this view has been challenged by the recent discovery that mutations in single genes can increase the healthy lifespan of laboratory animals. Moreover, the mechanisms underpinning the ageing process are conserved over time with similar processes implicated in population-genetic studies of humans. Nutrient and stress-sensing pathways have proved to play a key role, through mechanisms that are now being investigated. Altering the activity of these pathways can produce beneficial effects in several animal models of human age-related disease. These findings hold promise for a broad-spectrum, preventative medicine for the diseases of ageing.
Cost: Free of Charge