The conference Healthy Ageing – From microorganisms to humans is taking place at Chalmers on August 30-31, organized by the Life Science Engineering Area of Advance and Molecular Frontiers. Co-organizers are the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and AstraZeneca.
Read more about the seminar days and register on the Healthy Ageing's own page.
Dina Petranovic, you are an Associate Professor at the department of Biology and Biological Engineering, CEO of Molecular Frontiers and the person in charge of the Healthy Ageing conference. Tell us about the ideas behind this!
– Me and my colleagues at Chalmers are doing research on age-related diseases. So do many others in Gothenburg – for example at the Sahlgrenska Academy and the University of Gothenburg. This is an area of great interest. We are getting older and ageing is a natural risk factor for diseases. Questions concerning ageing are therefore becoming increasingly important in a global perspective – meeting the needs of an ageing population is one of our biggest challenges. At the same time, our research field is relatively new. We would like to focus on these important issues and we believe it will be of wide interest. We also have the opportunity to collaborate with our Jubilee Professor Valter Longo from the University of Southern California. His field of specialization is gerontology, and he is visiting Chalmers in August.
What can you tell us about the rest of the speakers and topics?
– Confirmed speakers are Valter Longo, Professor Thomas Nyström from the Sahlgrenska Academy and Linda Partridge, Professor at University College London. We have many more strong names to release soon, both from academia and industry, Swedish and international. The topics covers research of various aspects of ageing, using models as yeast cells, fruit flies and worms, or human studies. We will learn more about how various biological processes – such as protein damage or nutrient sensing – regulate ageing.
Who do you believe will come to the conference?
– I hope that scientists from different disciplines, nationally and internationally, will gather. We are also inviting high school students in year 2 and 3, to educate but also to inspire. I think it is important for them to understand what research is all about, and what the future holds – whether they are prospective researchers or not, this concerns us all. Through Molecular Frontiers, we can also offer scholarships for students from all over the country to come. We also hope to attract visitors from our funding and policy agencies, members from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and representatives from the industry. To get extra visibility on the research agenda, I would also like the media to attend.
What do you offer?
– We offer 1.5 days of fantastic international top level science in a hot field of research that is of interest to all human beings. The conference will start on Tuesday morning on August 30, and continue until approximately 14:00 on Wednesday. We also offer refreshments and lunch on both days. And all free of charge!
When do the participants need to register?
– We will keep the registration open as long as possible, so I would like to say until August 25.
Do you want to add anything else?
– This is one of the conferences that we are organizing for free because we think it concerns us all – young and old, of any profession or calling, from industry and academia. We all want healthy and long lives, and we are now just seeing the tip of the research on ageing.
Text: Mia Malmstedt