Members of the scientific community gathered at the Wellcome Collection in London for the 78th Stephen Paget Memorial Lecture, the first time that the lecture has been held since 2008.
The Lecture was established in 1927 following the death of Stephen Paget, founder of UAR forerunner, the Research Defence Society. Past Paget Lecturers have included Nobel Laureates Sir Howard Florey and Sir Peter Medawar, and renowned evolutionary biologist and science writer Professor Steve Jones.
Professor Dame Linda Partridge, director of the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, delivered a fascinating lecture on “The Science of Healthy Ageing”. Recent work has shown that ageing is malleable to genetic, dietary and pharmacological intervention. She described work in her own laboratory to create an inducible model of Alzheimer’s disease using fruit flies, which shows very similar pathology to the human condition. These findings have opened the way to discovering drugs capable of producing a broad-spectrum improvement in the health of older people.
To mark this historic event, Understanding Animal Research launched the Openness Awards, an annual presentation to celebrate the achievements of the sector in honouring their commitment to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research. Since the launch in May 2014 the Concordat has brought together 85 UK organisations involved in animal research in a pledge to be more open and transparent about their use of animals in science.
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