It has been a busy few months since we launched our Lifespan Heroes campaign on, the aim of which is to help us expand the scale and scope of our activities.

May saw the launch of our brand new monthly Journal Club, a regular live broadcast to our Facebook page where we discuss the latest scientific research papers hosted by Dr. Oliver Medvedik.

The topic for the May Journal Club was the recent paper:

Ocampo, A., Reddy, P., Martinez-Redondo, P., Platero-Luengo, A., Hatanaka, F., Hishida, T., … & Araoka, T. (2016). In Vivo Amelioration of Age-Associated Hallmarks by Partial Reprogramming. Cell, 167(7), 1719-1733.

In this study, researchers reset age-related epigenetic changes in living animals for the first time. They achieved this by using a technique similar to how iPS stem cells are created and were able to reprogram aged, dysfunctional cells back into cells that work more like young cells.

You can watch the journal club video here where Oliver dives into the technical details of the study and its ramifications.

June will see the next installment of Journal Club, and this will be thanks to the support of our Lifespan Heroes. We will shortly be announcing the new research for discussion, and remember: if you would like to see us do even more live events like this and other exciting activities, please consider supporting our work.


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Oliver Medvedik

Oliver Medvedik, Co-founder of Genspace citizen science laboratory in Brooklyn NY, earned his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program. As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a model system to map the genetic pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans. Prior to arriving in Boston for his doctoral studies, he has lived most of his life in New York City. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Hunter College, City University of New York. Since graduating from Harvard, he has worked as a biotechnology consultant, taught molecular biology to numerous undergraduates at Harvard University and mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T.
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