Molecular Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases

Age-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the developed world, but a significant breakthrough has yet to come that would explain the precise mechanisms of their development. Cellular senescence is thought to be a key factor.

Even in the absence of age-related diseases, cellular senescence almost always significantly reduces the quality of life. This is why establishing the molecular mechanisms of aging is a key step toward extending human healthy lifespan. With mounting experimental data and an advance in research methods, it is finally possible to study the complex mechanisms underlying aging.

This international seminar will feature experts from Russia, the United States, Germany, and France delivering open lectures that present the latest achievements in biophysics the relevant cross-disciplinary research for a broad audience. The previously held open lectures have attracted students, including PhD students, as well as young professionals in the early stages of their scientific careers.

Roundtables will be held to discuss and approve the problem-thematic plan of the MIPT Research Center for Molecular Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases, as well as the achievements of the center’s laboratories and the development of joint projects with leading foreign research labs and potential industry partners from abroad.

The event bolsters the position of MIPT in international science and education, and fosters closer ties with foreign partners. This will be facilitated by the participation of academics from across the world, with leading scientists getting to know the current status of the center’s research projects and the availability of research facilities, as well as considering joint project opportunities and details.

Representatives of research and development organizations, including the leading international pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Sanofi, Astrazeneca, and Merck have been invited to take part in the roundtable discussions. Plans to involve MIPT in projects with industrial partners are on the agenda.

Event objectives

The international seminar offers a platform for discussing key achievements in various fields of research related to the study of molecular mechanisms of aging and the associated diseases — be it neurodegenerative (primarily, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases), cardiovascular, or oncologic.


Program committee

  • Valentin Gordeliy, Donostia International Physics Center, Spain
  • Vladimir Anisimov, head of laboratory at N.N. Petrov Research Institute of Oncology, corresponding member of RAS, Russia
  • Norbert Dencher, MIPT, Russia
  • Ernst Bamberg, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany
  • Vadim Cherezov, University of Southern California, U.S.; MIPT Laboratory of Structural Biology of G Protein-Coupled Receptors, Russia
  • Georg Büldt, MIPT, Russia

Organizing committee

  • Valentin Borshchevskiy (co-chair), MIPT, Russia
  • Andrey Rogachev (co-chair), MIPT and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russia
  • Natalia Iakovleva, MIPT, Russia
  • Alexey Mishin, MIPT, Russia
  • Nikolay Ilinsky, MIPT, Russia
  • Ivan Okhrimenko, MIPT, Russia
  • Evgenia Chirkina, MIPT, Russia

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