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SyStemAge Kick Off Meeting
On February 23rd, 2013 EMBL Heidelberg hosted the kick off meeting for the new collaborative project SyStemAge. The EU funded project, which started on January 1st, 2013 brings together 9 academic research groups and hospital departments as well as 2 bio-pharmaceutical companies and is supported by 6 million Euros over 5 years.
SyStemAge is committed to identify genes and pathways associated with physiological ageing processes of haematopoietic stem cells and other cell types in the bone marrow niche. In addition, it aims at shedding light on the causes of two age-related disorders, B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). With the acquired knowledge SyStemAge will build systems biology models for age-related diseases and try to generate guiding principles for new therapeutic strategies and drug discovery.
The SyStemAge kick off meeting welcomed 25 participants and provided an opportunity to meet and discuss management aspects as well as research progress. “We had some very productive discussions”, said Anne-Claude Gavin, coordinator of SyStemAge, “and I am confident that we will see a lot of exciting research over the next five years!”
The first annual general assembly meeting of SyStemAge will be held early in 2014.