Jarod Rollins, a post-doc at the MDI Biological Laboratory, will talk about health and longevity at the lab's Center for Science Entrepreneurship on April 3. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Longer lifespan subject of science café

BAR HARBOR — Jarod Rollins, a post-doctoral fellow at the MDI Biological Laboratory, will make a presentation titled “On Defining Old Age: The Relationship between Health and Longevity across Species” on Monday, April 3, at 5 p.m. The talk will take place in the lab’s new Center for Science Entrepreneurship.

The development of sophisticated tools and technologies has given scientists an increased understanding of the mechanisms underlying aging. Since aging is the top risk factor for most major diseases, this newfound understanding raises the prospect that new therapies can be developed that prolong healthy lifespan by delaying the onset of most major diseases.

“In the last 20 years, there’s been a revolution in our understanding of aging,” Rollins said.

Rollins’ talk also will include the role played by MDI Biological Laboratory scientists in the revolution in aging research. Using the tiny roundworm – an important animal model in aging research because its short lifespan allows scientists to quickly assess the effects of an intervention – these scientists are making discoveries that may one day be used to develop new drugs to prolong healthy human lifespan.

He will discuss how the quest for effective anti-aging products and therapies is becoming a big business. He also will discuss how consumers can separate hype from the legitimate advances in this rapidly developing field.

The cafés are sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Cross Insurance. Refreshments will be served. Visit mdibl.org.

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