Genes regulating ageing and the quest for immortality, co-hosted by BSRA
Time: 14:00 (BST)
This is a joint webinar with the British Society for Research on Ageing.
Ageing has a profound impact on human society and modern medicine. Although its causes remain largely mysterious, hundreds of genes are now known to regulate ageing in model organisms. Genes can increase longevity by up to 10 fold and delay the process of ageing as a whole in animal models. Applying this knowledge to improve human health would have huge benefits. Besides, lifespan varies dramatically between similar species: mice die of old age at 3-4 years of age, dogs cannot live more than 30 years, yet humans can live over 100 years and some animals can live even longer. The study of species with exceptional longevity or disease resistance may help treat and prevent human diseases.
In this webinar, Professor Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, will share his research into the biology of ageing.