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18:30 - 20:00 5 December 2013

The Search For Drugs That Slow Ageing - Are We There Yet? and Why Not?


Cruciform Lecture Theatre LT1 | Cruciform Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Richard A. Miller, Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Richard Miller is a Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School Associate Director for Research, Geriatrics Center, University of Michigan Director, Nathan Shock Center in the Biology of Aging, University of Michigan

Nearly everyone who does medical research works on one disease at a time: cancer, or AIDS, or Alzheimer's, or what have you. One problem with this approach is that even dramatic success would do surprisingly little to improve human health: a complete cure for human cancer, for example, would extend average human lifespan by about 2.6 years, i.e. only about 3%. In contrast, biogerontologists have shown, over the last two decades, that fiddling with the basic mechanisms of aging can increase the lifespan of mice by up to 40%, i.e. about 10-fold the change you'd expect from a cancer cure in people.This new data suggest that drugs that slow aging, by delaying the wide array of diseases and disabilities that afflict old people, might help us stay as active, healthy, and productive in our 90's as we are today in our 50's.

This event has been organised by the UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing.


Kasia Diez
+44 (0)20 7679 8585 | k.diez@ucl.ac.uk


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