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The end of ageing

Tuesday 19th October 2010 @ 18:15

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00


Professor Nadia Rosenthal, Chair in Cardiovascular Science ; Scientific Director, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College.

If some animals can regenerate, will we be able to do so in the future?

Starfish and planarium can regenerate their bodies. Starfish can grow back arms in a matter of weeks—and a planarium is so full of stem cells that one becomes more if cut into pieces. So if they can do it, why can’t we?

Prof Rosenthal's commitment to understanding muscle is leading her towards breakthroughs in preventing and treating heart attacks and discoveries made in mice are being used to translate to strategies for human therapy much more quickly than ever before. In this talk Nadia will extend her thinking about stem cells in regeneration to include how stem cells may play a role in reversing the process of ageing and perhaps even extending life span.

With her research team, she has found that insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) can slow or even reverse muscle loss in mouse models of degenerative diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Besides holding the Chair in Cardiovascular Science at Imperial College Professor Rosenthal is Senior Scientist and Head of the Mouse Biology Unit at European Molecular Laboratory in Rome, and Founding Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne.  She is American by birth, studying for a doctorate at Harvard Medical School before training as a post doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and returning to carry out research at Harvard.

Her working life on three continents means that she will be catching a plane to Australia directly after the lecture and we have therefore changed our normal lecture start time to 18.15. 

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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Venue: Physics Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Building, Prince Consort Road SW7

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