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The new science of ageing

Event

Starts:

May
102010

09:00

Ends:

May
112010

17:00

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

 

Organised by Professor Linda Partridge DBE FRS, Professor Janet Thornton CBE FRS and Professor Gillian Bates FRS

Research into ageing has been galvanised by the discovery of single-gene mutations that extend healthy lifespan of laboratory animals and that delay multiple, ageing-related diseases. Evolutionary conservation of these genetic effects allows the use of invertebrates to understand human ageing. This meeting will discuss the scientific challenges and the prospects for a broad-spectrum, preventative medicine for age-related disease. 

The proceedings of this meeting have now been published in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B. Audio recordings of the meeting are also available below.

Schedule of talks

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Introduction from Professor Linda Partridge DBE FRS

Professor Linda Partridge DBE FRS

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Bioinformatics and ageing research

Professor Janet Thornton CBE FRS, European Bioinformatics Institute

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Organiser

Professor Gillian Bates FRS, King's College London

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Session 1

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Welcome by Mr Stephen Cox CVO, Executive Secretary, Royal Society

Mr Stephen Cox

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Professor Linda Partridge DBE FRS

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Genes and cells that can extend the lifespan of C. elegans

Professor Cynthia Kenyon, University of California San Francisco

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Evolutionarily conserved mechanisms of ageing

Professor Brian Kennedy, University of Washington

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Single gene mutations and healthy ageing in mammals

Professor Andrzej Bartke, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

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Genetics of human longevity

Professor Eline Slagboom, Leiden University Medical Centre

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Damage segregation and cellular rejuvenation

Professor Thomas Nyström, Göteborg University

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Bioinformatics and ageing research

Professor Janet Thornton CBE FRS, European Bioinformatics Institute

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Developmental drift and ageing stochasticity in C. elegans

Professor Stuart Kim, Stanford University

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Systems biology of ageing and longevity

Professor Tom Kirkwood, Newcastle University

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Mammalian models of extended healthy lifespan

Professor Dominic Withers, Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London

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Mammalian models of extended healthy lifespan

Professor Andrew Dillin, Salk Institute and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Ageing as a risk factor for cancer

Professor Maria A Blasco, Spanish National Cancer Research Centre

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Ageing and stem cell dysfunction in tissue repair

Professor Thomas Rando, Stanford University

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The promise of human genetics in preventing ageing-related disease

Professor Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

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Drug discovery and development for elderly people: opportunities and challenges

Professor William Evans, GlaxoSmithKline

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The prospects for treating human ageing

Dr David Gems, University College London

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Future directions for the new science of ageing (Discussion Session)

Professor Janet Lord, University of Birmingham

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The new science of ageing The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK