BSRA ASM 2018 BSRA 68th Annual Scientific Meeting

6-8th September 2018, Oriel College, Oxford

Ageing here and now: current research and transformative therapies

Thank you to all speakers and delegates for making this a really great conference, with a wealth of exciting new science.

We are indebted to our generous sponsors for supporting the meeting:

We are still happy to receive feedback on the event using this form: BSRAFeedbackForm2018.


Congratulations to the prize winners:

Hannah Walters (Oxford): Korenchevsky award for best ECR oral presentation (photo)

Adam Rolt (Oxford): Poster presentation 1st prize

Kay Hemmings (Liverpool): Poster presentation 2nd prize

Alex Brown (Liverpool John Moores): Poster presentation 3rd prize


Special issue of Biogerontology

All speakers (invited and uplifted) are invited to submit manuscripts to the special issue of Biogerontology accompanying the conference.

The main topics covered by this SI reflect the sessions at the conference and are likely to include:

  • Ageing research in an ageing society
  • Targeting cell senescence to treat age-related disease
  • Ageing mechanisms
  • Tools and models to study ageing (including stem cells)
  • Ageing in time and place: biomarkers; systems, trials and drug discovery
  • Collaborative papers arising from the Early Career Researcher session


Preparing your manuscript: please follow the Author’s Guide for manuscript submission to Biogerontology (see and submit your manuscript online at

During submission, choose the title of this special issue (BSRA SI 2018) in the subject line.

Submission Deadline: 15th November 2018

Contact  Dr. Katarzyna Goljanek-Whysall, University of Liverpool ( and Prof. Lynne Cox, University of Oxford (


Final programme can be downloaded from here: BSRA 2018 FINAL PROGRAMME

Registration costs (including all meals and conference gala dinner):

BSRA membership £30 (£10 students)
Early career researchers: members £200,  non-members £250
General: members £300, non-members £350

The BBSRC are generously offering bursaries for all BBSRC-funded early career researchers. Details of your BBSRC funding (grant number, project title and PI) are required to apply for a refund of registration fees and economy travel, which will be done as soon as possible after the end of the meeting.

Join/renew BSRA membership here

Register here

Scientific sessions include:
  • Research in an ageing society
  • Cells as cause and treatment of age-related disease
  • Ageing mechanisms
  • Ageing tools and models
  • Ageing in time and place – biomarkers, trials and drug discovery

The conference will consider research into the biology of ageing and new therapies emerging from that research. It will also assess the context in which we carry out research, in an ageing society and in a changing funding landscape.

Speakers include:
  • Sarah Harper, Oxford, UK (the demographics of ageing societies)
  • Suresh Rattan, Århus, Denmark and editor-in-chief Biogerontology (cell senescence)
  • Sian Harding, National Heart and Lung Institute and Imperial College, London, UK (cardiac stem cells)
  • Daniel Munez-Espin, Cambridge, UK (cell senescence)
  • Peter de Keizer, Utrecht, Netherlands (developing senolytics)
  • Nathaniel David, USA (Unity Biotechnology – senolytic trials)
  • Andrea Ablasser, Lausanne, Switzerland (innate immune signalling in ageing)
  • Katja Simon, Oxford, UK (autophagy, inflammation and ageing)
  • Peter Adams, Beatson Institute, Glasgow and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, San Diego (retrograde signalling in the SASP)
  • Viktor Korlochuck, Newcastle University, UK (mTORC1 in senescence)
  • Qing-Jun Meng, Manchester, UK (circadian rhythms in ageing)
  • Miles Witham, Newcastle, UK (musculoskeletal ageing clinical trials)
  • Paul Fairchild, Oxford, UK (stem cells in regenerative therapies)
  • Evandro Fei Fang, Oslo, Norway (NAD+ and autophagy in premature ageing Werner syndrome)
  • Lynne Cox, Oxford, UK (Werner syndrome models in worms and flies)
  • Eric Hill, Aston, UK (3D models of neuronal ageing)
  • Chas Bountra, Oxford, UK (a new national strategy for developing anti-ageing therapies)
  • Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education


Commercial investors may be in attendance, so please do not disclose any potentially commercially sensitive material in your abstract. Unpublished work will be treated in confidence and we ask all delegates not to disclose any information on social media or other media platforms without express permission of authors.

For queries, contact local organiser Lynne Cox

Conference guests have the opportunity to stay in historic rooms in Oriel College (many en suite), with conference talks, breakout sessions and meals taking place within the college. Oriel is renowned for the excellent quality of its catering, with conference guests dining in the spectacular hall.

Conference accommodation

Conference delegates can book single en suite student rooms in Oriel College at a cost of £89 pn B&B (+VAT), or single with shared bathroom at £66 pn B&B (+VAT) for the nights of 6thand 7thSeptember, on a first come first served basis. To see room availability, you need to enter the code BSRA18 before you click on the availability button of the accommodation website as this reveals the rooms we have reserved for the conference. A number of rooms are still available – please contact the local organiser if you have problems. 

To book a room in Oriel College, please follow the instructions below:

Enter the Oriel Bed and Breakfast website to reserve accommodation

Type in the code BSRA18 before checking availability

Choose the room(s) you wish to reserve and continue through the website.

A few rooms may also be available for the nights of the 5th September and 8th September if you wish to stay and enjoy the sights of Oxford and visit Blenheim Palace (note the Palace is closed on 8th September but re-opens to the public on 9th).

Further information about the accommodation, and local places of interest to visit can be found here.

Oriel College was founded in 1326, and is the fifth oldest college in Oxford. It is based right in the centre of the vibrant city of Oxford.


The centre of Oxford contains many buildings of historic interest, together with art galleries and the famous Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library, all within walking distance of Oriel.

Oxford is a short distance from Blenheim Palace, and for those with more commercial interests, the brand-new Westgate Centre offers a huge range of shops, with the world-famous Bicester Village retail outlet only a short bus ride away.

Oxford has excellent transport links including direct bus services to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports (, to central London (London Tube and X90), National Express services to the rest of the UK, together with direct trains to London and many other parts of the country.

Other local (but expensive) accommodation:

The Eastgate Hotel (4*)Within 5 mins walk of Oriel:

73 High Street
Tel: (+44)1865/248332
Fax: (+44)1865/794163

The Old Bank Hotel (5*)Within 5 mins walk of Oriel:

92-94 HIGH ST
01865 799599

The Randolph Hotel (5*)Within 10-15 mins walk of Oriel:

Beaumont Street,
Tel 0344 879 9132
International +44 1865 256 400


Booking.comand other hotel booking websites may be able to offer deals in other hotels or apartments.

University Roomsoccasionally has availability in student rooms in other colleges but these do book out quickly.


Please note that there is NO PARKING on the college site and parking adjacent in the road is limited to 2 hours per session (with no return within an hour) so is not suitable for the duration of the conference sessions. There are several Park and Ride sites around the periphery of the city with very regular bus services running until very late at night/early morning.

There are a number of car parks within the city centre and further out, run by the council. For details, click here.


Oxford has several ‘hire to ride’ bicycle schemes.


Oxford does not have an Uber service but does have several local taxi companies. There is a dedicated taxi phone in the Porters’ Lodge. Examples (without specific recommendations) include:

Royal Cars 01865 777 333
GoGreen Taxis 01865 922 222
OO1 Taxis 01865 240000or via app