On May 2, 2017, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area hosted a panel discussion at Calico that featured three panelists and a moderator representing academia and industry - all leaders in the field of aging and age-related diseases research.
The evening started with mingling and food. Presentations began with an introduction to the field from the panel moderator, Dr. Danica Chen (UC Berkeley). Dr. Rochelle Buffenstein (Calico), Dr. Dena Dubal (UCSF), and Dr. Rachel Brem (Buck Institute for Research on Aging) presented their exciting research:
Dr. Buffenstein discussed the naked mole-rat as a fascinating long-lived animal--and experimental model of extended longevity--as well as the importance of utilizing different animal models with longer life-spans and greater adaptability to stress.
Dr Dubal gave a provocative talk highlighting how genetic sex influences fundamental biology: having two X chromosomes contributes to longer life span and brain resilience.
Dr Brem described cutting-edge methods for studying genetic changes that have enabled organisms’ adaptive benefits during evolutionary history.
These presentations were followed by lively discussion on the current state of aging research. After the panel, panelists and attendees continued their dialogue by gathering for informal discussions of aging research and career paths. Attendees agreed that aging research is a very hot topic of public interest which should be discussed annually to continually update our understanding of advances in this rapidly evolving field.
Many thanks to the event sponsor, Calico, for a beautiful evening; to the panel moderator for her thorough preparation; to the panelists for their time and input; and to the volunteers and sponsors of Women In Bio. Thank you to all participants, and a special thanks to Neesha Parikh and Matt Valentino!
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