BLAST (Building Links in Ageing Science and Translation)
The BLAST network will develop new knowledge and interventions to improve the health of older people

About this network

The BLAST network will form consortia capable of developing new knowledge and interventions to improve the health of older people by breaking down silos between ageing researchers in the life, environmental, medical, physical, and social sciences.

We will focus on increasing scientific understanding of the mechanistic drivers of biological ageing that diminish healthspan and lifespan, and identification of predictive/diagnostic biomarkers of age-related poor health. By conducting integrative workshops, summer schools and journal clubs, supporting new research through pump-priming funding, as well as establishing a significant online and social media community, we will facilitate interaction between network members to increase knowledge of health-limiting ageing biology mechanisms and ensure effective dissemination of advances, including provision of clinical training resources. We will partner with biotechnologists, health care professionals, social scientists, economists and policy makers to identify effective interventions in ageing processes and develop routes for translation to improve health in later.