The evolution of ageing with Prof. Michael R. Rose

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This week on the podcast Mikki Speaks to Professor Michael R Rose. 

Dr. Rose is an evolutionary biologist whose work on aging has transformed the field. They discuss his entry into evolutionary biology, how his mentors encouraged his studies that eventually led to his revolutionary work in aging. They discuss how we are protected during our younger years from the detrimental impact of modern life to an extent, so humans as a species can survive, however once past the reproductive years, this changes, thus influencing the aging process. This has implications for dietary choices, activity levels and even how we socialise, which is covered in today’s podcast.

An evolutionary biologist, evolution has described the field of aging research as “after Rose,” thanks to his influential book Evolutionary Biology of Aging. In 1997, Rose was awarded the Busse Research Prize by the World Congress of Gerontology. In 2004, he published a technical summary of his work on the postponement of aging, Methuselah Flies, followed in 2005 by a popular book on the topic, The Long Tomorrow.  He has more than 300 publications, and has given hundreds of scientific talks around the world. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine and looking forward to retirement.

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