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.
James is an Associate Professor and Director of the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) at Aston University. His research interests include metabolism and ageing, adipose tissue, type 2 diabetes and frailty.
Prof Lorna Harries (Hon. General Secretary)
Lorna is 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 Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include how changes in gene expression play a key role during organism development, life and ageing.
Cathy is a Lecturer in Biosciences at Aston University. Her research uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate nutrient signalling pathways and their impact on healthy ageing.
Prof Lizzy Ostler (Honorary Treasurer)
Professor 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
Lynne Cox is a biogerontologist at the University of Oxford. She runs a research group focused on understanding the basic molecular mechanisms of ageing, and aims to alleviate the diseases of old age by developing treatments that are based on the underlying biology of ageing.
Dr J Pedro de Magalhaes
Dr de Magalhaes is a reader at the University of Liverpool and leads the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group (http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~aging/). His lab studies the ageing process and how we can manipulate it to fend off age-related diseases and improve human health.
Dr Sebastian Aguiar
Dr Sebastian Aguiar is Principal at Apollo Health Ventures, an ageing-focused global venture capital fund and company builder. Sebastian was Founder and COO of Samsara Therapeutics, a biotech focused on geroprotector drug discovery. Prior to Apollo, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow in the biology of aging at the Gulbenkian Institute and a SENS Foundation Scholar at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
Dr Marina Ezcurra
Marina is a Lecturer of the Biology of Ageing at Biosciences, University of Kent. Her research is focused on understanding how host-microbiome interactions affect ageing of the host nervous system (https://marinaezcurralab.com/).
Dr Neil Martin
Neil is a lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Loughborough University. His research centres around the role of ageing and exercise on skeletal muscle cell metabolism, with a particular focus on mTORC1 regulation.
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 Professor Anne McArdle (Chair)
- Professor Thomas Kirkwood CBE
- Professor Linda Partridge DBE
- Professor Tim Skerry
- Professor Susan Ozanne
- Professor Graeme Close
- Professor Richard Aspinall
- Ms. Sue Armstrong
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
- Dr David Weinkove (Outreach liaison BSRA)
- Richard Faragher (Chair SAB)
- Claire Stewart (Chair, BSRA trustees)
- Ms. Sue Armstrong
- Professor Anne McArdle (ex Officio)