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Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Alternsforschung
Société suisse pour la recherche sur le vieillissement
Società svizzera di ricerca sull’invecchiamento
The Swiss Society for Aging Research is an alliance of scientists of Swiss laboratories in academic and medical institutions as well as in industry, who are interested in aging research and related areas in biology and medicine.
[Nov 21st 2020]
We mourn the abrupt loss of our colleague and friend Professor Jay Mitchell. Our thoughts go to his family.
[Sep 9th 2019]
Superhighway Of Our Cells: Extracellular Matrix with Prof. Collin Ewald- Ira Pastor, ideaXme longevity and aging ambassador and Founder of Bioquark, interviews Prof. Dr. Collin Ewald, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, at ETH Zurich (The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), Founder of Swiss Society for Aging Research and Vice President Swiss Society for Matrix Biology.
[Dec 6th 2018]
Michael Hall wins Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize for Cancer Research 2019
The prize recognizes his discovery of the TOR enzyme which controls cell growth via a complex signalling network. His work has made a key contribution to the development of new cancer drugs (link).
[Aug 11th 2018]
Warum altern wir? SRF Kultur (@srfkultur)
Und auch mit SSFAR Mitglied Tony Wyss-Coray (@wysscoray)
[May 12th 2018]
A Swiss Scientist Thinks We’re in for Trouble. He’s Looking for Solutions in Your Mitochondria.
An interview with Dr. Johan Auwerx (EPFL) about the role of mitochondrial function and protein homeostasis in health, aging, and disease.
[Feb 14th 2018]
Keeping an eye on the entire ageing process
Prof. Ralph Müller (ETHZ) writes about focusing biomedical research more on extending healthspan and on developing comorbidity-mouse-models and computer simulations.
Further information: Bellantuono I: Find drugs that delay many diseases of old age. Nature 2018. 554: 293, doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-01668-0
and COST project MouseAGE
[Feb 8th 2018]
Glucosamine: The new metformin?
Interview with Prof. Michael Ristow (ETHZ).
[Feb 7th 2018]
Treating Alzheimer's as a metabolic disease
Prof. Johan Auwerx's team at EPFL suggest to tackling mitochondrial defects might be the key to designing new efficient treatments against Alzheimer's disease.
[Feb 1st 2018]
Healthy aging now in the revised WHO draft work program 13
The SSFAR thanks all members who actively participated in writing the WHO about the missing focus on aging and aging research for the work program 13. The WHO has included now a focus on “healthy aging” into the revised WHO draft work program 13.
"See especially paragraphs 15, 16, 17, 37, including the WHO commitment to advance the Global Strategy and Action Plan (GSAP) on Ageing and Health (until 2020, including the strategic objective 5 for “improving measurement, monitoring and understanding of healthy ageing”) and to prepare for the Decade of Healthy Aging (2020-2030)."
[Sept 5th 2017]
2017 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for Michael N. Hall (Biozentrum, University of Basel)
Nutrient-activated TOR proteins that regulate cell growth.
[April 4th 2017]
Jojo-Effekt mit Folgen - Gewichtsschwankungen gehen aufs Herz (Deutschlandfunk)
Interview mit Michael Ristow, Ernährungswissenschaftler und Internist, Professor für Energiestoffwechsel an der ETH Zürich
[Jan 25th 2017]
Welcome to the (Extracellular) Matrix (Geroscience)
An interview with Dr. Collin Ewald
[Dec 31st 2016]
Rundum gesund: Nicht jeder Übergewichtige erkrankt an Diabetes oder weist einen zu hohen Blutdruck auf. Doch wer ist gesund dick? (Tages-Anzeiger)
"Ernährungsforscher Michael Ristow von der ETH Zürich dazu: «Gerade im Alter sind einige Kilo mehr auf den Rippen nicht von Nachteil, das zeigen all unsere Daten. Bis zu einem Body-Mass-Index von 27, das wären für Gudrun Padros immerhin rund 70 Kilogramm, würde ich nicht zum Abnehmen raten.» Übergewicht alleine sei keine Krankheit."
[Nov 10th 2016]
Fritz Verzár (1886–1979): An almost forgotten pioneer
Thanks to @MartinHicklin & @unibasel for this great article in memory of Fritz Verzar. "He would have celebrated his 130th birthday on September 18 this year."
He pioneered an assay (rat tendon tail assay) that is still used today for measuring age-related changes (cross-linking of collagens). "Verzár’s work on collagen attracted widespread interest, and rat tendons remained a popular model in gerontology."