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João Pedro de Magalhães

Professor of Molecular Biogerontology at University of Birmingham Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, consultant, futurist, speaker

In 2008, I joined the University of Liverpool to establish my own group on genomic approaches to ageing. In 2022, I was recruited to the University of Birmingham as Chair of Molecular Biogerontology. We are world-leaders in employing genomics and bioinformatics to study ageing with pioneering work in studying gene networks of ageing and in sequencing and analyzing genomes from long-lived species.

In our research activities we have established numerous national and international collaborations, including collaborations with clinicians, biotech companies and non-profit organizations. Please browse this website for more information about our work and publications.

In 2014, he wrote a paper examining the prospects for curing ageing and concluded it would not happen in his lifetime. As at 2023, he still believes that.

Company Interests

  • Magellan Science - Founder
  • Centaura - Chief Scientific Officer
  • YouthBio Therapeutics
  • Insilico Medicine - Scientific Advisor
  • Longevity Vision Fund - Advisory Board
  • NOVOS - Scientific Advisory Board

Previous organisations:

  • British Society for Research on Ageing - board of trustees
  • University of Liverpool - Professor, Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group

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See also: Academia University of Birmingham - Public research university located in Edgbaston, United Kingdom

Details last updated 07-Sep-2019

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British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA)

Scientific society which promotes and funds research into the biology of ageing

University of Liverpool

Public research university for UK and international students

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ARDD 2022 - 9th Aging Research and Drug Discovery Meeting

29-Aug-2022 to 02-Sep-2022

Event about latest progress in the molecular, cellular and organismal basis of aging organized by University of Copenhagen

Biostasis Symposium UK


A chance for UK cryonicists to mingle and hear from important figures in the cryonics field, organized by Tomorrow Bio (FREE)


Company with mission to prevent and reverse aging.

Commercialisation pathways of longevity innovation


Online event with Prof. João Pedro de Magalhães and Ms. Svitlana Surodina organized by Ageing Research at King's. (FREE)

Ending Age-Related Diseases (EARD) 2021

19-Aug-2021 to 22-Aug-2021

Hear the latest developments from the leading experts in rejuvenation biotechnology research

Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing 2022

25-Nov-2022 to 26-Nov-2022

Unique biennial online meeting of scientists working on the biology of ageing organized by Heales and International Longevity Alliance (FREE)

Longevity Leaders World Congress 2021

04-May-2021 to 07-May-2021

The virtual event for leaders in longevity science, technology, business and finance organized by Longevity Leaders (LSX).

Longevity Med Summit

04-May-2023 to 05-May-2023

Annual gathering of the entire longevity ecosystem to tackle the aging problem

Longevity State Conference 2024


Conference about longevity, its social changes and aging organised by Vitalism Foundation (Cofrentes, Spain)

Longevity Summit Dublin 2022

18-Sep-2022 to 20-Sep-2022

Event gathering Global Longevity and Rejuvenation community in Dublin with many longevity movement superstars as speakers

Longevity Summit Dublin 2023

17-Aug-2023 to 20-Aug-2023
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Event gathering Global Longevity and Rejuvenation community in Dublin with many longevity movement superstars as speakers


21-Jan-2022 to 23-Jan-2022

Online event about longevity boosting organized by Longevity Hackathon with many speakers from the biotech, pharma and other fields

Rejuveron Age Better Live Longer Symposium


Symposium about healthy living organized by Rejuveron (FREE)

The Science of Aging by Prof João Pedro de Magalhães


Why do we biologically age? Can aging be reversed? (Zoom)

Transvision Madrid 2021

08-Oct-2021 to 10-Oct-2021

World congress discussing on futurist concepts like longevity extension, artificial intelligence, human enhancement and other technologies with first humanoid robot speaker, Sophia, organized by HumanityPlus.

Undoing Aging 2022 CANCELLED

26-May-2022 to 28-May-2022

Focused on the cellular and molecular repair of age-related damage (Berlin)

YouthBio Therapeutics

Developing rejuvenation gene therapies based on partial reprogramming by Yamanaka factors

João Pedro de Magalhães Blog Posts

Antioxidants in ageing and health

Antioxidants in ageing and health

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have a positive role in some processes, complicating research, but unlikely that antioxidants slow ageing

João Pedro de Magalhães Creations


Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity


Database of Anti-Ageing Drugs


Database of Ageing-Related Genes

João Pedro de Magalhães News

Body's repair system falters with age as stem cells lose their regenerative power

Live Forever Club - 12-Apr-2024

Machine learning reveals widespread decline in stem cell potency with age


Somatic mutations: Do these DNA changes hold the secrets to longevity?

Live Forever Club - 31-Mar-2024

The gradual buildup of DNA mutations may hold clues on how to combat age-related diseases


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


The reign of dinosaurs may have shaped how humans and other mammals age

Live Forever Club - 05-Dec-2023

Dinosaur-era pressures may have led to the loss of longevity genes


If we can fix the bugs in human software, people could live to be 20,000 years old

Scientific American - 31-Jul-2023

Bill Gifford interviews João Pedro de Magalhães, professor of molecular biogerontology at the University of Birmingham


Longevity Med Summit - Best of the Rest

Live Forever Club - 19-May-2023

Key points from more of the excellent speakers at the summit


Unraveling the mysteries of aging: Epigenetic damage and the limits of cellular repair

Live Forever Club - 09-May-2023

Novel theory of biological systemic ageing suggests epigenetic ageing is inevitable


Use of rilmenidine drug showed lifespan and healthspan benefits in both young and old animals

Longevity Technology - 25-Jan-2023

With a global ageing population, the benefits of delaying ageing, even if slightly, are immense

Read more... interviews João Pedro de Magalhães about theories of, and curing, ageing (LEAF) - 13-May-2022

The one thing I hope he's wrong about is that it won't happen in his lifetime - we just need some exponential oomph!


YouthBio Therapeutics unveils its board, with João Pedro de Magalhães as CSO

CISION PR Newswire - 14-Apr-2022

Another company enters the cellular reprogramming race - hopefully at least one will cross the finishing line


João Pedro de Magalhães provides cautious optimism in this Longevity Technology interview

Longevity Technology - 04-Feb-2022

Maybe a longevity drug within 5 years, but still lots more research needed into process of ageing


Galapagos giant tortoises kill damaged cells to resist cancer and ageing

New Scientist - 20-Jul-2021

Large, long living animals offer insights on natural ways of cancer resistance


João Pedro de Magalhães discusses longevity pharmacology and importance of human trials

Longevity Technology - 23-Mar-2021

Advances in longevity pharmacology to revolutionize healthcare with personalized therapies


Longevity pharmacology promises to revolutionize healthcare industry (LEAF) - 24-Feb-2021

Despite challenges, many companies and clinical trials in longevity field are constantly evolving


Nutritional supplement to live longer is now available - 14-Jan-2021

12 science-based ingredients acting together on multiple aging mechanisms


Gene mutations in DNA may impact lifespan and fertility

Newsweek - 19-Jun-2020

Study accelerated public awareness on genome sequencing & inspires new treatment approaches


Should WHO use a new framework for the diagnosis and treatment of age-related diseases? (LEAF) - 08-May-2020

LEAF summarises and exchange of thoughts between leading aging researchers


Cryonicists get together in New York - Reason reports back

Fight Aging! - 25-Dec-2019

No surprise there is a big overlap in interest in life extension from the cryonics community


Mr Senescence explains how to speed up ageing research (LEAF) - 05-Nov-2019

Long validation times in ageing research – experimental time is a bottleneck


LEAF report from the Longevity Leaders Conference (LEAF) - 06-Feb-2019

Encouraging signs from big companies - more interviews to follow


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