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Comparative biology of aging

 French version

Roscoff (Brittany), France, October 12-16, 2015


Deadline for application: September 9, 2015


Chairperson: Eric GILSON

Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging, University of Nice - Sophia-Antipolis, CNRS UMR 7284 - Faculty of Medicine, 28 Avenue Valombrose, 06107 Nice Cedex 2, France
Phone: +33 (0) 4 93 37 76 99 – Fax: +33 (0) 4 93 37 76 76  


Vice-chairperson: Thomas BOSCH

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Zoological Institute, Olshausenstrasse 40, D-24098 Kiel, Germany
Phone: +49 431 880 4169 – Fax: +49 431 880 4747

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Aging is a biological process that can be defined as a time-dependent loss of fitness and functional decline of organs and organisms. Strikingly, an extraordinary diversity of aging strategy exists in nature. Moreover, the ageing of human populations is set to present major challenges to healthcare systems as age-related diseases increasingly dominate medicine. Thus, understanding how living organisms age is of paramount importance both in respect to our comprehension of the fundamental mechanisms regulating homeostasis and life evolution as well as to prevent and cure a large variety of age-related pathologies.

Studies using model organisms such as yeast, nematode, fly, zebrafish and mice have generated significant insight into the mechanisms involved in aging. A wealth of recent studies looking into the biological features of aging in a larger variety of organisms revealed the highly heterogeneous characteristics of the aging process. Whether these « natural » differences can be explained by different combinations of the aging mechanisms revealed in model organisms is presently unknown. Therefore, comparative approaches based on the diversity of aging strategies are highly promising to better understand the aging mechanisms and to favor the emergence of unifying principles on the mechanisms and evolution of aging.

The "Comparative Biology of Aging" conference will gather scientists using both model and non-model organisms in order to favor holistic approaches to better understand the mechanisms, the physiology and the « raison d’être » of aging during evolution. This meeting will favor multidisciplinary interactions between workers from various different disciplines (geneticists, microbiologists, biomedical researchers, biochemists, molecular and cellular biologists, development biology, zoologists, plant biologists, ecophysiologists and demographers) working on various organisms (bacteria, yeasts, cnidarian, nemadode, insects, plants, clams, fishes, birds, lezards, rodents, primates, humans…..), so that the overall direction of the aging topic can be discussed.


Invited speakers
(provisional titles)


AGUILANIU Hugo (Lyon, France)
Linking reproduction to diet-restriction-induced longevity

ALMOUZNI Geneviève (Paris, France)
(Title to be announced)

AMDAM Gro V. (Tampa, USA)
(Title to be announced)

ANTEBI Adam (Köln, Germany)
Cell non-autonomous regulation of longevity

ARCANGIOLI Benoiti (Paris, France)
Mutations as a function of time

AUSTAD Steven (San Antonio, USA)
(Title to be announced)

BAUDISCH Anette (Rostock, Germany)
(Title to be announced)

BOSCH Thomas (Kiel, Germany)
Healthy aging: lessons from non-senescent hydra

BRUNET Anne (Stanford, USA)
(Title to be announced)

CRISCUOLO François (Strasbourg, France)
(Title to be announced)

CAMPISI Judith (Berkeley, USA)
(Title to be announced)

DE VILLARTAY Jean-Pierre (Paris, France)
(Title to be announced)

DONG Meng-Qiu (Beijing, China)
(Title to be announced)

GILSON Eric (Nice, France)
Genome-wide outcome of telomere dysfunction

GLADISHEV Vadim (Boston, USA)
Comparative genomics of aging

GOODHARDT Michele (Paris, France)
(Title to be announced)

GORBUNOVA Vera (Rochester, USA)
Mechanisms contributing to longevity and tumor suppression in long-lived rodents species

KIRKWOOD Tom (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom)
Evolutionary understanding of the diverse biology of ageing and longevity

LEMAITRE Jean-Marc (Montpellier, France)
(Title to be announced)

MATIC Ivan (Paris, France)
(Title to be announced)

MECHTA-GREGORIOU Fatima (Paris, France)
(Title to be announced)

MILLER David (Townsville, Australia)
(Title to be announced)

MONAGHAN Patt (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
(Title to be announced)

NYSTROM Thomas (Göteborg, Sweden)
(Title to be announced)

PARTRIDGE Linda (Köln, Germany)
Diet and aging

RIHA Karel (Vienna, Austria)
Germline replications and somatic mutation accumulation are independent of vegetative lifespan in Arabidopsis

ROETTINGER Eric (Nice, France)
Characterization of telomere and regeneration in the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis

RUDOLPH K. Lenhard (Jena, Germany)
(Title to be announced)

SCHUMACHER Björn (Köln, Germany)
Systemic DNA damage responses: organismal adaptations to genome instability


Deadline for application: September 9, 2015


Registration fee (including board and lodging)

425 € for PhD students
550 € for other participants


Application for registration
The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should send:

- their curriculum vitae
- the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
- the abstract of their presentation

to the Chairperson of the conference ( before the deadline. After it, the organizers will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.


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