Meeting Report: Aging Research and Drug Discovery

Esther Meron, Maria Thaysen, Suzanne Angeli, Adam Antebi, Nir Barzilai, Joseph A. Baur, Simon Bekker-Jensen, Maria Birkisdottir, Evelyne Bischof, Jens Bruening, Anne Brunet, Abigail Buchwalter, Filipe Cabreiro, Shiqing Cai, Brian H. Chen, Maria Ermolaeva, Collin Y. Ewald, Luigi Ferrucci, Maria Carolina Florian, Kristen FortneyAdam Freund, Anastasia Georgievskaya, Vadim N. Gladyshev, David Glass, Tyler Golato, Vera Gorbunova, Jan Hoejimakers, Riekelt H. Houtkooper, Sibylle Jager, Frank Jaksch, Georges Janssens, Martin Borch Jensen, Matt Kaeberlein, Gerard Karsenty, Peter de Keizer, Brian Kennedy, James L. Kirkland, Michael Kjaer, Guido Kroemer, Kai Fu Lee, Jean Marc Lemaitre, David Liaskos, Valter D. Longo, Yu Xuan Lu, Michael R. MacArthur, Andrea B. Maier, Christina Manakanatas, Sarah J. Mitchell, Alexey Moskalev, Laura Niedernhofer, Ivan Ozerov, Linda Partridge, Emmanuelle Passegué, Michael A. Petr, James Peyer, Dina Radenkovic, Thomas A. Rando, Suresh Rattan, Christian G. Riedel, Lenhard Rudolph, Ruixue Ai, Manuel Serrano, Björn Schumacher, David A. Sinclair, Ryan Smith, Yousin Suh, Pam Taub, Alexandre Trapp, Anne Ulrike Trendelenburg, Dario Riccardo Valenzano, Kris Verburgh, Eric Verdin, Jan Vijg, Rudi G.J. Westendorp, Alessandra Zonari, Daniela Bakula*, Alex Zhavoronkov, Morten Scheibye-Knudsen

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Aging is the single largest risk factor for most chronic diseases, and thus possesses large socioeconomic interest to continuously aging societies. Consequently, the field of aging research is expanding alongside a growing focus from the industry and investors in aging research. This year’s 8th Annual Aging Research and Drug Discovery (ARDD) meeting was organized as a hybrid meeting from August 30th to September 3rd 2021 with more than 130 attendees participating on-site at the Ceremonial Hall at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and 1800 engaging online. The conference comprised of presentations from 75 speakers focusing on new research in topics including mechanisms of aging and how these can be modulated as well as the use of AI and new standards of practices within aging research. This year, a longevity workshop was included to build stronger connections with the clinical community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-543
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

S.B.J. was supported the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement 863911 - PHYRIST). M.K. was support by NIH grant P30AG013280. S.J.M. and M.R.M. were supported through a research agreement with Zafgen Inc (Boston MA). R.W. Dr is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme: Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Address the Societal Challenge of Aging [NNF17OC0027812]. V.N.G is supported by NIH grants xx. F.C. is supported by the Wellcome Trust/Royal Society (102532/Z/12/Z and 102531/Z/13/A) and MRC (MC-A654-5QC80). L.P. and Y.X.L. are supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme no. 741989 and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Y.X.L. is supported by an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship (ALTF 419-2014). C.G.R. is supported by grants from the Swedish Research Council (VR) (2015-03740, 2017-06088, and 2019-04868), the Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden) (20 1034 Pj), the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF21OC0070427), and by an ICMC project grant. D.B. is supported by the Lundbeck foundation (#R303-2018-3159). M.S.K. is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme (#NNF17OC0027812), the Nordea Foundation (#02-2017-1749), the Neye Foundation, the Lundbeck Foundation (#R324-2019-1492), the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (#0238-00003B), VitaDAO and Insilico Medicine. We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to our amazing sponsors and all the volunteers that made this meeting possible.

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