The Board of Trustees of the Center for Aging Research appoints María Blasco to be the president of its Scientific Committee

by | Feb 12, 2022 | News

The center continues to progress at a good pace to make the Valencian Community an international benchmark in ground-breaking research into the molecular and cellular biology of aging and the genetics of aging.

The Minister of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, Carolina Pascual, attended the Board of Trustees meeting of the Foundation of the International Center for Aging Research of the Valencian Community (ICAR) where the names of the members of the Scientific Committee of the biomedical areas were announced, and it will be led by the scientist from Alicante María Blasco.

The researchers Ángela Nieto, Linda Partridge, Pura Muñoz, Ana María Cuervo, Thomas Rando, Thomas Kirkwood, Izpizua-Belmonte and Manuel Serrano will be part of the Scientific Committee along with María Blasco.

The Center for Aging Research continues to progress at a good pace to make the Valencian Community an international benchmark in ground-breaking research into the molecular and cellular biology of aging, the genetics of aging, computational biology and artificial intelligence systems.

Members of the Scientific Committee

María Blasco is the director of the ICAR Scientific Committee. She has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the «Severo Ochoa» Molecular Biology Center, which was supervised by Margaritas Salas and she has worked at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York together with the Nobel Prize Winner Carol W. Greider.

When she returned to Spain she set up her own research group and the National Biotechnology Centre (CSIC) and later on she lead a Telomere and Telomerase study group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), which she is now the director of.

She has published more than 200 articles in prestigious international scientific journals and she is now a world reference in the study of telomeres (the ends of chromosomes) and the enzyme that controls them, the telomerase.She is a member of the Senior Advisory Committee as well.

She has won the Jaume I Award for Basic Research, the Santiago Ramón y Cajal National Research Award, she is also the « Honorary Ambassador for the “Spain” Brand » and a member of the Spanish Association of Female Researchers and Technologists (AMIT). She is a member of the Senior Advisory Committee as well.

Ángela Nieto has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; she works at the Institute of Neuroscience of Alicante. Her most important contribution has been the impact that the reactivation of embryonic programs has on adult diseases, including tumor progression, fibrosis, bone growth and mineralization.

She is a member of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Generalitat (Regional Government of the Autonomous Valencian Community), a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Curie. Paris; the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), among others. She won the National Award for Research.

Linda Partridge is a British scientist who studied biology, aging genetics and related diseases. Professor Weldon of Biometrics at the Institute of Healthy Aging, University College London, and the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Aging in Cologne, Germany.

Pura Muñoz is a Doctor of Pharmacology; she is distinguished for her studies on cellular aging. She is currently working at the Spanish National Centre for Cardiovascular Research Carlos III (CNIC). She is a member of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Regional Government of the Autonomous Valencian Community. She won the National Award for Research. She is an expert in cellular aging based on muscle regeneration and growth processes. Her research work focuses on the possibility of regenerating human muscles.

Thomas Rando is a stem cell biologist and neurologist and a professor at Stanford University, where he is the founding director of the Glenn Centre for the Biology of Aging. He is also the cofounder and deputy director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and the founding director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic at Stanford.

Thomas Kirkwood is an English biologist whose contribution to the biology of aging has been to come up with the disposable soma theory of aginge. He is currently a researcher and the Associate Dean for Aging at Newcastle University.

Izpizua-Belmonte is a Spanish biochemist and pharmacist; she specializes in the field of developmental biology. He holds the Roger Guillemin chair at the Genetic Expression Laboratory of the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La Jolla, California.

He researches into the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are responsible for embryonic development from the moment of fertilization, and from a single-cell embryo, to the formation of a human organism made up of millions of cells.

Manuel Serrano is a Spanish biochemist and biologist. He works at the Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona, where he is the director of the «Cellular plasticity and disease» group.

Internationally recognized in the field of tumor suppression, senescence and aging. The Serrano team pioneered the generation of genetically engineered mice that are resistant to damage and cancer. The research interests of his group have expanded into age-related cellular reprogramming.

Ana María Cuervo is a cell biologist. She holds the Robert and Renee Belfer chair for the study of neurodegenerative diseases at Yeshiva University in New York and she is a tenured professor of Developmental and Molecular Biology and Medicine and the co-director of the Institute for Aging Studies She is considered to be an expert in the field of autophagy, the process through which the cells recycle their waste and the molecular biology of aging.