Institute hosted for two days (June 28-29, 2007) the members (one of each is
prof Sikora’s group) of European Union (EU)-Integrated Project GEnetics of
Healthy Aging (GEHA: www.geha.unibo.it) Consortium for 3rd Annual Meeting.
On Thursday 28 June
GEHA Boards and Committees conferred and GEHA Early Stage Researchers Training
Meeting took place. On Friday 29 June Reports from Boards and Committees were
presented and discussed.
GEHA is the
largest project ever financed in Europe to study the genetic determinants of
human longevity and coordinated by prof. Claudio Franceschi from University of
Bologna, Italy. The
aim of the 5-year project, constituted by 25 partners (24 from Europe plus the
Beijing Genomics Institute from China), is to identify genes involved in healthy
aging and longevity, which allow individuals to survive to advanced old age in
good cognitive and physical function and in the absence of major age-related
diseases. To achieve this aim a coherent, tightly integrated program of research
that unites demographers, geriatricians, geneticists, genetic epidemiologists,
molecular biologists, bioinfomaticians, and statisticians has been set up. DNA
and information on the health status from an unprecedented number of long-lived
90+ sibpairs (n = 2650) and of younger ethnically matched controls (n = 2650)
from 11 European countries will be collected and genome-wide linkage scanning
in all the sibpairs (a total of 5300 individuals) will be performed.