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.
David Weinkove (Chair)
David is an Associate Professor at Durham University. His research focuses on ageing in the nematode worm C. elegans. He discovered mutations in bacteria that slow C. elegans ageing by altering bacterial metabolism. He co-founded Magnitude Biosciences, which provides research services in C. elegans to companies across the world. A BSRA Trustee from 2014-2019, he took up the Chair in 2022.
Paul Morgan (Secretary)
Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Metabolism at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has a broad range of interests in physiology, nutrition and metabolism. Broadly speaking, his current primary interests are on the integration of exercise and diet in-vivo across the lifespan, with a predominant focus on protein metabolism and musculoskeletal deterioration in ageing.
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Dr Neil Martin (Treasurer)
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.
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Ana-Mishel (AM) Spiroski
AM is a Group Leader, in vivo pharmacology, and the Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area Lead at Evotec (UK) Ltd. Her work has focused on the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases across the lifespan, in particular cardiovascular, metabolic, and inflammatory diseases. Dr Spiroski currently supports the development of therapeutic candidates, including novel advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), for a variety of disease applications.
Adrian is the founder of the Live Forever Club providing scientific research-based information on ageing and longevity to a wide non-academic audience. He is also an experienced IT business analyst in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
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Brad is a Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology and lead of the Translational Physiology Research Group at the University of Westminster. His research interests focus on understanding losses in human muscle and metabolic function with ageing, with particular focus on the endocrine signatures of biological ageing.
Dr Cathy Slack
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.
Ira is an associate professor and laboratory head at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. She has a broad range of interests in geroscience, human physiology and cell biology. Her research focuses on ‘normal’ human brain ageing as well as the processes that fail in the brain during neurodegeneration. Since 2021, Ira also coordinates a part of collaborative Horizon 2020-funded project at the Multidisciplinary Institute for Ageing in Coimbra, Portugal. A BSRA Trustee since 2022.
Jed is a molecular physiologist, having just received his PhD from the University of Southampton in bioinformatics and in which he focused on immunodeficiency and immunosenescence. He was awarded an honorary enterprise fellowship from the Faculty of Medicine and occupied roles on the Enterprise Board, the Intellectual Property Panel, and has spent time in industry working with venture capital firms and research organisations conducting industry intelligence analysis.
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/).
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Dr Niharika A Duggal
Niharika is an assistant professor at the University of Birmingham. Her research group focuses on dissecting host microbiome-immune interactions and investigating the potential of novel microbiome-based therapies to combat immune ageing and improve healthspan in older adults.
Founder & CEO, Collider Health; Co-Founder & CEO, Business for Health; Healthy Longevity Champion, National Innovation Centre for Ageing
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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 Paul Shiels (SAB Chair, University of Glasgow, UK)
- Professor Susan Ozanne (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Professor Richard Aspinall (Coventry University, UK)
- Dr Nuno Raimundo (Penn State University, US)
- Dr Oliver Witard (King’s College University, UK)
- Dr Jonathan Quinlan (University of Birmingham, UK)
- Dr Jennifer Tullet (University of Kent, UK)
- Dr Delphine Rolando (Benevolent AI)
- Dr Paul Morgan (BSRA representative)
- 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
- Ms. Sue Armstrong
- Professor Anne McArdle (ex Officio)