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UCL Ageing Event – cultivating research connections across the University

UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain - Ageing theme

Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

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UCL Ageing Event
This event is primarily aimed at UCL staff from postdoctoral research associates to senior lecturers
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UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain

UCL Ageing Event - cultivating research connections across the University

Thursday 3 November 2016


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Please note: this event has proven to be extremely popular so seats in the Pavilion will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to those who have registered online.

For those who have not registered online, it may still be worth coming to the venue on the day, as you may be able to gain entrance to the event if there are people who do not show up. Whilst it is likely that there will be 'no shows', there is obviously no way of us knowing for sure, so we are not able guarantee you admittance on the day.



This is a half-day event aimed primarily at UCL staff from postdoctoral research associates to senior lecturers who work on ageing research in a wide variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, bioscience, neuroscience, engineering, economics and infection and immunity.

Event background
UCL has significant strength in ageing research, particularly in cohort studies, dementia, neurodegenerative disease, inflammation and biology and animal models of ageing. There is also considerable expertise in age associated cardiovascular disease, age-related and neurodegenerative disease and many other age-related syndromes. Furthermore, the UCL Crucible Centre has a cross-disciplinary research remit to facilitate the wellbeing of older people. There are also 148 researchers in 27 Research Departments, Institutes or Divisions identified in the IRIS ageing theme at UCL. The total active current grant income of these researchers is ~£98,067,960. Although not all of this income relates to ageing, these figures identify the considerable success in funding and expertise available for the investigation of ageing and age-related degenerative processes at UCL.

However, key researchers at UCL that work on ageing are unfamiliar with other scientists who work in different age-related disciplines. This is a missed opportunity, especially given the increased focus on lifelong health and wellbeing in the Government’s current priorities for research funding.

In February 2016 an initial event was held for senior Principal Investigators, which took the first step towards consolidating ageing research and expertise across UCL, encouraging new collaborations, and preparing possible responses for future funding opportunities.

Event purpose
The purpose of this second meeting is therefore to enable more junior UCL researchers working on all aspects of ageing to network and to encourage new collaborations.

Event format
As you will see from the draft programme below, the first half of the event will consist of plenary talks on six of the key areas of ageing research at UCL. The second half of the event will be a networking session, aimed at getting the diverse range of researchers in the audience together to network across the disciplines. 



Registration and networking


Professor Arne Akbar  

Professor of Immunology and Head of Immunosenescence Research Group, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity


Plenary lectures
Chair: Professor Arne Akbar  


Dr Jenny Regan

Postdoctoral Researcher, UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing
- Sex differences in life span and the response to diet


Dr Milica Vukmanovic-Stejic

Senior Research Fellow, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity
- Mechanism of immune ageing


Dr Jonathan Schott

Reader in Clinical Neurology, Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology  
Insight 46: A neuro-imaging sub-study of the MRC National Survey for Health and Development 1946 birth cohort


Lynis Lewis

Director, Noclor – Research Support Service & NIHR Clinical Research Network: North Thames
- The Clinical Research Network: What can it do for you


Tarek Ahmed

PhD Student, UCL Eastman Dental Institute
- RecommendMe, a UCL spinout driving healthy ageing


Dr Elena Pizzo

Senior Health Economist, UCL Department of Applied Health Research
- Cost-effectiveness of interventions in ageing population: examples from dementia and stroke interventions


Networking break


Funder presentation - Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Chair: Professor Arne Akbar  


Dr Louise Jenkin
Strategy and Policy Manager, BBSRC


Networking session
Chair: Professor Arne Akbar 


Closing remarks


Networking drinks reception


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When & Where

UCL Main Quad Pavilion
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

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UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain - Ageing theme

The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain brings together researchers and practitioners across UCL and beyond, to explore the factors that determine health and disease in populations, and to develop, test, and measure the impact of interventions and service improvement to enhance the health and wellbeing of the public, and reduce inequalities in health status.

Sitting within the Populations & Lifelong Health Domain is the Ageing Theme - adopted as one of its main themes in 2016/17. Through bringing this diverse range of researchers together to network the Domain intends to help to consolidate ageing research and expertise across UCL, encourage new collaborations, and prepare possible responses for future funding opportunities. 

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