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Science of AgeingResearch Programme


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Summary of key aims

This initiative was launched in early 1998. It focused on improving understanding of normal ageing, and had relevance to the Government's EQUAL initiative in ageing.
Applications in any relevant area of research within the BBSRC remit were considered, but there was a particular focus on the following areas:
- cellular senescence: the mechanism of tissue damage and breakdown;
- biochemistry of stress, repair and accumulation of damage;
- ageing in biological systems, particularly neurosciences and immunology;
- the ageing population and evolution: understanding the primary mechanisms of ageing and underlying genetic determinants of life span and reproduction potential.

Admin contact

+44 (0)1793 413200
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Scientific contact

Dr C M Miles
44 (0)1793 413359
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Funding contact

Dr C M Miles
44 (0)1793 413359
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

programme to be evaluated by external reviewers in the coming years

What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

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