Professor Sarah Harper CBE elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences

Sarah Harper, Clore Professor of Gerontology, Fellow  University College, and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, has been elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her research seeks to advance understanding of the dynamics of population ageing, one of the largest and fastest growing global healthcare challenges. Read more

Could Alzheimer’s be caused by an infection? | Ruth Itzhaki

Professor Ruth Itzhaki was referenced in an article in The Guardian ‘Could Alzheimer’s be caused by an infection?’ Read more

Oxford Summer School in Ageing 22-25 August

The BLAST ageing network is holding its first immersive summer school from 22 – 25 August in Oxford, aimed predominantly at UK-based early career researchers. The deadline for registering interest is 1st August – via the Application Form on

From ageing hallmarks to drugs for age-related diseases: steps in the discovery pipeline

Oriel College, Oxford 

22nd-25th August 2022

Join us for a 3-day immersive summer school on ageing, hosted in historic Oriel College. 

The programme is designed to take you from the basic biology of ageing processes via the latest tools in target identification and screening, through to drug discovery and clinical trials. The summer school is designed to provide an opportunity for genuine networking as well as skills training, and in addition we hope to publish outcomes from the summer school in peer reviewed journals, supporting your career progression.

BLAST will fund full attendance at the summer school including lectures, teaching sessions, food and en suite accommodation (student rooms) at Oriel College for up to 20 residential delegates as well as offering places for day delegates, with a particular focus on early career researchers. Please note that we cannot reimburse travel costs.

All sessions will be led by experts in their fields. We are delighted to announce that speakers include:

  • Prof Nir Barzilai (USA: Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME): A Concrete Plan to Pave the Way for Targeting Aging)
  • Dr Joan Mannick (Tornado biotech, Clinical trials of mTOR inhibitors in older adults)
  • Prof Katja Simon (Oxford and Berlin: Improving COVID vaccine responses in older adults)
  • Prof Janet Lord (Birmingham: Inflammation and ageing of the innate immune system – mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities)
  • Prof Lorna Harries (Exeter, founder of biotech company Senisca: Splicing alterations in senescence – how basic biological ageing mechanisms can unpin commercial biotech)
  • Dr Adam Rolt (Medicines Discovery Catapult: drug screening platforms in ageing research)
  • Dr Simona Reed (Vice President of Clinical Operations at AltruBio Inc., The regulatory environment and steps in developing clinical trials)
  • Prof Richard Faragher (Brighton, UK Ageing network co-director, American Federation of Ageing Research board member: Ageing Hallmarks)
  • Prof Lynne Cox (Oxford, UK Ageing network co-director, cochair European Geriatric Medicine Society Ageing Biology group: senescence, -omics and drugs in ageing)
  • Dr Eleanor Platt (Medicines Discovery Catapult: Spatial transcriptomics as a tool to identify the effect of geroprotectors on tissue-specific and cell-specific gene expression)
  • Dr Colin McClure (Belfast, molecular biology tools and models in ageing research)

Please register your interest and apply for your place here by 1st August 2022.

Further information can be found on the BLAST web page.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Digital Technology Interventions to Reduce Loneliness in Older Adults

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