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For Immediate Release

August 10, 2007

MBL Hosts Colloquium on the Biology of Aging

Research aimed at understanding aging processes and age-related diseases to be presented

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—A Colloquium on the Biology of Aging will be held August 16 to 18, 2007 at the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Leading scholars from around the U.S. who study the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities will present their research.

The meeting is sponsored by the MBL and The Ellison Medical Foundation and will be held in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole. The lecture is free and open to the public. Public parking is available in the MBL’s Bar Neck Road parking lot, 33 Bar Neck Road, across from the Woods Hole Yacht Club. A detailed program can be found at www.mbl.edu/aging

The world's 60-and-over population increased by more than 12 million persons in 1995 alone, reaching a total of 550 million. By the year 2025, 1.2 billion people will be 60 or older. Improvements in health care and disease prevention have the potential to create economic benefit to, and to dramatically improve the quality of life of, millions of individuals. Significant breakthroughs in understanding the basic biological processes that underlie aging and age-related diseases are the best hope we have for achieving genuine prevention or amelioration of age-related debilitation and disease.

The Ellison Medical Foundation supports basic biological research in aging relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases. The Foundation particularly wishes to stimulate new, creative, research that might not be funded by traditional sources or that is often under-funded in the U.S.

The Ellison Foundation currently supports the MBL’s Molecular Biology of Aging course.


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