The British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA) promotes research to understand the causes and effects of the ageing process. BSRA encourages publication and public understanding of ageing research and holds an annual scientific meeting. The Springer Journal, Biogerontology, is the formal affiliated Journal of the society. Biogerontology offers a platform for research which aims primarily at achieving healthy old age accompanied by improved longevity.

Funding Opportunity: High Priority Behaviour and Social Research Networks

High Priority Behaviour and Social Research Networks

UK-US collaborative funding

The BBSRC have announced they will contribute to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and ESRC joint call for networks.


BBSRC Panel and Pool of Experts membership

The BBSRC have a call out for membership of Panels and of the Pool of Experts. These roles are worth considering - in addition to contributing to the functioning of the BBSRC, they also provide a valuable insight into the grant awarding process.

BBSRC-National Institute on Aging: co-funding scheme



In 2009, BBSRC and National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded six grants via the Joint Collaborative Research on the Biology of Ageing Initiative (see related links) whereby NIA funded the US partners (total $3M) and BBSRC funded the UK partners (total £2.6M).

Updated: BBSRC/UK Space Agency - Research on Ageing Using Bedrest Facilities


Updated: registration closes Friday 19th April. Full programme now available (see link below) 

The UK Space Agency is pleased to announce a meeting co-hosted with BBSRC at QinetiQ, Farnborough:

Research on Ageing Using Bedrest Facilities:

New Opportunities in the ELIPS Programme

24 April 2013, QinetiQ, Farnborough

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The UK’s recent decision to subscribe to the European Space Agency’s ELIPS (European Life and Physical Sciences) programme means UK-based researchers may participate in this unique, cross-disciplinary programme, making use of a diverse range of facilities including centrifuges, parabolic flights and bedrest facilities. This meeting will examine the bedrest facilities: how they are managed, how ESA defines opportunities and selects experiments, and how UK researchers might get involved.  Specifically, we will look at how bedrest facilities may be used for research into the biology of ageing.

This meeting is open to all.  It is strongly recommended that researchers who may wish to apply for support from BBSRC for research on ageing conducted via the ELIPS programme attend this workshop.  This will be an invaluable opportunity to hear about ESA and BBSRC’s review procedures (and how they will be coordinated) and an excellent forum for networking with like-minded researchers.

Video: A Cure for Ageing?

BSRA Chair Professor Richard Faragher recently debated Dr Aubrey de Grey of SENS in Oxford. The event is available on YouTube in several parts:

Part 1: Common Ground

Part 2: Aubrey de Grey

Part 3: Richard Faragher

Part 4: Aubrey de Grey response

I'll post further links as and when they become available. Note that the videos are part of the Oxford University Society of Biomedical Sciences YouTube channel.

Lecture: 'Social Care - our biggest problem or greatest opportunity?'

30/04/2013 17:30


The Age UK and Institute of Gerontology, King's College London will be hosting their Annual Lecture in memory of David Hobman on Tuesday 30 April.

The lecture, 'Social Care - our biggest problem or greatest opportunity?' will be given by special guest speaker Baroness Pitkeathley.

King's College London
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The lecture will be held in The Great Hall at King's College London. Refreshments will be served on arrival and the lecture will commence at 6pm. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

To reserve a place please email or call 020 303 31501

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley OBE

Baroness Pitkeathley has been a social worker for local authorities and a Voluntary Services Coordinator in the National Health Service.

In 1986 she became Chief Executive of what was then the National Council for Carers and led the carers movement for the next 12 years, creating Carers National Association (now Carers UK).

From 1998 to 2004 she was the first Chair of the New Opportunities Fund, responsible for allocating £2 billion of lottery money and also was the interim Chair of the General Social Care Council for its first six months.

From 2003 to 2008 Jill was Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service).

From 2005 to 2008 she was Chair of the Government Advisory Panel on Futurebuilders and was Chair of the Advisory Body for the Office for Civil Society from 2008 - 2011.  Jill was appointed as Chair of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (formerly the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) in January 2009. She became a trustee of the Big Society Trust for the Big Society Bank in 2011.

Jill is currently Vice President of Carers UK, President of the Community Council for Berkshire, and a patron of Herefordshire Carers.

She was raised to the peerage in 1997 as Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham, sits on the Labour benches, is a very active working peer and is a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. 

Debate: A Cure for Ageing?

19/02/2013 19:00

Join BCSE Chair Richard Faragher as he debates Aubrey De Grey (SENS) at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford on 19th February 2013. Entry is free and all are welcome.

The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
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Dr Aubrey de Grey contends that senior scientists in the field of ageing have distorted the relationship between ageing and disease and that his research strategies will lead to the rapid development of rejuvenation therapies to combat ageing.

Professor Richard Faragher disputes these contentions and believes de Grey is damaging the credibility of the field by conflating his futuristic visions with the practical research strategies of the mainstream.

Which of them is right? Are both of them wrong?

See the attached file for further information.

BBSRC LoLa Funding call

The BBSRC have issued this year's call for applications for their Strategic longer and larger grants (sLoLas). Ageing is one of the priority areas this year.

The sLoLa grants call is held annually. The application process has two stages: Outline applications must be submitted initially. Outlines must be submitted via Je-S. 

After assessment of outline applications, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications.


  • Outline proposal deadline: 18 April 2013 
  • Full proposal deadline (invite only): January 2014 TBC 

Full details at the BBSRC website.

Glenn Foundation Doctoral Student Fellowships in the Biology of Aging

The Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will award two Glenn Foundation Doctoral Student Fellowships to graduate students entering the 2013 academic year who are committed to studying the Biology of Aging .

Each fellowship will provide students with a $35,000 annual stipend (plus paid tuition, fees, and health insurance) for the four years of their doctoral program.

Glenn Foundation Fellowship recipients also receive an extra $33,000 for travel and an independent research project in the final years of their doctoral program.

For further information including elgibility and how to apply, visit the Glenn Foundation Doctoral Student Fellowships webpage.

Position Available: The Babraham Institute


Group Leader Positions in the area of Normal Ageing

The Babraham Institute

Cambridge, UK


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