The Dutch Society for Research on Ageing (DuSRA)

The DuSRA promotes synergy between fundamental and clinical research

Our life expectancy has soared spectacularly in the last two hundred years thanks to improved standards of nutrition, hygiene and medical care. At the same time, there is a large disparity from person to person when it comes to the nature and speed of physiological changes, the loss of function and age-related health risks. Due to the personal nature of ageing, people also respond very differently to interventions focused on healthy ageing and clinical treatment. Innovative research on ageing has been carried out over the last ten years on animal models and people in a broad range of research areas (including cell and system biology, the genome, physiology and lifestyle).

The goal of the DuSRA is to promote synergy between the fundamental and biomedical ageing research being carried out on model organisms and people. By encouraging cooperation between fundamental and clinical researchers, the DuSRA seeks to advance the translation of acquired knowledge into clinical treatments.

The society seeks to:

  • advance research into the causes and effects of ageing;
  • offer a forum for the discussion of research ideas and new developments in the field of ageing;
  • be a point of contact for advice regarding medical and societal questions regarding ageing.

News for ageing scientists in DuSRA and the state São Paulo in Brazil

Three years ago DuSRA was involved in discussions and the formulation of a proposition for a NWO-FAPESP call on Healthy Ageing.  Collaboration with research groups in Brazil is attractive because there is a lot of common interest into ageing research from the fundamental up to clinical research and there is great science. We are therefore very happy to announce that yesterday this call was finally launched. We like to stimulate all DuSRA members that have collaborations with research groups in the state of São Paulo to have a look at the site and consider this opportunity:


Mind you, the deadline for proposals is on September 3, 2019.

For Brazilian colleagues that visit the DuSRA site and seek contact with Dutch researchers with whom to collaborate, please mail:  J. Vriezen (J.Vriezen@lumc.nl),  so we can help you establishing contact with DuSRA linked scientists.

Eline Slagboom

Chair of DuSRA


3rd Molecular Biology of Ageing Meeting – 10-12 October 2019

  We are pleased to announce the 3rd Meeting on the Molecular Biology of Ageing that will take place from Thursday afternoon till Saturday Evening, October 10-12, 2019, in Groningen, The Netherlands. We cordially invite you to attend the meeting on the Molecular Biology [...]

March 17th, 2019|


“He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.” Plato (427-346 B.C.)

“Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

“By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” George Burns (1896-1996)

“Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” Edward Stanley (1826-1893)

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan (1921-2006)