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.

Lecture: Regenerating Broken Body Parts - Athletes, Ageing and Future Medicines

12/12/2012 13:00
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Christmas Lectures 2012

University Campus Suffolk

School of Science, Technology and Health

12th December 2012

Location: 
Waterfront Auditorium, UCS Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ
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Join us at UCS for a set of stimulating lectures and find out what the future holds with respect to the repair of our body tissues using new regenerative medicines.

All are welcome to attend. Scientists and non-scientists alike will be interested in these entertaining talks, which are aimed at members of the public, including school children.

This is your chance to quiz our international panel of experts and find out more about UCS Ipswich’s role in the field of tissue repair.

Speakers:

  • Professor Cathy Speed, sport medicine expert with Team GB

  • Professor John Ansell, stem cell scientist

  • Professor Brendon Noble, regenerative medicine expert

BBSRC-NIA co-funding scheme

 

The BBSRC has announced a joint funding scheme in collaboration with the National Institute on Aging.

In 2009 BBSRC and National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded six grants via the joint Collaborative research on the biology of ageing (see related links) whereby NIA funded US partners (total $3M) and BBSRC funded UK partners (total £2.6M).

UK Funding Calls

A recently announced cross-Council call for funding in the general area of Life Long Health and Well-being:

New cross-Council LLHW call for Promoting Physical Activity in older age

In addition, applications are invited for BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships scheme. Ageing:LLHW is one of BBSRC's overarching strategic priorities.

Symposium "Biomarkers of Ageing" 22nd-23rd March 2013

22/03/2013
23/03/2013
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Registration now open

You are cordially invited to the Symposium "Biomarkers of Ageing" 2013 which will take place at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

The meeting is scheduled from 22nd / 23rd March 2013. The campus of the University of Konstanz is situated near the shores of Lake Constance bordering Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

This symposium will coincide with the final meeting of the MARK-AGE CONSORTIUM. MARK-AGE is an EU FP7 Project aiming at the identification of biomarkers of human ageing.

Location: 
University of Konstanz, Germany

Cognitive Decline begins in Mid-Life

Timing of onset of cognitive decline: results from Whitehall II prospective cohort study | BMJ - [Papers of Interest]

I’m pretty sure, anecdotally speaking, that if one was to ask a room full of 65 year olds if they had noticed any change in their memory over the past few years most would say they had. I’m equally sure that if one asked a room of 45 year olds the same question the answer would be quite different. The findings of a recent study have however radically suggested that there are significant decreases in cognitive function seen in men as early as 45-49 years of age.

2012 Annual Scientific Meeting Registration open

Online registration is now open for the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Visit the Registration Page.

Meeting Programme

AAAS: Can Aging be Overcome?

Members who are also members of the AAAS might like to look at a blog article there entitled "Can Aging be Overcome", featuring links to TED presentations by Dan Buettner, Aubrey de Grey and Cynthia Kenyon.

The Killifish as a Vertebrate Model for Ageing

Transposon-Mediated Transgenesis in the Short-Lived African Killifish Nothobranchius furzeri, a Vertebrate Model for Aging [Papers of Interest]

N. furzeriAccording to wikipedia, there are over 1200 species of killifish - these species are distributed through the Americas, southern Europe, Africa and eastern Asia. Nothobranchius furzeri  is an African species with quite diverse colouration patterns (which presumably explains the apparent contradiction between the image here and the species' common name: the Turquoise killifish), and is quite popular as an aquarium fish.  Killifish are particularly short-lived fish, an adaptation to their habitat in transient water bodies.  For the same reason, their eggs are quite resistent to drying out - killiish can be exchanged between labs quite readily as eggs (without water) through the post.  This paper desribes a technique for transgenic modification in killifish, an essential development if killifish is to acquire widespread acceptance as an experimental model organism.

Ageing Genes: The Sirtuin Story

From Papers of Interest - Jennifer Couzin-Frankel (2011) Aging Genes: The Sirtuin Story Unravels Science Vol. 334 no. 6060 pp. 1194-1198 DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6060.1194

From the perspective of a relative outsider to the sirtuin field, this News Item in a recent issue of Science is quite timely, bringing a concise overview of the state of play in the field of Sir2 and its role in the modulation of lifespan. It's an intriguing tale of scientific investigation.  And from a more personal perspective, avoiding complications due to genetic background when analysing the impact of genetic interventions using transgenic Drosophila has been important in my ow research.

In the news: Funding for fundamental versus translational research

From The Observer, 20/11/11:

Leading scientists have warned that Age UK, the country's leading charity for older people, risks letting future generations down by abandoning fundamental research into the biology of ageing, instead only bankrolling studies that deliver short-term payoffs.

Professor Richard Faragher, chair of the British Society for Research on Ageing, said that the move was especially unwelcome when scientists are tantalisingly close to cracking the secrets of how cells and bodies age.

Read the article at The Observer (external link)

 

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