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Finding the fountain of youth: why we age and what we can do about it

Thursday 23 March: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

UTC Cambridge, Robinson Way, CB2 0SZ

"Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed." So said George Bernard Shaw – but was he right? Why the ageing process occurs, and how it leads to the many diseases that affect the elderly – dementias, heart disease, cancer, and others - are questions that have occupied scientists and philosophers for centuries. Dr Rebecca Taylor, MRC-LMB will explain how her lab are using worms to understand how the nervous system coordinates the ageing process, and how it controls the health of cells as we get older. Understanding the mechanisms that underpin ageing could allow the development of drugs that can treat multiple diseases at once – and maybe delay the ageing process itself.

Rebecca Taylor studied at the University of Cambridge, followed by Trinity College Dublin, where her PhD involved studying the mechanisms that cells use to kill themselves. She then did her postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she became interested in ageing and how it relates to cellular defense mechanisms and the onset of neurodegeneration. She has had her own lab at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge since October 2014.

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