From September 6-8 the first international conference in Jena on the issue of aging will take place; the “Jena Aging Meeting (JAM)”. About 200 participants from 16 countries are going to meet to discuss the latest research results, methods and developments in the field of aging research. Topics include the gene- and protein-related mechanisms in aging, DNA damage response in cancer and aging, metabolism in health, disease and aging, genomic instability and senescence in aging, stem cells in tissue homeostasis, regeneration and aging.
The Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) together with the Leibniz Research Alliance “Healthy Ageing”, the “Aging Research Center Jena”, and the “Jena Centre for Healthy Aging” organize the first “Jena Aging Meeting”, which takes place in the lecture halls of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) on the Ernst Abbe Campus. To foster scientific exchange at every level, the three-day conference also offers much space to socialize in addition to numerous lectures and poster sessions. The organizers expect more than 20 internationally renowned speakers, who will give insights into their field of expertise in aging research.
Together with its partners including the FSU and the Jena University Hospital, research on aging has a special significance for the city: The common goal is to bolster aging research in Jena with a combined basic and translational research approach in order to understand the mechanisms that contribute to aging and aging-related diseases.
Keynote speakers at the JAM will be the stem cell researcher Prof. Dr. Emmanuelle Passegué from Columbia University, New York, USA and the molecular biologist Prof. Dr. Jan Hoeijmakers from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Emmanuelle Passegué investigates how hematopoietic stem cells regulate blood production in a constantly changing organism during its lifetime. Emmanuelle’s question is of central importance for tissue development, maintenance and tissue regeneration and has implications for e.g. response to stress, development of diseases and the aging process.
Jan Hoeijmakers’ investigates the mechanisms of DNA repair and the consequences of the defects in repair mechanism on gene stability during aging and cancer as well as various hereditary diseases. His current goal is to elucidate how DNA damage, senescence, apoptosis and stress induction affect the stem cell niche and contribute to the process of skin aging.
Dr. Kerstin Wagner
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