07:11pm Wednesday 26 February 2020

We’re living longer but are we living better?

Global advances have given us boundless opportunities but is our health suffering as our lives get busier? Are we close to uncovering a “fountain of youth” to restore our health and offset the inevitable decline of our bodies?

These are just some of the questions that will be discussed by Monash researchers at the University’s final Alumni Speaker Series event for 2012.

Professor Colette Browning, Director of Primary Care Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and recognised leader in psychology and health, will speak about her recent research which examined the effects of ageing on a group of individuals who were followed over 16 years.

Professor Peter Currie, the Deputy Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, will discuss his research in zebrafish genetics – an exciting strand of regenerative medicine that could spark treatments for conditions such as Parkinson’s, dementia and muscular dystrophy.

A cancer biologist at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr Erica Sloan, will speak about her research into chronic stress and how it contributes to the development and progression of cancer. Her research aims to determine why cancer progresses more rapidly in some individuals and what can be done to halt the effect of stress on our bodies.

“We are excited to be showcasing some of our academic colleagues who are working to improve our lives,” Director, Alumni Relations Louise McCarthy said.

“There is exciting research happening at Monash; we are proud of our University’s achievements.

“We hope you can join us to find out how these research breakthroughs will improve our lives and the lives of our family and friends.”

‘Living longer. Living better?’ will be held at BMW Edge, Federation Square, 6pm for 6.30pm-8.00pm, Wednesday 31 October. All staff and students are welcome to attend this free event. Register online at the Alumni Community website.

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