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)
ECMage/BLAST/lifetime CDT Joint meeting ‘Young Leaders in Interdisciplinary Ageing Science’

December 4, 2023

ECMage/BLAST/lifetime CDT Joint meeting ‘Young Leaders in Interdisciplinary Ageing Science’

For all attendees – please see our final programme below: ECMage BLAST lifetime CDT ‘Young Leaders in Interdisciplinary Ageing Science’ Conference Programme 31 January 2024 We are delighted to confirm further details of our next network meeting to be held on 31 January 2024. The joint event commences at 10.30 am with registration on Wednesday […]

The Business Case for Ageing Research Workshop is Open for Registration!

October 16, 2023

The Business Case for Ageing Research Workshop is Open for Registration!

  BLAST and MYAGE research networks are co-hosting a one-day workshop on the Business Case for Ageing Research at the Academy of Medical Sciences, 41 Portland Place, London on the 14th November 2023. The workshop aims to identify key gaps and opportunities in the commercialisation of geroscience which will ultimately inform UKRI’s bid in this […]

Pump priming funds (4th call)

July 21, 2023

Pump priming funds (4th call)

Pump priming funds fourth call (associated with the BLAST Summer School 2023) now open! Deadline: 13th August 2023 midnight (i.e. 11:59pm) Please access the application form here Note: The deadline has been extended (Aug 6 –> 13th) to allow for administrative delays due to the Summer period   BLAST provides pump priming financial support, through funding […]

BLAST Summer School 2023 – Applications Open!

June 1, 2023

BLAST Summer School 2023 – Applications Open!

Calling all ECRs! Following the roaring success of our 2022 Summer School at the University of Oxford, the BLAST network is offering another ECR-focused Summer School to discuss the Tools & Technologies in Ageing Research. The BLAST network is one of 11 Interdisciplinary Ageing Across the Life Course networks with the aim of transforming ageing […]