Maria Ermolaeva to present at the 8th Aging Research & Drug Discovery Meeting 2021 (Deep Longevity LTD)

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Maria Ermolaeva to present new research in the biology of aging at the world's largest aging research for drug discovery conference

Maria Ermolaeva, Ph.D., will present the latest research on the topic "Mitochondrial dysfunction abrogates the benefits of metabolic hormesis in late life" at the worlds' largest annual Aging Research and Drug Discovery conference (8th ARDD). Dr. Ermolaeva is the Group leader at Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute.

Maria Ermolaeva studied Biochemistry at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia in 1997-2002 and obtained her PhD from EMBL and Heidelberg University in 2008. Then she joined the newly established CECAD Excellence Cluster of the Cologne University as a postdoc. At CECAD, Maria studied systemic DNA damage responses using C. elegans as a model organism. Dr. Ermolaeva found that germline DNA damage confers systemic stress tolerance by activating the innate immune response and ubiquitin proteasome system. In 2015, she moved to the Leibniz Institute on Aging-Fritz Lipmann Institute in Jena, Germany as a junior group leader. Her group investigates stress tolerance and homeostasis in C. elegans, killifish and human primary cells. The key interest is in interactions of the aging organism with environmental challenges (temperature, diet, light, microbiome) and in preventing aging-induced deterioration of the adaptive stress responses.

The conference proceedings of the ARDD are commonly published in peer-reviewed journals with the talks openly available at Please review the conference proceedings for 2019 and 2020.

"Aging is emerging as a druggable condition with multiple pharmaceuticals able to alter the pace of aging in model organisms. The ARDD brings together all levels of the field to discuss the most pressing obstacles in our attempt to find efficacious interventions and molecules to target aging. The 2021 conference is the best yet with top level speakers from around the globe. I'm extremely excited to be able to meet them in person at the University of Copenhagen in late summer.", said Morten Scheibye-Knudsen, MD, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen.

"Aging research is growing faster than ever on both academia and industry fronts. The ARDD meeting unites experts from different fields and backgrounds, sharing with us their latest groundbreaking research and developments. Our last ARDD meeting took place online and was a great success. This year's event will be a hybrid meeting with virtual and in-person attendees. I am particularly excited that being part of the ARDD 2021 meeting will provide an amazing opportunity for young scientists presenting their own work as well as meeting the experts in the field." said Daniela Bakula, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen

"Aging research is gaining traction in the biopharmaceutical industry. To my knowledge, 6 out of the top 30 pharmaceutical companies in the world prioritized aging research for early-stage discovery or therapeutic pipeline development and several companies employ artificial intelligence for this purpose. We organize the annual ARDD conference for eight years in a row and the level of interest in aging biomarkers and noticed exponential growth in registrations over the past two years", said Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine, and the founder of Deep Longevity.

Building on the success of the ARDD conferences, the organizers developed the "Longevity Medicine" course series with some of the courses offered free of charge at Longevity.Degree covered in the recent Lanced Healthy Longevity paper titled Longevity medicine: upskilling the physicians of tomorrow.