Reading, UK — The Biogerontology Research Foundation to support an aging resource at UCL (University College London)
The study of mammalian aging in model systems in a controlled laboratory environment is essential if we are to evaluate experimental interventions designed to postpone or alleviate aging when begun late in life. Such studies are rare at present, not least because of the scarcity of suitable experimental material, yet they clearly have far more biomedical relevance and potential than interventions begun early in life or by germ-line genetic manipulation. The BGRF hopes that its support for this resource will be the first step towards elevating work on late-onset interventions in aging to the prominence that it merits within gerontology and within biology as a whole.
The UCL resource is under the expert management of Dr. Raya Al-Shawi, Senior Research Fellow and facility manager at the UCL Medical School . The BGRF is already discussing with Dr. Al-Shawi the prospects for expansion in the future as and when additional funds become available. Dr Al-Shawi said “Our interests are in understanding the processes of normal aging. The support provided by BGRF is most welcome, and in the future we hope to be able to share an expanded resource with other academics to further studies of aging”.