The BLAST network focuses 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 aim to 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 have partnered with academics across STEMM, social sciences and humanities disciplines, as well as biotechnologists, industry, funders, health care professionals, economists and policy makers to work together to identify effective interventions in ageing processes and develop routes for translation to improve health in later.

BLAST aims to:

  • break down silos between researchers in the life, environmental, medical, physical, and social sciences
  • 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
  • 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 life
  • focus on increasing scientific understanding of the mechanistic drivers of biological ageing that diminish healthspan and lifespan, and predictive/diagnostic biomarkers of age-related poor health.

We will do this by:

  • establishing a significant online and social media community to increase user engagement and to provide accessible platforms to spread reliable science-based information abouthealthy longevity
  • holding integrative workshops, summer schools and journal clubs
  • supporting new research through pump-priming funding
  • working with other interdisciplinary ageing networks under the umbrella of UKANet (UK ageing network)
BLAST Pump-Priming Call – Round 6 – now Open

June 4, 2024

BLAST Pump-Priming Call – Round 6 – now Open

Following our 1st Workshop Sexual Dimorphism in Ageing, applications are now open for BLAST’s 6th Round of Pump-Priming Funds. We welcome applications for empirical, theoretical and feasibility studies, testing or development of prototype devices or analysis of secondary data sets relevant to our primary mission of increasing scientific understanding of Sexual Dimorphism in the process of biological […]

BLAST Pump-Priming Call – Round 5 – now Open

May 24, 2024

BLAST Pump-Priming Call – Round 5 – now Open

Following our Workshop What’s Next? Careers And Opportunities In Ageing Research Applications are now open to Early Career Researchers for BLAST’s 5th Round of Pump-Priming Funds. We welcome applications for empirical, theoretical and feasibility studies, testing or development of prototype devices or analysis of secondary data sets relevant to our primary mission of increasing scientific understanding of the […]

Register for BLAST’s Sexual Dimorphism in Ageing Online Seminars – 3rd June & 21st June – abstract submission extended!!

May 10, 2024

Register for BLAST’s Sexual Dimorphism in Ageing Online Seminars – 3rd June & 21st June – abstract submission extended!!

The BLAST Network has organised two online seminars on the theme of Sexual Dimorphism of Ageing. These seminars will focus on specific topics including: Behaviour, Cognition & Ageing Metabolism, Diet & the Microbiome Immune Ageing Sexual Selection & Ageing Reproductive Ageing & the Menopause The first seminar took place, one on Monday June 3rd from […]

WHAT’S NEXT? CAREERS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN AGEING RESEARCH WORKSHOP

March 28, 2024

WHAT’S NEXT? CAREERS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN AGEING RESEARCH WORKSHOP

17th May 2024 at the Science Gallery in London Bridge, King’s College London – Directions Funded by the BLAST network and co-designed with early career researchers from multiple networks this event is open to all ECRs on a first come, first served basis. The purpose of the event is to allow those within eight years […]