ICT For Life Sciences Forum

2012 Graeme Clark Oration

Professor Dame Linda Partridge – ‘Forever Young?’

Professor Dame Linda Partridge imagines a future in which we all stay young by taking a pill that reduces the impact of ageing. She’s not promising immortality, rather she’s working toward a future in which we age gracefully – healthy, happy and active until the end.

Dame Linda will visit Melbourne in July to deliver the 2012 Graeme Clark Oration, hosted by the ICT for Life Sciences Forum.  The Oration will be chaired by the ABC’s Dr Norman Swan.

She predicts that within a decade, there will be drugs which could keep us healthy in body and mind long into our old age. Starting in our 40s, we could take medicines to prevent diseases like Alzheimers and heart disease; to preserve our vital organs; and even to keep our hair full and shiny.

Dame Linda heads research teams at University College London, and is the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne.

A geneticist by trade, her work has focused on the genetics of age-related diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. Leading Melbourne geneticist Prof Phil Batterham says her work has real world applications.

“Linda has done the hard work in the lab with fruit flies, and what she’s learning is incredibly relevant to human ageing,” says Prof Batterham. “Understanding ageing is the one of the most challenging problems in modern biology,” he says.

“And she also finds time to act as a mentor, especially to young women, and she’s a strong public advocate for science in society.”

In her Oration she will explore the science of ageing, and research from around the world that is helping us understand the genes and mechanisms that contribute to a long healthy lifespan. She will discuss her own work with fruit flies, worms and mice and what that has revealed about diabetes, food restriction, and resistance to stress.

She will also be speaking with Australia’s leading geneticists at the Genetics Society of Australasia conference at the University of Melbourne.

The 2012 Graeme Clark Oration will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Wednesday, 18 July at 6.15 pm.  For those unable to attend or living outside Melbourne, the Oration will also be able to be viewed via webcast.


Wednesday 18th July, 2012
5:30 pm for 6:15 pm Presentation

Plenary 3
Melbourne Convention Centre,
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, 3006, Victoria

For more information see The Graeme Clark Oration Website