Workshop on Diversity in Telomere Dynamics (31 October - 3 November 2016)

Published: 18 November 2016

Researchers from the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh hosted a workshop on comparative aspects of telomere biology. The aim of the workshop was to bring together biologists from different backgrounds, and at different career stages, with research interests in the causes and consequences of variation in telomere length.

Discussion at Teleomeres Dynamic Event

The meeting was organized Pat Monaghan and Mary Ryan from the University of Glasgow and Dan Nussey from the University of Edinburgh and formed part of a workshop series conducted as part of International Network on Telomere Dynamics funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Throughout their legacy these workshops have brought together international experts from the biomedical and biological sciences and increased consensus between researchers studying telomere biology from different research angles. Much of this has been facilitated by the collaborative and open atmosphere of the meeting and diverse expertise of the attendees.
Topics covered included:

  • ·         How best to measure variation in telomere length across species and individuals?
  • ·         Environmental and genetic sources of variation in telomere length
  • ·         Telomeres and the ageing process
  • ·         How variation in telomere loss and restoration relates to life history variation

Plenary speakers were Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester, USA), Pat Monaghan (University of Glasgow, UK), Jerry Shay (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, USA) and  Abraham Aviv (Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, USA).

Showboard at Telomeres Dynamic Event

First published: 18 November 2016