Scientific Programme

The conference consisted of plenary lectures, as well as opportunities to network and hold informal discussions among participants. The conference was of of an interdisciplinary nature with speakers from a wide variety of fields, who added value to the discussions.

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DAY ONE Monday 3 September


08:00-08:30 New Hunt’s House, G.4

Morning Refreshments and Networking

New Hunt’s House, Lobby


08:30-08:50 Lecture Theatre 2     

Introduction and Greetings                                                                                                                   

8:50-09:20 Lecture Theatre 2         

Keynote speaker: Kevin Talbot, University of Oxford
The nature of neurodegenerative disease

09:20-10:35 Lecture Theatre 2           

Session I, Chair: Valery Krizhanovsky, Weizmann Institute of Science

09:20-09:45 – Yaniv Assaf, Tel Aviv University
MRI of brain plasticity

09:45-10:10 – Stephen Smith, University of Oxford
Brain imaging in UK Biobank

10:10-10:35 – Hermona Soreq, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Non-coding RNAs and antagonistic pleiotropism in ageing

10:35-11:05 New Hunt’s House, G.4           

Refreshments and Networking

11:05-12:45 Lecture Theatre 2       

Session II, Chair: Liran Shlush, Weizmann Institute of Science

11:05-11:30 – Wolf Reik, Babraham Institute
Epigenetic ageing clock including in single cells

11:30-11:55 – Yehudit Bergman, The Hebrew University Medical School
Epigenetic regulation of intestinal inflammation

11:55-12:20 – Maya Leventer-Roberts, Clalit Research Institute
Data driven care: innovation in practice

12:20-12:45 – Davide Danovi, King’s College London
Precision Medicine at cell level through collaborative phenotyping: HipSci and the Stem Cell Hotel

12:45-13:45 New Hunt’s House, G.4       

Lunch and Networking

13:45-15:25 Lecture Theatre 2               

Session III, Chair: Hermona Soreq, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

13:45-14:10 – Masashi Narita, University of Cambridge
Autophagy in senescence and ageing

14:10-14:35 – Valery Krizhanovsky, Weizmann Institute of Science
Targeting senscent cells in age-related diseases

14:35-15:00 – Nitzan Rosenfeld, University of Cambridge
Circulating tumour DNA as a non-invasive tool for Precision Oncology

15:00-15:25 – Nathan Karin, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
What can regulatory T cells teach us about future medicine

15:25-15:50 New Hunt’s House, G.4     

Refreshment Break and Networking

15:50-16:20 Lecture Theatre 2         

Keynote Speaker: Uri Alon, Weizmann Institute of Science
Senescent cells and the dynamics of Ageing

16:20-17:45 Lecture Theatre 2     

Session IV, Chair: Kevin Talbot, University of Oxford 

16:20-16:55 – Yifat Merbl, Weizmann Institute of Science
Utilizing proteolytic signatures in Precision Medicine

16:55-17:20 – Tali Cukierman-Yaffe, Endocrinology Institute, Sheba Medical Centre
The challenge of healthy ageing with diabetes

17:20-17:45 – Manuel Mayr, King’s College London
A proteomics approach to cardiovascular ageing?

19:30-21:30 Conference Dinner for Speakers


DAY TWO Tuesday 4 September


08:00-08:30 New Hunt’s House, G.4 

Morning Refreshments and Networking

08:30-09:00 Lecture Theatre 2         

Keynote speaker: Haim Cedar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
DNA Methylation

09:00-10:15 Lecture Theatre 2     

Session V, Chair: Yehudit Bergman, The Hebrew University Medical School

09:00-09:25 – Joao Pedro De Magalhaes, University of Liverpool
Integrative genomics of ageing

09:25-09:50 – Karl Skorecki, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Genomic Precision in drug discovery for challenging targets: applications to
chronic kidney disease

09:50-10:15 – Asaf Vivante, Tel Aviv University
History of childhood kidney disease and risk of adult end-stage renal disease

10:15-10:45 New Hunt’s House, G.4   

Refreshment Break and Networking

10:45-12:40 Lecture Theatre 2         

Session VI, Chair: Masashi Narita, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

10:45-11:10 – Katja Simon, University of Oxford
Autophagy & immune senescence

11:10-11:35 – George Vassiliou, Wellcome Sanger Institute
Clonal haematopoiesis and ageing

11:35-12:00 – Liran Shlush, Weizmann Institute of Science
The early evolution of Leukemia

12:00-12:25 – John Marioni, European Bioinformatics Institute
Heterogeneity in immune activation during Ageing

Closing remarks by the British Council and Scientific Committee

12:35-13:45 New Hunt’s House, G.4     


Henriette Raphael Building, Main Function Room

Registration to BIRAX Ageing Conference

13:45-14:45 Lecture Theatre 2         

Joint Session – Introduction and Greetings

1. Greetings – Opening of BIRAX Conference.

2. Keynote Speaker – Janet Lord, University of Birmingham
Immunesenescence and its contribution to the Ageing phenotype

Conference Concludes 


We are pleased to announce our partnership with Elsevier’s Journal, Experimental Gerontology and who will have Special Issue dedicated to our meeting. Speakers presenting at the conference will be invited to submit abstracts, original research and reviews. The Special Issue will be published early 2019 and there will be more details to follow.”

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