Masters of Vitality: Andrzej Bartke

The neuro-endocrine regulation of vitality and lifespan

On 11 October 2012 a public lecture toke place in Leiden, organised by the VITALITY! Programme of the Medical Delta and Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing.

With ageing, cellular and tissue damage accumulates, which was thought for a long time to be driven predominantly by chance. In the nineties of the last century genetically determined neuro-endocrine pathways were identified that control the rate of ageing. Professor Bartke was the first to describe their effects in mammals. His work led to major breakthroughs. Contrary to what was commonly believed, mice with reduced growth hormone, insulin and thyroid hormone levels, and increased insulin sensitivity have increased vitality and lifespan. Being in his seventies now, the research of Professor Bartke is aimed at unravelling the precise mechanisms that enhance vitality in these long living mice.

17.45 – Welcome and snack
18.15 – Lecture
19.00 – Discussion
20.00 – End of meeting

Medical Delta is the consortium of top life sciences and medical technology partners Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Center, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus MC. By combining their strengths and knowledge of universities, companies and government, Medical Delta aims to develop and implement new medication, technologies and effective treatments for tomorrow’s health issues.
The VITALITY! Programme of Medical Delta is coordinated by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and develops sustainable solutions in the quest to obtain and maintain vitality (both physically and mentally) into old age. Concepts like liveable cities, employability, independent living and interconnectivity are elements of the VITALITY! Programme. The mission is to enhance the quality of life by inspiring the older generation.
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