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Lifecourse Biology: from development to disease and the clinic

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13th September 2017 – 15th September 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
28th July 2017

Lifecourse Biology Symposium - 13th to 15th September 2017

As life expectancy increases and populations age, we – as a society – are being increasingly confronted with diseases of old age. As such, a holistic understanding how the body changes over the course of its entire life has the potential to provide insights of great significance.

Lifecourse Biology seeks to understand the arc of human existence: from the fertilized egg, through healthy childhood and adulthood and into ageing and degeneration. It encompasses the changes that occur throughout life, particularly the processes of morphogenesis, tissue remodeling, degeneration and repair. The Bateson Centre at the University of Sheffield is a national centre for lifecourse biology – a multidisciplinary field, built on whole organism physiology and in vivo imaging at the interface of developmental biology, cell biology, stem cell biology, imaging, mathematical modelling and translational biomedicine.

This conference seeks to bring together leading researchers in key areas of lifecourse research and give them an arena in which to interact and develop crosscutting understanding of one another’s fields of research. As a consequence, this meeting aims to be more than the sum of its [outstanding] parts, also seeking to promote and foster innovative interdisciplinary systems approaches. For example, strong synergy links the knowledge, skills and approaches used in developmental biology to the processes that maintain and promote tissue stem cells, organ regeneration and homeostasis in the adult.

Ultimately, it is only by developing such holistic, collaborative approaches that we can properly define and address the big challenges of the 21st century.


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