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David Gems

British geneticist and biogerontologist, Professor of Biology of Ageing at University College London

I am a Professor of Biogerontology (the scientific study of the biology of ageing) at the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA), where I am Research Director. I graduated from Sussex University and then conducted research at Glasgow University, Imperial College, and the University of Missouri-Columbia USA, where in 1993 I began working on the biology of ageing in C. elegans with Prof. Don Riddle. I set up my own research group at UCL in 1997 with the support of a fellowship from the Royal Society. Much of my work uses the nematode worm C. elegans to understand the fundamental mechanisms that cause the ageing process, including late-life disease. I have also contributed to studies of aging in other nematodes, Drosophila, the mouse and Pacific salmon, and penned articles on the ethics of ageing research. I am a founder member of the IHA, and have contributed to over 160 articles, mostly on ageing. 

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Details last updated 07-Sep-2019

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BSRA Annual Scientific Meeting 2023

06-Sep-2023 to 08-Sep-2023

A compelling lineup of speakers from all areas of the biology of ageing

Dr. David Gems | Hyperfunction and Programmatic Theory of Aging

Live Longer World podcast #13 with Dr. David Gems as a guest

Global Healthspan Summit 2023

29-Nov-2023 to 30-Nov-2023

Longevity summit organised by Hevolution Foundation (Riyadh,Saudi Arabia)

David Gems News

Ageing may not be just wear and tear, but a programmed continuation of development

Live Forever Club - 31-Dec-2023

Methylation patterns, measured by epigenetic clocks, offer novel insights


Proteins from parasitic worms could be the next anti-ageing therapy

Science Daily - 02-Feb-2021

Helminth parasites may provide protection against inflammation disorders