The BSRA was formed as the “Club for Research on Ageing” by Professor Vladimir Korenchevsky (1880–1959) at some point prior to 1939 and as thus has a valid claim to be the world’s oldest scientific society devoted to research into the biology of ageing.
For more information on the history of the BSRA please visit our Wikipedia page.
Board of Trustees
Our voluntary Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year in addition to our AGM. Members report on finance, strategy, communications, fundraising, scientific meetings and membership. New Trustees are nominated by members and elected by ballot at the charity’s AGM. Trustees are appointed for a minimum of three years.
Prof Claire Stewart (Chair)
Professor Stewart is a Professor of Stem Cell Biology where she applies her expertise surrounding stem cells, muscle adaptation to healthy ageing. Her research focus throughout has therefore been on the interaction of growth factors and cytokines on cellular responses, specifically with age, injury and disease.
Dr James Brown (Communications Officer)
James is a Lecturer in Ageing Metabolism at Aston University. His research interests include adipose tissue, type 2 diabetes and frailty.
Prof Graeme Close
Graeme is a Reader in Applied Physiology and Sport Nutrition and the programme leader for the MSc in Sport Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University. Graeme’s research is focused upon the age related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function, vitamin D and skeletal muscle function and the detrimental effects of weight-making in athletes.
Dr David Weinkove
David Weinkove is a Lecturer at the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University. He uses the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans to understand how gut microbes might influence ageing.
Prof Lorna Harries (Hon. General Secretary)
Lorna is Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics and head of the RNA-mediated disease mechanisms group at the University of Exeter Medical School. Her research interests include -omics approaches to the study of human ageing and age-related disease processes in man.
Dr Kasia Whysall
Kasia is a Tenure Track Fellow at the university of Liverpool. Her research interests include how changes in gene expression play a key role during organism development, life and ageing.
Dr Viktor Korulchuk
Viktor’s scientific interests lie in the area of intracellular protein trafficking and degradation pathways, especially autophagy.
Dr Leda Mirbahai
Leda’s research focuses on using cutting edge technologies, including high throughput sequencing to answer questions about the role of epigenetic factors in health and disease and chemical risk assessment.
Dr Lizzy Ostler (Honorary Treasurer)
Dr Ostler’s current research is focused on the discovery and design of compounds that abrogate the negative effects of cellular senescence, including novel resveralogues.
Prof Lynne Cox
Professor Cox studies the molecular basis of human ageing, with the aim of reducing the morbidity and frailty associated with old age
Dr Julien Ochala
Julien is a Lecturer in Human Physiology at King’s College London. His research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying muscle wasting in various conditions, including ageing and premature ageing syndromes. To achieve this his lab uses a wide range of techniques such as single molecule biophysics, muscle cell physiology, X-ray diffraction and high-resolution confocal microscopy. His overarching goal is to provide sufficient knowledge to identify drug targets and design novel therapeutic interventions.”
Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board meets to discuss funding applications and to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee serve for a maximum of 3 years and consist of world leading research scientists and lay members who also serve on the BSRA Development Committee. Lay members are invited to serve by the Trustees for their charitable or fundraising expertise in line with the needs of the research strategy.
- Professor Richard Faragher (Chair)
- Professor Thomas Kirkwood CBE
- Professor Linda Partridge DBE
- Professor Janet Lord
- Professor Tim Skerry
- Professor Susan Ozanne
- Dr Jonathan Powell
- Ms Lucy Romyn
- Mrs Elizabeth Mills, OBE
The Development Committee is chaired by Ian Taylor, former MP and Science Minister, and consists of noted academics and philanthropists and is charged with developing the fundraising profile and activities of BSRA.
- Ian Taylor (Chair)
- Kingsley Manning
- Professor Helen Griffiths
- Dr David Weinkove (Outreach liaison BSRA)
- Prof. Anne McArdle (Chair SAB) (Ex Officio)
- Prof. Claire Stewart (Chair, BSRA trustees) (Ex Officio)